Britain: Cementing a Friendship

Serenading a visiting British Prime Minister with Yankee Doodle is something less than tactful. Yet it was precisely that old Revolutionary War song which fell on Harold Wilson's ears as his limousine purred away from the White House last week. Later the same day the Marine Band, its timing obviously off, crashed into Rule, Britannia just as Vice President Spiro Agnew arrived at a White House dinner. During the evening, Marine songsters strolled through the banquet area dressed in Revolutionary War costumes, again evoking an era of some unpleasantness between Americans and Britons. At least the Marines did not...

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