The election was approaching fast and for the first time in a long time, Atkins started to believe that there may be a glimmer of hope. The death of his wife had been painful, but it had nonetheless bought him a lot of sympathy and the female vote was turning towards him. His promise to maintain the country as a family and America as its safe home, free from violation, had struck the hearts of millions who were inclined to agree with him.
He was also being helped by the press as more and more reports came in from the Soviet Union. He learnt, that various financiers and economic and industrial experts were complaining that their freedom of movement was being restricted to the extent that some of them coud not even inspect the progress being made on their own projects. This he discovered was not the only problem, because other companies were also complaining that their deposits for failed tenders had not been returned or alternative investments of equal worth found for them; they explained that they were not panicking but just a little annoyed at the tedious bureaucracy.
There had been a collective gathering of breath at these excuses by all the investors. The President had noted the complaints and agreed that he would bring them up at the summit following the Soviet elections, which were due within days, then he would ensure full compliance - his own future depended on it and he could afford no more bad press.
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