(One of a series of weekday posts on the life Winston S. Churchill.)
Folks, I'm "recycling" a post that first appeared on Nov. 1, 2005. I'd love to hear from any of you who were reading the series then and remember this post.
In late December, 1941 Churchill arrived in Washington to meet with Roosevelt and begin joint Anglo-American war planning.
With the exception of a brief trip to Canada, Churchill remained in America for almost four weeks. While in Washington, he stayed at the White House.
The British government and people were understandably very interested to know what was transpiring with the Americans.
When Churchill flew back to England, landing at Plymouth on Jan. 17, 1942, a train was waiting to take him to London where at 10 PM that evening, the War Cabinet assembled to hear his report.
The minutes of that meeting include this:
The Prime Minister thought that (the Americans) were not above learning from us provided we did not set out to teach them.
Cited in Martin Gilbert, Winston S. Churchill: Road to Victory, 1941-1945, (p. 43).