The Presidency: I Think I Have Some Room to Maneuver

No butterflies in his stomach, no stage fright or sweaty palms. Ronald Reagan is booming over the phone, discussing his hopes and ideas as he prepares for Reykjavík.

"Maybe my first statement after I go in and sit down with General Secretary Gorbachev should be: 'Well . . .?'" There is a long pause, and then the President chuckles softly and adds, "Here I am."

That is, in fact, precisely the type of opening one would expect from Reagan, even at a historic confrontation. There is no guile in his manner. What you see, you get.

Despite the preparations he still...

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