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August

05

1981

August 05, 1981



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Diary Entry - 08/05/1981

Wednesday, August 5, 1981

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Deadline day for the air controllers strike. About 38% are working—air travel is at 75% of normal. We’ve learned we’ve had about 6000 more air controllers than we need. In Chi. Lane Kirkland (Pres. of AFL-CIO) & the exec. comm. joined the picket line. How do they explain approving of law breaking—to say nothing of violation of an oath taken by each a.c. that he or she would not strike. Pres. Sadat arrived. We had good meetings. I told him of our naval maneuvers in the Mediterranean on Aug. 18 & that our ships & planes would cross the Kadaffi line into the Gulf of Sidra. He almost shouted—“magnificent!” The State Dinner was a success. I’m encouraged that between us maybe we can do something about peace in the middle east.