President Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrived in Washington aboard a jet bearing a new look reminiscent of President Bush's Air Force One.
Gorbachev in the past has traveled aboard an Ilyushin 62M four-engine jet that bore the standard blue markings of Aeroflot, the Soviet airline.But the plane that brought him to the United States had the words Sovyetski Soyuz, which is Russian for Soviet Union, painted on the fuselage just above the windows.
Air Force One and a fleet of similar planes the Air Force maintains for top government officials carry the words "United States of America" emblazoned in the same place.
FAN CLUB? After the icy relations between Raisa Gorbachev and Nancy Reagan, one topic of speculation is how Barbara Bush will get along with the Soviet leader's wife. Based on early reports, Mrs. Gorbachev is on her way to being a hit. Millie, the first family's English springer spaniel, met Mrs. Gorbachev during a tour of the White House family quarters, and Mrs. Bush reported they "bonded." Millie followed Mrs. Gorbachev around, sat on her feet during tea and "quivered when Mrs. Gorbachev spoke to her."
BIG SCREEN: Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman, stars of the movie "Driving Miss Daisy," were invited to the White House state dinner Thursday, which dovetails nicely with the list of films the Soviet Embassy reportedly asked to have delivered in time for Gorbachev's visit. In addition to "Driving Miss Daisy," the titles on hand included "Gremlins 2, The New Batch," Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July," Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Steel Magnolias" and "Look Who's Talking."