Informal Exchange With Reporters

 

October 18, 1987

 

Mrs. Reagan's Hospitalization

 

Q. How is she?

 

Q. What are you going to do about the Silkworm [missile]?

 

The President. What?

 

Q. What are you going to do about the Silkworm?

 

Mr. Kuhn. What are you going to do about the Silkworm?

 

The President. I can't answer that question right now, but --  --

 

Q. What's in the box?

 

The President. What?

 

Q. What's in the box?

 

The President. I got a date with a girl out at Bethesda. It's a present.

 

Q. What is it, a box of chocolates?

 

The President. What?

 

Pat Robertson

 

Q. [Inaudible] -- Pat Robertson --  --

 

The President. I didn't hear it. I just heard about it. I don't know exactly what he said, but I heard him apologizing about it.

 

Q. Is that the 11th commandment?

 

The President. [Laughter] I'll have to tell them all about the 11th commandment.

 

Mrs. Reagan's Hospitalization

 

Q. [Inaudible] -- Mrs. Reagan this morning?

 

The President. What?

 

Q. [Inaudible] -- Mrs. Reagan this morning?

 

The President. No, I'm on my way there right now.

 

Q. [Inaudible]

 

The President. No, just a little present.

 

U.S. Reprisal Against Iran

 

Q. What -- [inaudible] -- in the Gulf? Are we going to attack Iran?

 

The President. What?

 

Q. [Inaudible]

 

The President. No. No. Oh, no. No. It's just a present.

 

The President's Health

 

Q. How are you feeling, sir?

 

The President. What?

 

Q. How are you?

 

The President. How am I? I'm fine, yes. Now, don't keep me out here in the sun any longer, though.

 

U.S. Reprisal Against Iran

 

Q. [Inaudible] -- the Gulf?

 

The President. What?

 

Q. [Inaudible] -- in the Gulf? What are you going to do?

 

The President. If I told you, I'd be telling them.

 

Q. Are you going --  --

 

The President. I'll tell her you all send your love.

 

Note: The exchange began at 10:02 a.m. at the South Portico of the White House upon the President's departure for Bethesda Naval Hospital, where Mrs. Reagan was recovering from cancer surgery. James F. Kuhn was Special Assistant to the President.