Unique historic event brought to screen. Prime Minister's eloquence rouses Congress to wild enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill speech to Senate SOT
- I am a child of the House of Commons. I was brought up in my father's house to believe in democracy. "Trust the people," that was his message. I used to see him cheered at meetings and in the streets by crowds of working men way back in those aristocratic Victorian days when, as Disraeli said, the world was for the few, and for the very few.
"Therefore, I have been in full harmony all my life with the tides which have flowed on both sides of the Atlantic against privilege and monopoly, and I have steered confidently towards the Gettysburg ideal of "the Government of the people, by the people, for the people." (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE.)
"I owe my advancement entirely to the House of Commons, whose servant I am. In my country, as in yours, public men are proud to be the servants of the State, and would be ashamed to be its masters. On any day if they thought the people wanted it the House of Commons might by a simple vote remove me from my office.
"But I am not worrying about it at all. As a matter of fact, I am sure they will approve very highly of my journey here, for which I obtained the King's permission, in order to meet the President of the United States, (Applause) and to arrange with him all that mapping out of our military plans and for all those intimate meetings of the high officers of the armed
services in both countries which are indispensable to the successful prosecution of the war."
"I should like to say, first of all, how much I have been impressed and encouraged by the breadth of view and sense of proportion which I have found in all quarters over here to which I have had access.
"Anyone who did not understand the size and solidarity of the foundations of the United States might easily have expected to find an excited, disturbed, self-centred atmosphere with all minds fixed upon the novel, startling and painful episodes of sudden war as they hit America. After all, the United States have been attacked and set upon by three most powerfully armed Dictator States - the greatest Military Power in Europe, the greatest Military Power in Asia. Japan, Germany and Italy have all declared and are making war upon you, and the quarrel is opened which can only end in their overthrow or yours. But here in Washington in these memorable days I have found an Olympian fortitude which, far from being based upon complacency, is only the mask of an inflexible purpose and the proof of a sure, well-grounded confidence in the final outcome. (Applause.)
Background: Unique historic event brought to screen. Prime Minister's eloquence rouses Congress to wild enthusiasm.