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October

25

1988

October 25, 1988



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Diary Entry - 10/25/1988

Tuesday, October 25, 1988

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A lot of press about my meeting with the Olympic team. Some talk about a radio speech on competence & ideology in campaign. I say we talk about both. Tomorrow I’m to call Lou Cannon for 3 Q’s. he’s doing a campaign article. Congress is working on an ethics bill.

N.S.C.—A letter from Gorbachev—he is now President as well as Gen. Sec. Soviet Space Shuttle is going up without a crew. We never did that. E. Germany had paid no reparations to Jews who went through the Holocaust. Mujahadeen are laying seige to Kabul. We have 17 Americans in our embassy there. Japan is upset by our wanting to sell rice to them. Then brief meeting with Pres. Conte of Guinea. He’s making progress on the economy. He spoke eloquently about how great our Peace Corps volunteers are. Then some desk time & at 10:30 A.M. I left for Ft. McNair where I addressed a large crowd of mil., veterans & officials on the 5th anniversary of our landing on Grenada. Then I signed legislation making dept. of Veterans affairs—a Cabinet position.

Back at the W.H. for lunch plus some bill signing & photos with departing S.S. agents—1 female, 2 men & their families. Then a signing ceremony for some changes at Antietam Nat. Park. Author was Beverly Byron. A delegation of Refugees from Soviet U. (Jewish) presented me with a large book called a Hagada.

A 1 hr. N.S.P.G. meeting on E. Europe. Those countries are restless under the Soviet domination.

More desk time, then a farewell reception for Gary Bauer & his family—then a taping session, sneeze shot & upstairs. Nancy is home. Exercise—Dinner & early to bed.