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Roosevelt, rarely at a loss for words, had nothing he felt he could say at his scheduled press conference on the twenty-seventh. ” This brought hoots of laughter from the reporters crowded around his desk in the Oval Office. No other questions on Italy were asked. Standing behind the press gang, I reflected that he’d done it again. By a seemingly nonchalant remark, he had evaded discussion of matters for which we embarrassingly had no contingency plans. I was also amused by all the laughter. A mild witticism, if uttered by a big shot, is thought to be very funny.
Him,” of course, was the enemy. While German subs continued to be a serious menace, May 1943 was, in fact, a real turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic. Convoys month by month reached Europe with steadily diminishing losses. A second turning point was in Africa. I was standing the evening watch alone when the door was flung open. In zoomed Churchill. ” I handed him a copy of a dispatch from Allied Headquarters that I had just received announcing the surrender of the last German forces in North Africa.
There were also fundamental differences of opinion between the two men. Hopkins shared Roosevelt’s disdain for the State Department. ” This reference to the theft of classified messages by a code clerk in the American embassy was a brush-off. The fact was that Roosevelt preferred to handle foreign affairs that interested him and ignore the rest. ” and wanting to be sure that State was kept informed. ) The Leahy-Hopkins situation festered for months. On the eve of 26 An Unplanned Life Churchill’s third visit in May 1943, Leahy’s aide unburdened himself on me.