Continued from Part 1…
Winston Churchill was the only foreigner to have made three speeches to joint sessions of Congress. His last was in 1952—whose text I was asked for by Nelson Mandela’s representatives when Mandela, a Churchill admirer, himself addressed a joint session. In his 1952 speech Churchill famously told Congress:
I am honoured indeed by these experiences which I believe are unique for one who is not an American citizen. It is also of great value to me, on again becoming the head of His Majesty’s Government, to come over here and take counsel with many trusted friends and comrades of former anxious days.
Later he remarked, “I have not come here to ask you for money”…and some present claim they heard him add (not quite sotto voce): “…for myself!”
One of the most famous wisecracks, bandied about the Internet, is not confirmed. If he did say it, he would have spoken in private, since he was very careful about criticizing allies publicly. But a lot of people think that if he didn’t say this, he thought it:
You can never go wrong in Washington quoting a relatively popular politician, especially one who hasn’t been in office for twenty years or more. Churchill never failed to allude to and quote Bourke Cockran, the New York Congressman who had befriended him in his youth, and whose oratory he most admired. In 1941 in Washington, he did not hesitate to wheel out his favorite Cochran expression as he wound up his most famous speech to Congress:
It is not given to us to peer into the mysteries of the future. Still, I avow my hope and faith, sure and inviolate, that in the days to come the British and American peoples will for their own safety and for the good of all walk together side by side in majesty, in justice, and in peace.
Quotations are from Churchill By Himself.