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presidency," the opening session of a daylong symposium focused on the history of british and irish cneions with the white house. from the british and irish ambassadors to the united states, and then kathleen burke from the college of london. the white house historical association hosted this hour-long event. >> thank you for joining us this morning. delighted to welcome you to the united kingdom and ireland in the white house. the white house historical association, as many of you know, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established to enhance the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the executive mansion. by firstunded in 1961 lady jacqueline kennedy and since then has pursued an educational mission reflected in public programs, exhibitions, publishing and research. introducing a wide audience to
the rich history of the white house requires looking well beyond our nations capital, and well beyond the borders of united states if self. that's why we have cultivated partnerships to make white house history more accessible to many around the world. in 2016, we held at the first of our internationally themed symposiums, which explored italy's ties to the executive mansion. in 2017, our event focused on the influence of france. today, we look at the enduring legacy of ireland and great britain. itself, thereouse is witness to the deep connection of our countries. consider the record for the most state visits for any country, 24, is a distinction held by the united kingdom. this is an impressive statistic and reflects our special relationship, but you cannot ignore the amazing diplomatic feat of ireland, not that there is any rivalry here. [laughter] >> i will note the irish have
cleverly found a way to find an official white house visit every year with every president. only at welcomed not the white house but also at a celebratory luncheon on capitol hill every st. patrick's day. it turns out the key to access in washington is to arrive with a crystal bowl of fresh shamrocks. these friendships make it particularly exciting to have today's symposium. it will highlight britain and ireland's contributions to the white house's art and architecture, we will explore the fascinating histories between our countries and sample food, music and in the afternoon, spirits will be served. not been told if that is afternoon i were's time or washington time, but we will work it out. [laughter] >> there's also an interactive component. a stonemason from edinburgh is at work carbon double spanish --
a double irish rose in the courtyard. it will be sent to the white house visitor center where it will be seen by visitors from nd the world. looked at ityou, i already, but i would urge you to check the progress through the day. i hope he finishes before we start serving spirits. [laughter] >> this is done in tribute of , theirttish stonemasons history is very much part of today's program. i was asked to tell you, a story ofn reading a master stonemason from edinburgh, scotland, to oversee the stonework for the capital and the white house feared it turns out for some reason, he and the average architect overseeing construction of the building did not get along. 1795, the architect wrote a letter to james washington complaining, "i have
been favored with a site of a letter to the secretary of state in which many things are said foreign to the truth with respect to the work done at the presidents house and the capital." i was intrigued because it may be an early example of a leaked document, and perhaps the first time someone called fake news. but they did it so well, or into the true spirit -- the truth. georgenemason wrote to washington to complain as well, saying "i would not have taken the trouble of writing you is it was not to show how far ignorant has gotten the better of knowledge and experience." williams was ultimately fired come up he managed to get himself paid for several months. there you have it, jockeying for favor, inefficient government spending, it's good to see things haven't really changed. [laughter] >> the captivating real-life
details of the men and women over the centuries who left their mark on the white house and our country is what we will celebrate today. to join the celebration, we are honored to have the ambasdors of o symposiums respective country, ambassador of the united kingdom, and accomplished of the men who has served as fothe last two years.ted states following him, we will hear from the ambassador of ireland to the united states, who has served his country in a variety of roles and ambassadorships, including ambassador to the united kingdom. please join me in welcoming the ambassador to the united kingdom, followed by the ambassador to-- ireland. [laughter] -- [applause] >> thank you very much for that introduction. good morning, everyone. i'm going to start by thanking the white house historical association for their work in putting together this wonderful
symposium that explores the centuries of links between the white house, the u.k. and ireland. , we are notust say in the least bit envious of that ofraordinary diplomatic coup st. patrick's day every year. [laughter] >> not at all, we are thrilled at your success. [laughter] >> i should also say at the outset, i have to acknowledge the history of the u.k. and the white house is not exactly perfect. [laughter] >> there were certain unfortunate events in 1814 which i think were largely down to overenthusiasm. [laughter] >> i think it is extraordinarily generous of you to be holding an event which effectively celebrates u.k. links with that iconic building. extraordinarily generous.
