Nation: Beneath the Bubbles

The waiter bearing the tray loaded with champagne-filled glasses hustled through the crowd of dignitaries in the reception room of the Kremlin's richly decorated Catherine Hall. He zipped by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev —but he didn't get far. Khrushchev spotted him, shouted, beckoned him back and told him to pass the wine around. Then, as Khrushchev, U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk and British Foreign Secretary Lord Home smilingly raised their glasses, a Soviet band struck up George Gershwin's 1938 hit, Love Walked In.

Probably very few there knew the lyrics, but they expressed...

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