How Nancy Reagan Used a Snowstorm to Thaw the Cold War

From a story on by Philip Taubman headlined “‘I Protect Ronnie From Himself’: How Nancy Reagan Used a Snowstorm to Help Thaw the Cold War”:

Philip Taubman is the author of In the Nation’s Service: The Life and Times of George P. Shultz, from which this article is adapted.

The snow began falling in Washington, DC on Friday, February 11, 1983, and piled up quickly. State Department security officers advised Secretary of State George Shultz in the late afternoon that he should head home before roads became impassable. Washington typically struggles to cope with even a dusting of snow. With it falling at a rate of several inches an hour, the city’s lean fleet of snowplow trucks could not keep pace. By Saturday, the city was essentially paralyzed.