President Ford–Walter Annenberg memcon (September 6, 1974)
THE WHITE HOUSE
MEMORANDUM OF CONVERSATION
- President Gerald R. Ford
Ambassador Walter Annenberg, retiring Ambassador to the Court of St. James.
Lt. General Brent Scowcroft, Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
- DATE AND TIME:
- Friday, September 6, 1974
- The Oval Office
The White House
Annenberg: I hope you will get a swimming pool.
President: Haig is working on it. The design is set. They plan to solicit for public contributions.
Annenberg: I hope there will be a cover.
President: I think it is the most advanced design. In Alexandria, I could only use it nine months a year. It is pretty good.
Annenberg: I jog every morning in my pool -- back and forth. Then I swim four or five laps.
President: I do it in the morning and evening. Sunnyland was perfect.
Annenberg: Sunnyland is always available to you. I have made commitments up through the end of October. I would like the cutoff about the end of October.
President: Fine. There has been no final decision. You have heard talk about Fulbright [as your successor]. You also mentioned Anderson. There have been other possibilities.
Annenberg: How about Scranton?
President: He only wants one position, and that's not it. He really enjoys what he is doing. I knew him in Congress, when he was Governor, and we were in Law School together. There is only one job that he wants, and I swore I wouldn't tell.
How do you see the British elections [expected in October]?
Annenberg: It'll be close. There still will be a coalition and I lean slightly to Heath. I think the Liberals will be more at home with the Conservatives. There will be 36-40 percent for each of the big parties, and the rest for the Liberals and others.
President: Is the date set yet?
Anrtenberg: He is seeing the Queen this weekend. He has to get permission. The campaign will be short.
President: I wish we had that. Heath is coming here. Is that a problem?
Annenberg: That's why I said you should say you will see any responsible leader.
Scowcroft: We checked it with Wilson.
Annenberg: Heath wants to use it. He will publicize it.
Mayor Rizzo is excited about your coming. Will you pat him on the back?
President: I understand my unfavorite Governor will be there also.
Annenberg: Yes. Do you know he wouldn't even let __________ come to this thing tonight? _________ has been a prime mover in the bicentennial activities.
President: And this is the kickoff for the bicentennial activities. We better go.