THE PRESIDENCY: To Our Countries

"Gentlemen," said the President of the U.S. at dinner with the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada, "since our meeting here is an informal one between friends, let us dispense with toasts, and instead drink to our countries." The statesmen touched glasses and murmured, "To our countries," while across the table their foreign ministers did the same. When the glasses were lowered, Canada's External Affairs Chief Lester B.

Pearson quipped that in Moscow the toast might well have been: "To the U.S., surrounded as she is by Mexico on the south, Canada on the north, and the...