On June 7, more than 200 people gathered at the historic Decatur House on Lafayette Square in Washington, D. C. to listen to author and former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham discuss the relationship between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill. The presentation was based on Meacham’s 2003 bestseller Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship. To watch a complete video of the event, please CLICK HERE.
Meacham stressed that the warmth between the two leaders helped convince the President to commit to support the Allies and circumvent the unwieldy military and civilian bureaucracies.
After a fascinating (and quite humorous) talk, Meacham took questions from the audience and signed copies of the book. A splendid reception in the courtyard behind the Decatur House followed, attended by (among others) one of the “Racing Presidents” mascots from the Washington Nationals baseball team: Abraham Lincoln.
The event was cosponsored by the White House Historical Association and the National Churchill Library and Center, and was introduced by Association President Stewart D. McLaurin and Library Director Michael F. Bishop. It was the first of what will doubtless be many collaborations between the two institutions.
The Association is honoring President Roosevelt this year with its annual Christmas ornament and next year will focus its programming on the many connections (one of them incendiary) between Britain and the White House. The NCLC looks forward to a fruitful and mutually supportive relationship with the WHHA next year and in the future.
Photo Credit: © The White House Historial Association. These photographs were taken at the White House Historical Association’s event “Jon Meacham: Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt in the White House” on 7 June 2017.