THE PRESIDENCY: Happiness Under Red Stars

Crouched and perspiring in the frenzied moment, Photographer Dirck Halstead squinted through his telephoto lens last Thursday at the animated face of Richard Nixon and squeezed off what may have been his 25,000th shot of the famous visage in six years. As he zoomed in and out to include Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet boss, it suddenly crossed Halstead's busy mind that he had rarely—certainly not for years—seen Nixon so happy.

The President and Brezhnev raised and clinked small glasses of tomato juice, toasting each other. They traded quips, squeezed one another's elbows...

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