we have all of the appropriate gratitude for the generosity of spirit. moving swiftly on from 1814, i thought my said couple of words about british as others to the white house peered there have been -- the white house. there have been hundreds of them from the queen to the beatles and every british prime minister look forward to his or her first white house visit. the first time i got to the white house was when i was working as an advisor for dav cameron. guess for golfers, it is winning an open championship, for actors, it is appearing on broadway, but for diplomats, it is walking across the threshold into the white house and even more into the oval office. you feel if you do that, you can die happy. anyway, the british prime minister who i suspect would approve this, who spent the most
time in the white house was i think winston churchill, because in 1941, he pd a 24 day visit to the white house. it is impossible and modern diplomacy to imagine a 24 day visit anywhere. a 24-hour visit is hard enough. indeed, churchill thought of the white house as a second home. here as a bigive family in the greatest intimacy and informality, and i have formed the highest regard and admiration for the president." looking carefully at the record, i am not sure every element of that was entirely reciprocated. [laughter] >> i imagine you have heard the story of churchill on the 1942 visit, being discovered by president roosevelt wife, churchill wondering toward the
roosevelt private quarters in the white house with a cigar in hand at three clock in the morning. -- 3:00 in the morning. it was apparently at this time the president became convinced the white house needed a guesthouse just a little separate from the main building. [laughter] >> it is blair house. so we have contributed in many ways to the evil dilution here -- the evolution here. [laughter] >> we have also felt part of the design team. building, ae british architect not only worked on the capital, but st. john's episcopal church and white house. i am sure you will hear more about that later today, and there is british history everywhere you look come from the scottish stonemasons carved double roses into the iconic columns, to the resolute desk, a gift from queen victoria which has been used by pretty much
every present in the last -- every president in the last century. are very proud of the role the u.k. has had in building and we building the white house, but we are most proud of the relationships we have built within the halls. to thee foundations furniture, this collaboration of british and american design has symbolized the special relationship, bringing us closer globaly level from security, trade investment, education, research and culture. we are grateful to this wonderful country for allowing us to play a part in the history of this iconic building, arguably the most famous building in the world. we look forward to many more years of history and friendship between the united states and united kingdom, and thank you again to the white house historical association for this event. now over to my colleague, my friend and tennis partner.
thank you very much. [applause] hereank you all for being and the interest you have shown in this topic of the u.k. and ireland connections with the wonderful white house. i just want to say this building thatreminds me of the fact the man who had it built was a pupil of commodore john barry, who was the irishman from my neighboring county who was the founding father of the american navy. there is a connection there with ireland as well in this wonderful place. i hope i can come back again, i hope you invite me again. i want to talk a little bit, it
is a pleasure to be here of course, and thank you to the white house historical association for organizing this event. it is an organization founded during the presidency of the quintessential irish-american president, john f. kennedy, whose family also came from county wexford, like john barry. i will talk a little bit about james hoban, not that i am an expert, that he is also from the southeast of ireland, about 25 miles from where i grew up in waterford. if you think about john barry and the kennedys and james hoban and myself, we come from the same corner of ireland. not that many immigrants into the united states came from there, most of them came from the west of ireland, the counties on the atlantic seaboard, which were the ones who generated the greatest push toward immigration.
