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July 19, 1984
Off at 9 A.M. for the U.S. [University of South] Carolina where the heads of state of the Caribbean nations are meeting. I joined the meeting and then spoke to them at lunch. We have developed a good rapport with them & are trying to help them develope economies. By 2 P.M. we were on our way back to Wash. It was a very successful trip. Back in the Oval office had a photo with Terry Misfeldt of the Jaycees publication “Future.” I’m doing an interview for them. Then photos with 2 winners of Sport & Physical Ed. Awards. They were 2 very lovely ladies with fine husbands. Gen. Polk of the Horse Cavalry Assn. came in & presented a print of a fine painting of the Dragons charging in the Mexican War. Three leaders of the Anti-Defamation League (B’nai B’rith) came in for a visit. They are pleased with our positions & our relationship with Israel. Finally a speech meeting on what we’re going to do in next weeks campaign swing. Tonite we watched (finally) the Dem. Convention & listened to V.P. Cand. Ferraro whose speech was pure boiler plate with no facts at all. Then it was Mondales turn & his speech was pure demagoguery. He promised to do things—the very things we’re doing and sounded as if he were going to do it so as to cure an ec. crisis. He did revert to type once—he pledged that he’d raise taxes—on the rich to reduce the deficit. He was introduced by millionaire—son of wealth Sen. Ted Kennedy who assails me as the friend of the rich.