Prime Minister Brian Mulroney — During the final Mulroney-Reagan state visit, Reagan told the Canadian prime minister he favored Canada’s effort to buy U.S.-designed nuclear-powered submarine technology, subject to congressional approval, and the two leaders pledged to work together to find a way to resolve the acid rain issue.
After the Mulroneys met the Reagans on the North Portico, a state dinner was held featuring roast loin of veal, shrimp mousse, smoked salmon, sweet red pepper puree, watercress and radicchio, and pineapple champagne sorbet for dessert. Witty and sentimental toasts followed, with Mulroney joking: “I want to just say, parenthetically, something that happened to me in August of 1987. It was a Sunday, and I was reading the New York Sunday Times. And I was struck by this headline. And here’s, I think, a direct quote, though I’m speaking from memory. The quote is, ‘Reagan's Popularity Plummets To 59 Percent’ . . . Now, what I did that day after I finished reading the Times was, I called the President up. He was at Camp David, and I said, ‘Did you read the Times?’ He said, ‘Yes, I did.’ And he didn't sound so enthusiastic. I said, ‘I don't know how to break this to you, but on a good day, Margaret Thatcher, Helmut Kohl, and I together would be happy with 59 percent.’ Look, I'll settle for 39 percent.” Following the dinner, baritone Bruce Hubbard and pianist Larry Woodard entertained guests in the East Room.