-- he james hoban's story was the man who built and help to rebuild, i wasn't going to mention the thing in between,. [laughter] kim revealed that secret, so i can say that james hoban helped to reveal -- to rebuild the white house. he also was involved in the building of the capitol and was a major figure in the creation of washington, d.c., this wonderful city that i now have had the privilege of living in for eight months. hoban's story to be implemented of the story of irish america. 1775. born in ireland in the 18th century was not a good century for the majority of irish people, and many people at that time who had an irish felt theyr background
needed to find opportunities, to go abroad and further themselves. the army'sm joined of the catholic powers of europe, where they were welcome and played significant roles. i was in new orleans recently and the first spanish governor of new orleans, when the spanish took over from the french in the 1760's was a man called alejandro o'reilly. [laughter] theorn in dublin, joined spanish service. many irish people at that time had felt the need to go abroad to better themselves. the same was true of james hoban. he came to america in the 1780's. he found opportunities in america that would not have been available to him in ireland at that time because of his background, because he did not have a privileged background
that was essential in 18th century ireland if you were going to rise to the top of the professional and social ladder. opportunities in the united states and he became the architect of the white house, what about that? in anwho started his life agricultural cottage became the architect of the world's most iconic building. that demonstrates the opportunities that irish people were able to avail of in the united states in the 18th century, 19th century and 20th century. the united states became a haven for irish people. of course, for the most part, we were not involved in the 19th century in the high politics of the united states or the white house. true that gradually,
like james hoban, the irish who came here and perps entered america at the bottom of the social ladder, climbed the ladder steadily and successfully, and by the 1860's, there was a book published recently by an irish journalist who runs some newspapers in new york called "lincoln and the irish," and he demonstrates just how many irish people lincoln had around him. the people who looked after security in the white house at that time were irishman. his valet. he had people named o'leary and mcgee. some of his non-irish staff complained that the place had been taken over. [laughter] >> lincoln seemed to enjoy the company of irish. of course, that is the story of
irish america, of those who came in conditions of strife and deprivation and who found a way forward for themselves, found good lives and careers in the united states and also made a huge contribution to the life of this country and made it what it is today. 35 americansome who identify themselves in the irish-americans, and this is a huge advantage to ireland. it is that fact rather than excellence of irish the policy that explains our annual visit to the white house. i have had the privilege of a company our prime minister on his first visit to the white house for st. patrick's day this year, it was my first visit, and we were going through the experience for the first time together. it was a marvelous occasion, one of the highlights of my career to be in the white house and be
accompanied our prime minister. but those visits take place on the shoulders of those 33 million irish-americans. and the tens of millions who went before them who gradually established a position f the irish community in united states the 1960's, a man of exclusively irish blood, john f. kennedy, became president of the united states. i can remember john f. kennedy's and ito ireland in 1963, really did give ireland a lift because we saw m was exclusively irish in his heritage, his eight great-grandparents were all irish. he was someone who demonstrated to us that the irish could achieve anything, that if someone could rise to the top of the political tree in united states and become the most
powerful man in the world, there was no limit to what modern ireland could achieve. the modern irish links we have with the united states are extremely important. they come to the for every year at st. patrick's day, but throughout the year, we have strong economic, political and cultural links with the united states. it is soth i think is going to grow and develop in the future, because these days the relationship between ireland and the united states is a two-way relationship. a used to be that we were relying on the united states for various things, investment, political support, and i have to say that over the years, successive residents starting with jimmy carter, ronald reagan, bill clinton, so forth, all played a role in encouraging the process of peace in northern ireland. that peace process, 20 years old this month, has a strong american stamp on it and irish
america as well. i think the future for our relations is i hope we continue to have our annual pilgrimage to the white house for st. patrick's day. it would be the same really without the white house visit -- would not be the same really without the white house visit. no irish40 years, prime minister has been st. patrick's day in ireland, imagine that. [laughter] >> but thank you to the hospitality you have extended to my predecessors and try ministers over decades. it was the f irish ambassador to the united states in 1950 who was the chief architect of the irish constitution. the first irish ambassador to the united states. he was the one who initiated this wonderfully brilliant practice of handing over a bowl of shamrocks to the american president in the early 1950's. that tradition has developed and it is now a mainstay of our diplomatic effort throughout the
