We never really get a picture of what is said by the powerful and famous during the times that they are active. Sometimes many years later we get a fragment or glimpse as to what people really believe and say outwith the glare of set speeches and the public relations machines.
The United States National Archives has a fascinating on line exhibition which amongst other things features the first visit of Pope John Paul II to the United States in 1979.
On October 6,1979 President Carter welcomed him to the White House where the two men met privately in the Oval Office for an hour.
President Carter’s notes from that historic meeting are shown here