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Byline: W. Scott Thompson
EXACTLY 68 years ago today, a very relieved Winston Churchill arrived in Washington after a perilous trip across the Atlantic on HMS Prince of Wales. He was ebullient, as his pal Franklin Delano Roosevelt had finally got his wish to become a war president, thanks to that little surprise at Pearl Harbour earlier in the month. And America's participation in what had become a world war was essential if the Nazis were to be defeated.
I've been reading an account of FDR as a war president, and it tells how Churchill arrived at the White House, his larger-than-life self turning the place upside down for Christmas: a big glass of sherry for breakfast, champagne and brandy at bedtime, and a long sleep in the afternoon.
It is clear from …