At 10:01 on this wintry Tuesday morning, Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev stepped out of his limousine into the chilling winds from nearby Lake Leman, smiled, slipped off his hat and rushed up the portico of the mansion known as Fleur d'Eau to take the hand of President Reagan.
The two leaders then stepped into a large room to meet around a massive oval table with their advisers and aides, seven for each side. These men, including Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze, had been milling about in the room, staring over the lake, waiting. Reagan was smiling broadly, Gorbachev looked more serious as they entered.
When they returned after lunch, there was a chance for outsiders to make comparisons, for the two men were repeating their morning scene. Gorbachev's limousine, its small Soviet flag flapping in the wind, arrived at 2:32 p.m. Gorbachev kept his hat on this time as he stepped out but offered President Reagan a much warmer smile.