year. as a final point, i unveiled a last week, john which is in my garden at the embassy residence in washington. the reason i did it is because he was the architect of the irish constitution, and also from my home city. [laughter] >> thank you very much. [applause] good morning to you all. sandberg, itis direct the national center for white house history here. all of us, we are delighted to welcome you to the white house symposium. as we move to the day, a quick map before we start. hear from distinguished speakers, each of whom will share thoughts respectively on 200 years of the united kingdom
and ireland and the white house, the central role of james holden, -- james hoban on white house design. you have seen the impact of the scottish stonemasons. this afternoon, decorative arts from the u.k. and the u.s. perspective. at the end of the program after lunch, we will get back together, all of the speakers, including our impressive luncheon speakers, and in a moderated panel, talk, share thoughts and engage with you. and the associations historians worked really closely with various experts that you will meet today. discussed their respective areas, we consider the flow of history, culture, shared england,es that linked ireland and scotland from early times to the present. without further ado, our first
speaker is dr. kathleen burke, professor of canterbury history at university college london, and she will lead us through the 200 years of u.k. and irish connections with the white house. what she will do is set the stage for all of the symposium elements to follow. very briefly, professor burke hills from california, which some of us are very happy about. she settled in the u.k. as a graduate student and liked it and stayed. she has had a distinguished career as a scholar, author, and is a special -- and has a specialization in anglo-american relations. she is also brought some sparkling wine from sussex. please join me in welcoming dr. burke. [applause] >> i can either read my paper or
i can see, i cannot do both, so i have opted to take a look at my paper. it is a pleasure to be here in the decatur house, which i had never seen before this visit. decatur played its own part in the angle american relations in the war of 1812, as did his father in the revolutionary war. may is a nice month to be in washington, unlike some of the summer months for those of us who are not keen on heat and humidity. it was so awful before the advent of air conditioning that the british foreign office deemed it a hardship post and paid slightly more for its officials to be here than in any european capital. ,ut the weather in washington whether rain, wind, snow or sunstroke, has not prevented official visitors from visiting washington and the white house. i'm going to see if i can work
this now. no. ok. not technologically superior, i fear. the first occasion of an official british visit was the 24thook place on of august, 1814, when the british, under the command of major general robert ross, burned parts of official washington, including the capital building, naval yard and president smashing, -- president's mansion, known after a repeating as the white house. this was also the first official visit i was aware of by an irishman, because general roth came from county down. before emotions become too heated, i should point out americans had done precisely the same thing the year before, when on the 27th of april, 1813, they
invaded, looted and burned the capital of canada, which is now toronto. during the week americans were there, they burned the parliament building and the governor's house, the equivalent of the capital and the white house, which would of course not have contributed to british restraint the following year. relations would only get better, although not only to the extent of a full-blown war did not break out. americans invaded canada a dozen times in the 19th century, and conflict repeatedly broke out over the border. american filibusters went over the border to join rebels and the canadian rebellion of 1837 and 1838, and who can forget the lumberjack or pork and beans war of 1838 and 1839? or the great take war between -- pig war in puget sound?
1872. conflict came close over the oregon territory. remember the cry from senator alan, which would have essentially grabbed british lumbia for the u.s. and claims and counterclaims during the u.s. civil war. on the whole, americans were much more anglo phobic during the 19th century than the british were anti-american. , and habits don't change unless there is a reason. that within this context the first royal visit to the u.s. took place in 1860. james buchanan, president from 1857 until 1861 had spent the years from 1853 until 1856 as the american minister to great brennan -- great britain.
while in london, he and his niece were often entertained by queen victoria and her family, and the relationship was reportedly friendly. therefore, when president buchanan learned the queen was sitting the prince of wales, later king edward the seventh, to tour canada, he wrote to her, inviting the prince to come to the u.s. the queen was happy to accept, of octoberthird 1860, he arrived for a three-day washington, accompanied by older, sensible man, his duty was to keep the rebellious, independent prince under some control. by the time the prince of wales reached washington, he had already visited seven american cities where he had been received with curiosity and goodwill. the prince himself and five members of his entourage stayed in the white house while the remainder stayed in the british in the sea.
