Nancy Reagan introduced Barbara Bush to Raisa Gorbachev at a lunch that saw the end of a first ladies feud that Mrs. Reagan says has always been just a fantasy.
While their husbands were talking world affairs, the two first ladies and the first lady-in-waiting joined about 20 other wives of U.S. and Soviet officials, as well as a cross-section of New York's elite, at the midday meal.The site was the exclusive Sutton Place townhouse, not far from the U.N. headquarters, of Marcela Perez de Cuellar, wife of the U.N. secretary general.
Prior to the women's lunch, the Soviet first lady joined the Peruvian Mrs. Perez de Cuellar for a tour of the U.N. building where Gorbachev addressed the General Assembly.
Mrs. Reagan insisted Tuesday that even though she and Mrs. Gorbachev do not share a common philosophy, reports of tension between them are false.
"You all keep saying that there's fussing and feuding, but there really isn't," Mrs. Reagan told reporters.