Excerpt: 'Reagan Diaries'

[Interviewed by Time magazine; presentation of awards to high school students; photographed for French magazine; report from Senator Paul Laxalt (R-NV) that Ferdinand Marcos wanted the president to know that he did not instigate demonstrations in Philippines.]

A meeting with Clarence Thomas my man on the Equal Opp. board. I've nominated him for another term. He's done a h--l of a good job. The Lynch gang on the hill is after him. Then received 9 Ambas's. The 9th was Dobrynin of the Soviet U. He brought a letter from Gorbachev. We had quite a conversation I'm not going to form a quick opinion but he sure is different from the old timers I've met. Nancy is in Calif. This place feels empty.

Tuesday, June 24

I'm supposed to be writing this at the ranch but here I am in the lonely old W.H. without Nancy.

When I got to the office Don R. told me I just couldn't go with the Contra vote hanging over us & Tip's refusal to let me address the House. Well I knew he was right but I was d--n mad. There was the matter of my appearance tonite in Las Vegas -- a fundraiser for our cand. for Senate Cong. man Santini. Well we got them to postpone it until tomorrow night. At 12 noon I went on TV with the speech I would have given to the House. I spent the day phoning & meeting with House members trying to line up votes -- with some success. Oh, I met the new champ Ray Floyd & his wife. He just won the U.S. Open. He gave me a new putter. I did a photo for Time mag. & Here I am upstairs with the trip scheduled for tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 25

Dick Wirthlin's poll -- all things considered the figures are good. My overall approval dropped from 73 to 70 though.

[Made calls to members of Congress on behalf of Contra aid; flew to Las Vegas for fund-raiser; received news that Contra aid bill passed; went to ranch.]

Thursday, June 26-Monday, June 30

For the 1st time this year the weather was beautiful each & every day. We rode every morning, then Barney, Dennis & I cut up some downed trees. On Sun. we learned of Sen. East's suicide -- a sad time for all of us. Now it is Mon. night & we are back at the White House.

[Tuesday, July 1: received briefing on good progress with SDI, commented that "Our stumbling block is the d--n Congress who keep cutting the funding which pushes delays of one or two yrs. every time they have their way"; photographed for Life magazine; desk work; ambassadorial formalities; haircut; attended reception for diplomatic corps.]

Wednesday, July 2

Bill Casey & his team briefed us on plans for Contra aid including training of Contra officers etc. They have really worked out a fine operation which if it succeeds will or can bring about Sandinista troop defections.

Had an interview with 2 gals from "U.S.A. Today." I think it went well. Q's. were on S. Africa, Soviets etc. George B. & I had our usual lunch then I met with Geo. S. just back from the Philippines & several other countries. He had quite an agenda for us on stepping up pressure on S. Africa. I agreed with much of it but told him I thought we should offer a plan to Pres. Botha that could offer something other than just turning the 5 mil. Whites over to a govt. by 26 mil. Blacks. I suggested something like Switzerland's "Canton" type of govt. He agreed. Then a taping session which included a toast to Lew & Edie's 50th wedding anniversary (July 14) at Universal Studios in Calif.

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