Power Broker In A Power Vacuum

Robert S. Strauss was having second thoughts. The former Democratic National Chairman, legendary Washington lobbyist, and inveterate horse player had just agreed to become U. S. ambassador to Moscow after a week of coaxing by fellow Texans George Bush and James A. Baker III. While the President and his Secretary of State gushed their gratitude, Strauss fretted about his inability to speak Russian and his meager background in Soviet affairs. "We've been in tougher spots than this one," said Strauss to Helen, his wife of 50 years. "Name one," she parried. "I couldn't," Strauss admits.

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