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November 04, 1985
Mondays seem to be coming around more often. This one is gray, wet & dismal. Our Soviet lad in Kabul made it final today. He left our embassy with the Soviet Ambas. who promised he could go home & not be punished. On top of that our defector from the K.G.B. held a press conf. here in Wash. to announce he was returning to Russia. Something smells fishy. Gov. Candidate Durette (Va.) came by for a photo & a Q&A on the lawn with the press. He sounded genuinely optimistic even though the polls dont look good. Well tomorrow is the day. Issues briefing lunch. In the middle I got a secure phone call from George S. & Bud in Helsinki. They’d just had 8 hrs. of meeting with Shevardnaze with little or nothing accomplished. Tomorrow they meet with Gorbachev.
Later a meeting with the Ec. council to settle the Farm credit matter. We’re going to ask for legislation to reorganize the Farm Credit Assn.
A good meeting—Geoff Swaebe our Ambas. to Belgium. He’s really a solid citizen & I’m glad he’s willing to stay on. No good news from Cong. If we dont have an extension of the debt ceiling by the 15th we will have to sell gold or default on bonds. D--n their hides (the Cong.) we’ll default for the 1st time in our history. Something has to wake those d--n prima donnas up.