An amazing thing happened last week in Washington. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel laureate in literature and the most widely acclaimed anti-Communist writer in the world today, was visiting the United States for speaking engagements in Washington and New York. While visiting Washington, he requested a meeting with President Ford at the White House, but the President, acting through his press secretary, lamely excused himself from such a meeting because of the press of business and other important White House matters. Yet during the same week President Ford did have the time to spend with Pele, the world renowned soccer player who has come back from a short-lived retirement to sign a multimillion-dollar contract with a professional U.S. soccer team. Pictures of President Ford with the soccer superstar were widely disseminated throughout the United States and the free world.
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