When President Eisenhower met fact-to-face in 1959 with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, it truly was a major event. Every US president since then participated in similar “summits” with Soviet (and later, Russian) heads-of-state. In recent years, the term “summit” has been used to describe a wide range of meetings — domestic and international — including many far less important than meetings between the leaders of the two most powerful nations on earth. However, a conference scheduled to begin today and run though tomorrow, October 1st, in Washington, DC establishes once and for all that the term “summit” no longer carries any significance whatsoever.
This particular conference is sponsored by the US Department of Transportation. It is a “Distracted Driving Summit.” No less a personage than the Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, is to convene the two-day “summit”; and over the course of these two days, heads and deputy heads of several federal,