ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Typed letter signed (''Pa'') as President to John A. Roosevelt, Washington D.C., 13 February 1943. 1 full page, 4to, White House stationery, original White House envelope, matted, framed. .
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Typed letter signed ("Pa") as President to John A. Roosevelt, Washington D.C., 13 February 1943. 1 full page, 4to, White House stationery, original White House envelope, matted, framed. .
FDR AT CASABLANCA, WITH A CANDID DESCRIPTION OF HIS AND CHURCHILL'S PROBLEMS WITH GENERAL CHARLES DE GAULLE, WHO "THOUGHT HE WAS JOAN OF ARC...THEN CLEMENCEAU"
A well-known, unusually outspoken letter, written shortly after FDR's return from the historic Casablanca Conference, January 14-24, to plan for Allied offensive moves in Europe. The President voices sympathy with John's wish to be on active duty with the Navy, then writes: "The Casablanca trip was really grand but I want you to tell Anne that I dislike flying the more I do of it!...I do wish I could see you to tell you all about the trip. It was really a great success and only General de Gaulle was a thoroughly bad boy. The day he arrived, he thought he was Joan of Arc and the following day he insisted that he was Georges Clemenceau. Winston and I decided to get him and Giraud to come to Casablanca and to hold a shot-gun wedding. I produced the bridegroom from Algiers but Winston had to make three trys before he could get the bride."
"From the start of the conference, Roosevelt was determined to bring together the warrring factions represented by Genearl Henri Giraud, the compromise leader of the French forces in North Africa, and General de Gaulle, the valiant symbol of the French Resistance. The President told Churchill that he would produce the bride (Giraud) if Churchill produced the groom (de Gaulle)...Yet when he reached Casablanca, de Gaulle refused to call upon Giraud. Churchill was furious." Eventually, Roosevelt intervened and by the end of the session de Gaulle had agreed to sign a joint declaration with Giraud. "Roosevelt blithely explained later that getting de Gaulle and Giraud together had been so complicated that it reminded him of Grant and Lee" (Doris Kerns Goodwin, No Ordinary Times, p.406-407.
A high point of wartime cooperation between the two nations, the Casablanca conference set critical goals for the Allies, including the plan for an eventual cross-channel invasion and first stipulated the demand for the uncoditional surrender of Germany.
Exhibited: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Centennial Exhibition, 1982.