When United States President Nixon flew from Washington to San Clements in California with Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev on Saturday (23 June), the Soviet leader was given an unexpected personal conducted tour.
CU Brezhnev in plane ZOOM TO Nixon & Brezhnev looking out of window
GV Aircraft over Grand Canyon
SV Brezhnev & Nixon talking (3 shots)
AV Grand Canyon
SV Nixon & Brezhnev (3 shots)
SV Brezhnev imitates cowboy with rifle
SV Both welcomed by crowd at San Clements, talks to crowd (2 shots)
SV Both in golf buggy
SV Both wives in golf buggy
SV Nixon and Brezhnev in buggy
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Background: When United States President Nixon flew from Washington to San Clements in California with Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev on Saturday (23 June), the Soviet leader was given an unexpected personal conducted tour.
On the flight aboard the Presidential jet, Mr. Nixon had it fly at 1,400-feet to give Mr. Brezhnev a look at the Grand Canyon. Mr. Brezhnev liked it, but he was a little upset to see it looking so barren. He told Mr. Nixon that he'd seen pictures of it on newsreels and on cowboy movies.
When President Nixon suggested that the cowboy he was thinking about was John Wayne, Mr. Brezhnev did his best to imitate a cowboy shooting a rifle.
The arrival at San Clemente wasn't very ceremonious. President Nixon drove Mr. Brezhnev away almost immediately...in a golf buggy. There's a good chance he'll give the buggy to the Soviet leader as a gift...along with the Cadillac and Lincoln Continental he's already given him.
SYNOPSIS: Since Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev has been in the United States, he's seen nothing o??? the country except heavily-guarded buildings....which is why President Nixon diverted his jet on Saturday to give the Soviet leader a closer look at the beauty spots. The President had his jet fly at only fourteen-hundred feet over the Grand Canyon.
Mr. Brezhnev liked it...but he told the President it looked a bit barren. The Soviet leader said he remembered seeing the Grand Canyon in cowboy movies, and with that he whipped out his own imaginary six-gun...just to show the President that he knew about cowboys.
The welcome at San Clemente was brief. President Nixon didn't give Mr. Brezhnev much time to talk to bystanders, even though the Soviet leader began chatting casually. The President drove Mr. Brezhnev to his residence in a golf buggy.
Mrs. Nixon drove the soviet leader's wife in an identical buggy. Mr. Nixon's already furnished Mr. Brezhnev's personal garage with a Cadillac and a Lincoln Continental, and he plans tossing in a golf buggy too. Apparently the Soviet leader thought they were a great way to travel.