Informal Exchange With Reporters in Los Angeles, California

August 22, 1983

Q. Mr. President.

Q. How was the check-up?

Q. Are you going to the Philippines?

Q. Are you worried about going to the Philippines, Mr. President?

The President. What's this?

Q. Are you worried about going to the Philippines?

The President. No.

Q. Are you going to go?

The President. What?

Q. Are you going?

The President. Well, I haven't had an opportunity to talk or know the details of this or talk to the State Department, but I am sure that we'll be making a decision on that sort of thing.

Q. Are you going to be talking about reelection this week, about politics and so on? Are you going to meet with any of your political types?

The President. No.

Q. No?

Q. How is your hearing?

The President. What? [Laughter]

Q. How is your hearing?

The President. They said that there has been in that bad ear just very slight deterioration, just about the same as it was last year. Just keeping tabs.

Q. Thank you, Mr. President.

Note: The exchange began at 9:40 a.m. as the President was departing from the office of Dr. John William House, where he had a regular ear examination.

As printed above, this item follows the text of the White House press release.