the prince -- the british embassy. the prince state in the north rim over the small dining room. it was later named the prince of wales bedroom. five years later, president lincolo wan'laid out there -- body was laid out there. during the kennedy administration, it was transformed into the president's dining room. visit,second day of the a large public reception was held in the east room at 12:00. according to the correspondent of a new york newspaper, "into that room, heard tell mail -- pelmell, children, rowdies and drivers. no telegraphic statement can do justice to the inexcusable lack of prearrangement for the preservation of indecency. the real party see has seen
democracy unshackled for once." all bowed to the prince, and he returned their salutations. another newspaper took a different view of the event, saying the prince was able to form a good idea of the character of our presidential reception. their freedom from stilted etiquette and the perfect equality, which ignores social the stations. seem to show enthusiasm, or at least curiosity. during the afternoon, the president's niece took the prince to a girls school, not an event that was repeated by political visitors. stateas followed by a dinner illustrating the combined symbols of great britain and the u.s.. as far as i am aware, the
english party was allowed to retire and fall into their beds. the final event took place on the following day. this was replicated more than once by succeeding royal and political visitors. this was a trip down the potomac to visit mount vernon, during which, the press is to be suppressed on the president's order. the english men were taken on the two are of the house, which the press did not find impressive. as they rode to the queen, whilst the visit was interesting, the house is in very bad repair and falling into decay. there is the east room. this does not seem to be working. there we go. this is the prince at the grave. they then visited washington grave and at the request of the president, the prince planted a horse chestn tree ar it.
it is clear he is not the one who got his hands dirty. then he was off the philadelphia , boston, and new york, where during a magnificent ball, a section of the dance floor collapsed. through thession streets, cheering crowds pushed and shoved to catch a glimpse. the duke of newcastle compared the crowd's enthusiasm to madness. a's -- a popular american humorist wrote he may consider himself a lucky lat if he avoids a nomination for president before he reaches his suite. the eighth, -- he reached in u.s. in mid november 1919. he, too, visited washington's grave. he laid a wreath rather tha planting another tree. there is a nice story associated
with his visit. the prince came to the white house on -- in november 1919 to have tea with mrs. wilson and to have a chat with the president. since wilson was recovering from found him ae prince propped up in the same bed the prince of wales his father had slept in in 1860, which delighted the prince. he asked about wilson's health. it was improving. the two discussed the prince's experience in the u.s.. wilson's doctor stated that wilson's spirits had been improved as a result of the visit. before continuing with the visit , i would like to make some comments about these. , the visits of british royalty were undertaken primarily for a type of propaganda and to mobilize american public opinion, public
support for the united states. the royals do not negotiate. visits by british prime minister's almost entirely for policy reasons, including to establish a personal relationship with a new president. and are normally used to discuss issues with the president or relevant officials. the white house is seldom the host institution, but it is frequently the venue for negotiation. state and irish republic's by ministers, modal -- mobilization and public policy discussions. the negotiations leading to the good friday agreement on the 10th of april, 1998. of prime minister
1929, is aonald, quintessential example of a policy visit. during the 1920's, anglo-american relations were at their most hostile of any period during the 20th century. crux was the two navies. the british believed they needed a large navy to protect the sea lanes to the empire and their trade routes. ,he largest navy in the world almost twice the size of the u.s. merchant marines, she was also the world's largest importer, needing to import all of her oil, including -- and most of her food. she was horrible to a blockade, as the germans had nearly succeeded in doing during the 1418 war. oilu.s., self-sufficient in
and food, was not dependent on him -- on imports. the u.s. navy was smaller, but the americans believed they could use their enormous potential and even threatening power to compel the british to recognize america's right to enable equality. the u.s. general board of the navy saw the 1927 arms limitation conference, called by president calvin coolidge, as an opportunity to reinvigorate the public's interest in building more ships. they and the navy interest group believed american power deserve the navy as large as great britain's. the american navy sought great britain and its empire as its most formidable foe. they wanted the size of the royal navy cut down. party in also a strong the u.s. believing in the limitation of our armaments. at this conference, the british
hate in a manner first conceding parity and then withdrawing their agreement, which convinced many americans, including president coolidge, that the u.s. had to out build the royal navy. he called for congress to authorize 71 new battle cruisers. on armistice day, he publicly condemned the british and called for americans navels. her new. -- naval superiority. the head of the american department of the foreign office warned the cabinet that great britain needed to spend a great deal of time and effort sorting out the causes of anglo-american antagonism, given their relative strength. , quote, is faced with a phenomenon for which there is no parallel in modern history. a state 25 times as large, five times as wealthy, three times as
populous, twice as ambitious, almost invulnerable, and at least our equal in prosperity, technical equipment, and industrial science. this was because, he pointed out, war was not unthinkable between the two countries. contrary, quote, there are present all the factors which have made for war between states. prime minister stanley bolden begin dropping hints that he would like to visit the u.s.. but he lost the next general election in 1929. it was prime minister mcdonald who came to the u.s. and president herbert hoover who hosted the visit. as had coolidge, wanted to spend as little money as possible on the armed forces. the two side came to an agreement.
