Foreign Relations: Overtures to the East

There was more symbol than substance in the move. Outside the buildings on Sofia's Alexander Stambolisky Boulevard and Budapest's Freedom Square, the LEGATION signs will be taken down as quickly as EMBASSY signs can be found. In both Communist capitals, U.S. ambassadors will replace lesser-ranked envoys. Thus, in agreeing with Bulgaria and Hungary to exchange ambassadors and upgrade legations to embassies, Lyndon Johnson laid in place another span of roadbed for the ever-lengthening "bridges across the gulf" that he is attempting to build between the U.S. and the Communist countries of Europe.

The President unveiled sketchy blueprints for the bridges...

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