Diplomacy: Whispering Sweet Nothings

Australia's Prime Minister makes a friend in the White House

The scene is familiar. Ronald Reagan and a visiting foreign dignitary step before cameras and microphones on the White House lawn and try to look as if, despite the policy differences separating their countries, the two have really become fast friends. Only this time, by all accounts, the feeling was genuine. "The President and Prime Minister hit it off," said a senior Administration official after Australia's Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke emerged from a two-hour chat with Reagan last week. The personal rapport was evident when the two men appeared together...

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