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Reagan Was Out of Sight, Briton Says

September 23, 1986|Associated Press

NEW YORK — Monday was British tourist Elise Gordon-Butcher's last day in New York and she wanted to visit the United Nations, but President Reagan's security got in her way.

She couldn't get anywhere near the building while Reagan was inside addressing the General Assembly, so she joined a crowd straining against police barricades across the street trying to catch a glimpse of him. Reagan, however, had slipped in a back door.

"The chance of seeing the queen around London is 50 million times greater than seeing the President, and she rides in open carriages and waves," said the 27-year-old advertising executive.

Streets were blocked and residents couldn't get to their homes. "It's democracy under glass," a disgruntled resident said.

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