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October 09, 1987
Opened the day with news that Sen. Cohen had announced for Bork—also Sen. Boren. The opposition still has enough votes to win unless we can persuade some to change. A little talk about Len Garment who has been a little erratic about the affair. Sen. Specter has 2 candidates for Fed. Judgeships—after his performance I’ll not reward him for his no vote on Bork.
Discussion of War Powers Act—which I claim is unconstitutional. Also the sequester provisions of the G.R.H. bill—we continued that in N.S.C. meeting. Cap W. came in for this. We’ll have to take on Congress who could conceivably make us take 400,000 out of uniform. We meet a deadline tomorrow. We have 2.1 mil. in uniform & 97% have high school diplomas. More info. on the latest incident in the Gulf. We have 2 of the damaged boats that fired on our helicopters. One other was sunk—no injuries to us.
A good meeting with Deng Pufang—son of Chinas leader Deng. He is in a wheelchair. His spine was injured back during the Cultural Revolution—the Red Brigades beat him. He now works in behalf of the handicapped world wide.
Then an interview with C Span & finally the East Room luncheon—Charles Wicks U.S.I.A. International Conf. A great affair with distinguished people from all over the world.
Then upstairs to a meeting with Judge Bork who has decided to stay nominated for the Sup. Ct. At 3 P.M. he went on nat. T.V. & announced his decision. It’s an uphill fight all the way but I’m with him. Then off to Camp David.