the 1930 london naval treaty. the united guests included the minister of the irish free state. i wonder if they met. this was the first visit of a british prime minister to the white house. the first of nearly 100 since then. meetingead that this cemented an emerging anglo-american partnership. ththat stated -- overstated. the u.s. increasingly turned inward. one reason was the americans had been disappointed from their experience -- by their experience from the first world war. theyast as important was were suffering a depression so deep and wide ranging it was capitalized. during the 1930's, the u.s. hardly had foreign policy. the british on the other hand could not withdraw from the world. they were alarmed by the rise of
japan in the far east and try to convince the u.s. their interests were threatened. they were ignored. it was their warnings over the manchurian crisis of 1931 or the pin a crisis in 1937, when the japanese shot an american ship. after the 1931 crisis, it was universally assumed the americans would never use force. a member of the british cabinet wrote to a friend that, you will get nothing out of washington but words. as the world darkened and the british new they would soon be at war, the urgency to awaken the americans increased. the british were not prepared for war. the imperial general staff had told the cabinet in 1936 that they urgently had to hold off for until september 1939, when
the radar system would be in place. rearmament had not provided enough guns, airplanes, or ammunition. they needed to mobilize the americ public. in 1938, the canadian prime minister mentioned to president roosevelt that king george the sixth was contemplating a visit to canada. roosevelt wanted to improve public opinion towards the british. many americans were isolationist and many had lapsed back into their default mode, which was anti-british. by this time, he anticipated war e --the u.s. had to becom if the u.s. had to become belligerent, it would be in alliance with the british. an occasion was provided by the world's fair. king george the sixth and queen elizabeth paid the first visit to the united states i a reigning monarch.
a visit which illustrates why --paganda and mobilization the king and queen were greeted by president roosevelt in union station on the ninth of june and then traveled to the white house , where they were to stay the night in the rose bedroom. now the queen's bedroom. now, which bedroom is that? ok. sorry, i had my reading glasses on. does that look like a nice bedroom? [laughter] reception at the british embassy. yes, that is the british ambassador. , andisited the capital then were the guests of honor in the state dining room. as it normally appeared.
