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Dear Diary . . .

© St. Petersburg Times
published February 23, 2003


Dress in gray suit, discuss CIA, mingle
Critics may consider it odd, but Sen. Bob Graham keeps a meticulous daily log of mundane tasks for a reason. Someday, historians may be glad.

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Excerpts from a Bob Graham notebook.

(Editor's notes in italic.)

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Log 9.17.02 (Tuesday)

6:50 Awake at 3 ST TH (181) (his weight)

6:50-7:00 Apply scalp medication

7:00-7:40 Kitchen -- brew coffee -- prepare and drink breakfast (soy, skim milk, OJ, peach, banana, blueberries)

-- read Post

-- dress in gray suit

* * *

8:00 Al Cumming -- have not received CIA answers to Iraq Qs

8:15-8:20 Walk to HSOB (Hart Senate Office Building)

8:20 Hart SOB 524

-- transfer dictation to Beth Powers

8:25-9:00 Priorities review w Bryant Hall, Buddy Menn, Paul Anderson, John Provenzano

9:00-10:05 Hart SOB 219 -- conference room

-- briefing on Iraq, Cuba, DHS with Al Cumming, Bob Filippone, Lorenzo

10:05 Dirksen SOB 226

-- mingle

10:15 International Drug Caucus hearing on Andean Regional Initiative

12:10-12:20 Walk, elevator, subway to Capitol w Buddy Menn -- discuss EEF, Florida Gov's race

12:20-1:10 Capitol S-104

12:20-12:35 Review status of Apalachicola River + Forest, Miami Circle, Virginia Key beach w Amanda Wood, Kasey Gillette, Zev Simpser (Graham's environmental staffers)

12:35-1:00 Briefing on prescription drugs w Lisa Layman, Bryant Hall

1:00-1:10 Caroline Berver, Bryant Hall re Haitian detainees

1:10-2:15 Capitol S-211 (LBJ Room)

-- Demo caucus luncheon (salmon)

-- topics discussed: state of US economy -- DHS (Department Homeland Security) -- Iraq

2:15-2:25 Walk to HSOB w Senator Jay Rockeller -- discuss JIC (Joint Inquiry Committee) hearing on 9.19.02

2:25 Hart SOB 219

-- mingle

2:35-4:35 SSCI closed hearing on Iraq

-- witness: DCI George Tenet

4:55 conference room

4:55-5:00 Paul Anderson -- re JIC opening statement

5:00-5:35 George Tenet

(at 5:10) MC Goss & Pelosi; Senator Shelby; Stan Moskowitz (CIA congressional liaison)

-- re: WH cooperation

5:25-5:35 Walk, elevator, subway to Capitol

5:35-5:40 Senate chamber

-- vote aye on cloture on DHS

-- talk w Senator Miller re prescription drugs

5:40-6:30 Capitol H405

-- 5:40 John Provenzano will bring dry cleaning, reading materials to 3 ST TH

-- 5:45 Buddy Shorstein -- LVM (left voice mail)

-- 5:50 Geoff Garin -- w/CB (will call back) at H

-- 5:55-6:30 JIC Leadership: Senator Shelby, MC Goss, Pelosi, Eleanor Hill

-- review 9.18.02 format, schedule

-- 6:30 cloakroom -- no votes

6:30-6:45 Walk, elevator, subway to Florida House via HSOB

6:45-7:40 at Florida House -- attend reception hosted by (Cuban exile group that presented him with an award)

-- mingle

-- receive

-- intro MC Ike Skelton

7:40-7:45 Walk to 3 ST TH w John Provenzano

-- 7:40 Paul Kelly (asst sec of state) -- Deputy Secretary Armitage will appear 9.19? or Wolfowitz

7:45 3 St TH kitchen

-- drink supper -- see 9.17.02 7:00 a.m.

-- read news clips

8:30 Buddy Shorstein re: Governor's race; EEF (Educational Excellence for Florida, the ballot amendment Graham had developed to bring back the Board of Regents)

8:40-8:50 -- 3 St TH bedroom, bathroom

-- change to blue shorts

-- apply scalp medication

8:50-10:50 3 ST TH office

8:50-9:00 -- update notebook

9:00-10:50 review staff memos, miscellaneous dictation

9:30 Geoff Garin -- EEF poll

9:45 Adele -- OK w ML

10:50-11:15 3 St TH bedroom, bathroom

-- shower+ dress for sleep

-- read Post

11:20 Asleep at 3 St TH

* * *

(To-Do List begins here)

Drug Caucus 10:15 A

Followup

-- Don Evans, secretary of commerce, place for implementation of Andean Trade Pack

-- schedule night with SouthCom

* * *

Heroin

-- has there been a reduction of Afghan supply?

-- if so, effect on Colombia?

-- to date, FARC ELN (Colombian rebel groups) have been primarily involved with coke -- concern that heroin profits will be irresistible

AUC

is fracturing

still heavily engaged drug trafficking

SouthCom -- wait and see

* * *

EEF (Notes from his conversation about a poll on his ballot amendment on the Board of Regents. It showed relatively low awareness of the amendment.)

knowledge of EEF

15% is a lot of fair amount

19% some

65% not much at all

* * *

("To Do" lists for his staffers)

* * *

Bob Filippone

O Secure e-mail w request for information re Iraq

Mark Block

Paul Anderson

O Jim Lehrer NewsHour -- video of 9.18.02 show

* * *

Buddy Menn

O Colonel Ted Pusey (Army liaison officer)

O Office projects

-- format for presentation (To improve efficiency of the office, Graham has a centralized database that tracks projects)

-- topics

* * *

Adele

(None listed this day)

* * *

Things to do 9.17.02

O JIC

-- Dick Clark (official at Aspen Institute, a think tank) re Islam presentation

-- International intelligence collaboration

-- Interpol

-- Paul Wolfowitz re 9.19.02 panel FBI Director Bob Mueller

-- agents behind screen

-- Newt Gingrich

-- Pat Moynihan

* * *

O EEF

-- Joan Ruffier (former member of Board of Regents, co-chair of EEF campaign)

-- collaborative campaign

-- Carol Shields

* * *

O Prescription drugs

* * *

O Medicare

-- 3 item package with reimbursement of providers bill

-- Senator Phil Gramm -- co-sponsor -- secure memo on amendment

* * *

O 'Night of the Hunter' rec by JRM

O Mrs. LeRoy Collins -- broken hand

O Undersecretary of DOD for int'l

-- Senator Warner -- call General Scowcroft

-- Senator Lugar -- solicit his support -- concern for DHS

O Senator Blanche Lincoln

-- Suzanne -- Margarita Party

O Senator Kennedy per AFT (American Federation of Teachers) $4.5 b ed approps (Graham apparently wanted to talk to Kennedy about the $4.5-billion education appropriations bill)

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