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September

12

1988

September 12, 1988



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Diary Entry - 09/12/ 1988

Monday, September 12, 1988

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Up early & unnecessarily so for me. Hadn’t looked at my schedule which had me due in office at 10 A.M. instead of 9. Well I had a whole hour to clear up some paperwork. Then came staff meeting. Some talk of the campaign. Talk of legislation. Ken says the so-called labor bill is an argument about language not dollars. The Dems. are so mixed up on the Drug bill we may not get one at all. There may be a floor fight on the South African sanctions bill. The textile bill is a veto candidate—pure protectionism. There is a so called Meese report that says nothing. My schedule for campaign is taking shape. Wed. I go to Missouri, Texas on the 22nd—Baylor U., then over to Fla. and back on the 23rd to meet with Shevardnadze. On Sept. 30 I’ll do some events in Illinois Wrigley field for one.

N.S.C.—A young Am. in Lebanon—there to marry his Lebanese girl friend all dressed up in a TUX was kidnaped. Around 3 A.M. he over powered his guards & by 6 A.M. was safe in Damascus—with his bride.

Max Kampelman, Gen. Burns & a few others came in to report on the A.B.M. treaty review with the Soviets. Nothing agreed to but Soviets are now arranging another meeting. N.S.C. has a draft of a speech to the U.N. Tony Dolan is working on it. He came by & got some ideas from me.

Then some desk time—finished the P.D.B. Then a briefing for a pleasant interview which took place at 11:30 with Warren Brooks my favorite Ec. columnist.

A Mr. Blackburn, wife & granddaughter came by for a photo. He was on the bill with me as one of the Blackburn twins at the “New Frontier” in Las Vegas—1954. My only night club performance.

The Issue briefing lunch followed by a Communications Planning Meeting with Mari Maseng—about speeches.

Geo. Shultz came by—gave a rundown on Middle East. Then a long desk session, got a lot of work done. A meeting with Bill Webster & some agents status information. These were agents we’ve recruited in Soviet U. A brief personnel time with Bob Tuttle & over to Library to film an interview for a documentary on John Wayne. Upstairs to exercise—dinner & bed.