THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Vienna Query: Where's Walter?

The Presidency/ Hugh Sidey

The Vienna summit may have tipped the balance. It may have been the occasion when the show biz finally outweighed the statecraft. The meeting was important, yes. And the feelings that Leonid Brezhnev and Jimmy Carter develop for one another will linger and mark their actions. But the more than 2,000 reporters, commentators, anchormen, photographers, directors, scriptwriters and producers drawn to a summit now dwarf the participants in numbers, machinery and perhaps even in celebrity.

"Where's Walter Cronkite?" gasped a journalist from the Soviet magazine Literary Gazette. "I want to interview him." The glossiest limousine, a black Mercedes...

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