|FDR aboard the Dixie Clipper on return flight from|
Casablanca, toasting his 61st birthday (Jan 30, 1943)
On New Year's Eve, I noted how FDR had enjoyed an inside joke by showing his guests the film Casablanca, though the imminent Casablanca Conference was of course a tightly held secret, since the President, Winston Churchill, and all the US and UK Chiefs of Staff would be crossing an ocean full of German U-boats and meeting in a city that had been controlled by Vichy only weeks before.
|A Pan Am Clipper|
Roosevelt, who had not flown for some years, was having a grand time. According to Harry Hopkins, who traveled with him:
I sat with him, strapped him in, as the plane rose from the water — and he acted like a sixteen-year-old, for he had done no flying since he was President.Hopkins also noted that they served cocktails aboard the Clipper.
Next week, I'll discuss the anniverserary of the Casablanca Conference in greater detail.
|Roosevelt reviews troops in Morocco|