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August

01

1986

August 01, 1986



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Diary Entry - 08/01/1986

Friday, August 1, 1986

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A meeting with several Cong.men who are on our side about sustaining the veto against the trade bill. They are working hard & believe that while it will be close we can make it.

Had a visitor Greg Le Mond—the young man (1st American) to ever win the great 2500 mile French Bicycle race. He has a nice young wife & a small baby.

A photo session for a cover & snaps to accompany an article for “Success” magazine. Then an interview for todays News Week magazine. I have my fingers crossed.

Lunch on the patio then a meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They have gone along willingly & on some matters enthusiastically with instituting changes recommended by the Packard Commission, but they brought to my attention some changes (organizational) being proposed by Congress that would be counter productive to say the least. George Shultz dropped by for a little more talk about S. Africa & then came the high spot of the day: The arrival of Father Martin Jenco—just released by the Hisballaghs in Beirut after being a hostage 19 months. His family were all with him & it was an emotional experience. There was a hint of his possibly approaching the Stockholm syndrome—or maybe it was just his holy forgiveness of even those who had so mistreated him.

Then it was off to Camp David where we ran a video tape of a new film—well at least none of us had ever heard of it. It was “The Last Days of Patton.” Geo. Scott again played Patton & it was wonderful.