Reagan repeats a charge first made by Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, that Henry
Kissinger had said "the day of the US is past, and today is the day of
the Soviet Union. My job as Secretary of State is to negotiate the
most acceptable second-best position available." Kissinger denies the
charge, a state department spokesman calls it "pure invention and
totally irresponsible," and no evidence ever backs it up.
Ronald Reagan's public approval rating gains 11 percentage points
following his shooting by John Hinckley Jr.
Michael Reagan, adopted son of the President and his first wife, rides
to California with him on Air Force One. He remarks, "Being next to
him on a whole flight means I'll have spent more time with him in the
air than I ever have on the ground."
Ed Meese says he sees "no reason" to resign as Attorney General.
Apparently the fact that he is involved in at least three different
scandals, half of his top staffers have resigned in embarrassment, top
Republicans are telling Reagan to get rid of him, his private entrance
to the Justice Department is adorned this morning with graffiti saying
"RESIGN" and "SLEAZE", and even right-wing stalwart Strom Thurmond is
saying "That boy's got to go," do not count as reasons.