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August 09, 1988
A sum up of bills still to be brought up & which ones we might expect before Cong. takes off in a week or so. A little talk about my proposal to do an explanation of the Iran Contra affair in my speech (Convention) Mon. Some are against it.
I’m told I can expect the Drought bill Thurs. They are also pushing hard to get the U.S.-Canada Free Trade bill. A Fair Housing bill is looking pretty good.
N.S.C.—The Contra Aid bill looks like we’ll have to compromise with Byrd to get anything. I favor doing that rather than having the Contras face a complete rejection.
Our Cong. leadership joined us & again it was a summing up & hashing over the pending bills.
At noon Nancy & I went into the East Room for the Medal of Arts lunch. We handed out 12 medals—1 to Helen Hayes I’m happy to say.
Back in the office a departure photo or 2, then Will Ball—Sec. of Navy just back from Persian Gulf brought me 25 letters from sailors on 2 of our ships. They were upbeat & made me very proud.
Then Dr. Lauro F. Cavazos & his wife Peggy came in. He will be our new Dir. of Ed. He & I & Bill Bennett went into the press room & made the announcement. I think he’ll be great. Then Photos in Roosevelt Rm. with about 50 of our Presidential Exchange Execs. & our staff. Then a haircut—exercises & dinner.