Bill and Hillary Clinton once got a late-night history lesson during a slumber party at the White House.
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin revealed at 92Y this week that following a radio interview in the ’90s in which she discussed how FDR liked to take his mind off World War II with nightly cocktail parties that often turned into sleepovers, Hillary called and invited her to the White House.
Goodwin recalled how she and her husband brought a map, and in the wee hours after a state dinner, the historian and the Clintons padded around the halls identifying who had slept where years ago.
FDR’s guests included his secretary of commerce and close adviser Harry Hopkins, Norwegian Crown Princess Martha, Eleanor Roosevelt’s very close friend Lorena Hickok, and Winston Churchill. Goodwin recounted that the evening’s rule was, “No talk of war, but you could talk about books you’d read, movies you’d seen, or gossip.”
Goodwin, who has a new book out, “Leadership: In Turbulent Times,” stayed in Churchill’s former guest room, where “I was certain he was sitting in the corner, drinking his brandy and smoking his ever-present cigar.”
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