October 9, 1987 |
When it began, the campaign for the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork appeared to present White House Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker Jr. with a difficult but manageable task. After all, Baker--the former Senate majority leader who was brought to the White House seven months ago to restore order and competence after presidential aides apparently out of control had precipitated the Iran -contra debacle--was known as the quintessential congressional operator.
October 7, 1987 |
When the normally mild-mannered Howard H. Baker Jr. heard that someone on his staff had been saying the White House might withdraw the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork, he hit the roof. "I don't know who he or she is," the White House chief of staff said, "but if I find out, they're going to have a day of reckoning with me. Whoever is saying these things, shut up!"
September 6, 1987 |
President Reagan's progress toward an arms reduction agreement with the Soviets, coupled with his diplomatic initiative in Central America, has provoked a torrent of criticism from many of his most conservative supporters, prompting Reagan to telephone some key right-wing leaders and take other steps in an effort to assuage their concerns.
July 10, 1987 |
White House Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker Jr. quietly pleaded with the NAACP on Thursday to back off from its opposition to President Reagan's Supreme Court nominee, urging them to withhold judgment until Senate confirmation hearings. The thousands of civil rights activists meeting for their annual convention gave Baker a warm reception with only scattered hisses, but they turned a cold shoulder to his appeal, becoming more determined to derail the nomination of Judge Robert H. Bork.
July 6, 1987 |
White House Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker Jr. predicted Sunday that the Senate will confirm Judge Robert H. Bork as a Supreme Court justice after a "controversial, tumultuous, even pyrotechnic debate" produces a "searching evaluation" of President Reagan's nominee. Baker, former Republican leader of the Senate, said he based this judgment on conversations with the bipartisan leadership of the Senate and the Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings on the nomination.
May 27, 1987 |
Prospects for an agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union to eliminate medium- and short-range nuclear missiles from Europe have become "very good" because of a developing agreement between the United States and its allies, White House Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker Jr. declared Tuesday.
May 20, 1987 |
White House Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker Jr. earned more than $1.2 million in attorney fees and profits from a law partnership last year and an additional $393,611 as a consultant and board director for major American companies, according to his financial disclosure statement made public Tuesday. In the statement, Baker listed $121,500 in income from making speeches, with payments averaging about $14,000 per appearance.
April 18, 1987 |
In the gulag of the White House press room, they call it "American glasnost. " As in the Soviet Union, where it refers to Mikhail S. Gorbachev's new internal policies, it means "openness." At the White House, however, glasnost is a key element in Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker Jr.'s effort to portray President Reagan as a man recovering from the damage of the Iran- contra scandal.
April 11, 1987 |
White House Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker Jr. said Friday that President Reagan is "not having adequate contact with the press" and pledged to increase the President's accessibility. "I believe personal contact with the President is required," Baker told the annual meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. "It may surprise you, but he would like more too. He is not about to live in seclusion and silence in his last two years."
March 25, 1987 |
White House Chief of Staff Howard H. Baker Jr., forced to abandon his presidential bid when he joined President Reagan's staff three weeks ago, has turned over his political action committee to Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.). Lugar, an ambitious, second-term senator sometimes mentioned as a GOP vice presidential prospect, said he intends to continue Baker's practice of using the Washington-based Republican Majority Fund to help reelect incumbent Republican senators.