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December 02, 1986
Things moved fast—today became announcement day instead of tomorrow. GOP House & Sen. Ldrshp. came down. We met in Cabinet Room. Again I told them the whole story about Iran and answered their Q’s & we agreed to meet again tomorrow. Then I went on T.V. and announced Carluccis appt. Also that Ed Meese at my urging was going to ask the Court to apt. an Independent Council—we used to call them a Prosecutor. I assured our T.V. viewers we would cooperate with the Congress etc. I think we cooled some of the savage breasts.
Later in day Dick Wirthlin called to say my nose dives in the polls had turned around & I was up from 3 to 5 points since Sun.
We had a Domestic Policy meeting on the report on “The Family.” We’re trying to fix it so well intended welfare programs dont become an incentive to break up familys or induce teenage girls to become pregnant.
Later we had a budget meeting—there will be some unhappy cabinet officers because we are cutting back on their budget requests. We must reduce the deficit. Wound up the day with a taping session. Stock Mkt. went up 40 points.