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November 10, 1987
Howard B. is going to talk to Gary Bauer—word has it that he’s been leaking to the press. Paul Laxalt has agreed to call Orin Hatch who has suddenly gone off the reservation & is throwing rocks at me & the exec. staff. Then we get down to the budget & Judge Kennedy. I’ve decided to nominate him for Sup. Ct. His wife is coming in from the coast & tomorrow at 11:30 A.M. I’ll present him in the press room.
N.S.C.—became a briefing for visit of Pres. Herzog of Israel. Ceremony had to be in the East Room—rain. Arrival at 10 A.M. The Pres. of Israel has a touch of Irish brogue. He was born in Dublin—his father was a Rabbi. Our meeting in Cabinet Rm. went very well. We did suggest Israel shouldn’t be selling arms to Iran.
Shortly after meeting I returned to Cabinet Rm. where heads of all Vet. org’s. & several Sens. & Cong.men were present & with press covering—announced I was supporting legis. to make Veterans Admin. head a member of the Cabinet—loud applause.
After lunch Howard B. brought in his son, daughter in law & 2 grandsons for a photo. Then Dr. James Dobson & his wife came in. He is winner of “Anchutes” award for work he’s done in behalf of the family. He’s been a great supporter of our social efforts—child abuse etc.
Later over to E.O.B. to address a few hundred workers in the anti-pornography & obscenity field & then sign message forwarding our proposed legislation against these evils to Congress. They were most receptive.
Some desk work then over to Dr. He had a specialist in to see my Dupreton Contraction. I think I’ll have an operation to straighten my 3rd finger—my left hand. But not til next year sometime unless it progresses further—sooner.
Upstairs—to get ready for State Dinner.
Guests arrived for cocktails at 7:15 P.M. then dinner, the toasts & a major evening of song by Roberta Peters. We didn’t stay for dancing because of Nancys need for rest. But all in all a wonderful evening.