was set for a dinner in -- a state dinner in 1961. the best i could d we have the menu. turtle,cktail, river with cornbread, followed by cranberry sauce, peas, and buttered beets. these were followed by a simple salad and dessert courses, the nature of which history appears to be silent. the following day they sailed down the potomac on the presidential yacht sequoia to mount vernon. they did not visit washington's grade. -- grave. rather, they went to arlington cemetery, where the king laid a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier. the royal couple traveled by
train to new york, where they briefly visited the world's fair, the suppose it reason for their visit, and then were driven to hyde park. they had an informal dinner at the roosevelt house, after which the king and the president stayed up late discussing the crisis in europe. the ident ought war was inevitable. the king thought it might be averted. sadly the president was the better forecaster. the third of september, 1939, the united kingdom and empire were at war with germany and soon with italy and japan. the following day, the two couples, the president's mother, and guests enjoyed a hot dog picnic. which occasioned the 1939 equivalent of a media frenzy. [laughter]
after which the president drove the two couples around hyde park. it was a memorable drive for the queen, who later claimed the president did not look at the rows while driving at high speeds, and this was more frightening than the blitz. [laughter] he drove them to the hyde park railway station, where they joined the royal train back north to canada and sailed across the atlantic to home. it is difficult, if not impossible, to ascertain the importance of this visit. was a roaring success in establishing personal relationships. and stimulating favorable media coverage. but did influence votes or make it easier for americans to eskew neutrality? a few months ago, i was interviewing a former british ambassador to the united states
and i asked what impact royal visits had on anglo-american relations. he fell silent. and then talked about how the american people like the royals, and the interest and affection can only help to support the alliance. it is certainly clear that without public support, any alliance is weakened. , if royal visits increase american support, it is to the good. the royals seem to enjoy their visits. prince charles has visited the u.s. more than 20 times. the second british prime minister to visit the white , did, winston churchill not bother to wait for an invitation. he invited himself. 1941, eighth of december, the day after pearl harbor, listen churchill decided he would -- across the atlantic in order that he and roosevelt ofld decide on the details the alliance and set things in
motion. a surprise given that the north atlantic was infested with u-boats. roosevelt agreed to the visit and churchill made the crossing on the battleship duke of york, talking at hampton roads virginia on the 22nd of december. the journey had been kept secret, for obvious reasons. there was some surprise what his arrival was announced. few were more unsurprised than eleanor roosevelt. she says her husband had told her to expect some guests over christmas, but not who they were or when they were arriving. this isg to her butler, probably a story that is too good to be entirely true, the president had known about the visit and had not bother toward his wife. herbutler related that reaction was, you should have told me.
i can't find my housekeeper anywhere. if only i had known. roosevelt's response was to turn to the butler, standing him the doorway, and tell him, at 8:00 tonight, we have to have dinner ready for 20. mr. churchill and his party are coming to stay with us for a few days. they would be there for over three weeks. mrs. roosevelt put churchill in the roses sweet, which was the rose bedroom plus a sitting room and bedroom. he may his personal arrangements clear to the butler. a tumbler of sherry before breakfast, a couple of scotches for lunch, french champagne at dinner, followed by 90-year-old brandy to enjoy after dinner. and indeed into the night. as the prime minister and the president talked, drink, and smoked until the small hours, which did bond them together. only his aid and his secretary stated the white house with him.
the other 84 members of the entourage state in the british embassy, or at least where the embassies response ability. unlike those responsible for running the white house, they had had advanced notice. for churchill's use, the munro room was converted into a map room to display the movements of ships and armies, while his secretaries worked in the lincoln room, filling it with tables and typewriters. messengers raced back and forth between the embassy and the white house, carrying the red boxes full of documents. churchill got out of bed before 11 a.m.. and workedted their there and took a nap after lunch. his hours were 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.. white house staff often ran into
him in his nightclothes, a gray rubber suit and silk road with a romper suit and silk robe with a dragon on it. over the three weeks, much was accomplished. on the 26th of december, his book to a joint session of congress. we could not get a clear one of the 1941. on the 26th of december, which such fluency and inspiration there was a standing ovation. public opinion responded to his charm and authority. he was able to count on the support of american public opinion throughout the war. importantly, it was agreed that the military aspects of the war would be under the control of a
combined chiefs of staff rather than has been the case since the national -- the soldiers of a particular nation nationale separate centers of command. it was agreed that germany, not japan, would be the initial focus in spite of pearl harbor. general military strategy was decided upon. people, both civilian and military, met each other, which facilitated working together . the close encounters bonded the extent that even one anglo-american relations were happened,ss, and it were found to accommodate each other. churchill and roosevelt visited george washington's grave on new year's day, where churchill laid a wreath on washington's
sarcophagus, returning to the earlier custom of official visitors visiting his tomb. as many did during the war. this is the president of liberia in 1943. was wide ranging, witty, full of ideas and stories, but annoying in so many ways. he was always demanding, wherever he was, both the space and staff. in the w house he appears to have acted no differently. staff for mrs. roosevelt, you got the short end of the stick, since you were not the ones he was devoting himself to. she was a bit frightened of him. she became so fed up with churchill's wandering around the upstairs in his silk robe and boiler suit and running into wasf, and in general,
feeling intensely annoyed she had lost control of the house. she later wrote she was an automaton during that. -- during that period. the u.s. purchased a nearby warehouse as the official guesthouse. thereafter the white house with very few exceptions was a place for convening andeeting and official conversations. it was no longer a bed-and-breakfast. [laughter] prime minister's margaret thatcher, tony blair, and david cameron allstate in blair house -- all stayed in blair house. during her visit in 1976, 1991, and 2000, the queen and her retinue stayed at their house -- blair house. these visits were all commemorative.
