Reagan grinned. He was breaking the ice. But he was also doing more. As always, his stories had a point or purpose behind them; it had been that way ever since he started using illustrations in his public speeches thirty years earlier. Reagan was telling a funny joke about communism. But just below the surface, there was a sharp edge of truth that revealed the absurdity of the Soviet system.Every time [Gorbachev and Reagan] would meet, Reagan would have a couple of jokes ready in his arsenal, gently zinging the Soviet leader about the absurdities of his system.... An American took a trip to the Soviet Union. On the way to Kennedy Airport, he rode in a cab driven by a college student."What are you going to do after graduation?""I haven't decided yet."When he arrived in Moscow he jumped into another cab, which was also driven by a university student."What do you want to do when you finish college?" he asked."I don't know", the student responded, "I haven't been told yet."Gorbachev sat grim-faced when he heard that one.
__Peter Schweizer, "Reagan's War: The Epic Story Of His Forty-Year Struggle And Final Triumph Over Communism, pgs 250-251