Ronald Reagan was an anticommunist to his core, having fought them in the Screen Actors Guild in the 1940s. But he was never anti-Russian, and wanted always to keep the channels open. He ended his presidency as he had hoped,
being cheered while strolling through Red Square (pictured here) with Mikhail Gorbachev. (Photo by Associated Press)
President Reagan was holding a meeting in the Cabinet Room on March 25, 1985, when Press Secretary Larry Speakes came over to me, as communications director, with a concern.