1957, the focus was the anniversary of the first english-speaking settlement in jamestown. visit was a good will to her during their bicentennial celebrations. you should tell me when this does not click. [laughter] yes, the queen. [laughter] full-screen shot from c-span. she has just finished speaking. she looked her normal happy person while she was speaking. i can tell you that. the 1991 visit saw the queen giving a joint session of congress -- she was the first monarch to do so. the 2007 visit, celebrated before hundred anniversary of the settlement of -- the 400
anniversary of the settlement of jastown. irish presidents and prime ministers have made more than 50 official visits to the u.s.. the first prime ministerial appearance was in 1956 when john costello was in the states over st. patrick's day and gave a silver -- filled with shamrocks to president eisenhower. presenting presidents with shamrocks became a tradition, although not necessarily by a visiting head of state or government. ambassador,e irish here. that's a picture of the prime minister giving it to personally a bush -- george w. bush. the irish head of state presented eisenhower with shamrocks.
he spent the 19th of march in washington and according to the irish times, he was a big hit. he flirted with maybe eisenhower , which were told around washington for weeks. he was to attend the traditional dinners in washington, and to everyone's amazement, eisenhower insisted on going with him. he set to her around parts of ur around- on a to parts of america. the irish consulate received a bill for the papers. both presidents and prime ministers came frequently to washington, for which the shamrock ceremony was responsible.
in particular with reagan and clinton, but with other presidents, the ceremony often combined with a private meeting with the president, gave ireland opportunities unknown to other small states. take part in st. patrick's day celebrations helped to keep the irish republic's wishes in full view of the irish diaspora, and how could the irish republic lose? the power and influence of the united states in relation to the u.k. and ireland was manifested by the good friday agreement of 1098. one thing that was notable was negotiations took place during two prime minister ships and other the presidency of bill mediatinghe ineffable prowess of senator george mitchell was vital to their success. , find that really striking because this was a problem that
two sovereign nations, the u.k. and ireland, seemed unable to resolve. it took the political, diplomatic, and financial aid of a third nation to enable its resolution. i must be the only person here who hoped brexit does not cause the whole thing to unrivaled. -- on rabble. -- unravel. it is difficult to see what the u.s. could do about it. the white house and its occupants sit in a position that is unusual in the political world. unlike the united kingdom, france, or italy, the president is the head of state and head of government. in the u.k., visitors go to downing street to meet the head of government and buckingham palace to meet the head of state. in the u.s., they go to the white house for both. it is a beautiful building. it can be a welcoming building
depending on the occupants. fundamentally it is a powerful building. it represents and reflects the american people. thank you. [applause] announcer: you are watching american history tv. 48 hours of programming on american history every weekend on c-span3. forow us on twitter information on our schedule and to keep up with the latest history news. >> next week, live coverage from the u.s. north korea summit between president donald trump and north korean leader kim jong-un. join washington journal tuesday and wednesday mornings for analysis and comments. watch live on c-span and he's been.org, or listen using the free c-span radio app.
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