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THE REYKJAVIK SUMMIT Reporter's Notebook Early Bird Gets the Door in Reagan-Gorbachev Gaffe
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Oct 12, 1986
Start Page: 14
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
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In their first encounter since Geneva 11 months ago, President [Reagan] and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev entangled themselves Saturday in a slight problem of timing.

Gorbachev's black Zil limousine arrived a minute or two earlier than scheduled at the turn-of-the-century mansion that is serving as the site of the meetings. Gorbachev, wearing a coat but clutching his hat in his hand, rushed to the door in the drizzling rain. Reagan, who had arrived earlier and had been scheduled to greet Gorbachev at the door, was not there.

The Soviet leader reached for the doorknob, but Reagan, clearly embarrassed, snapped the door open himself and rushed out to shake Gorbachev's hand. Gorbachev pointed to his wristwatch and smiled.

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