January 27, 1943

Presidential History Made
CASABLANCA, French Morocco—President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met here, it was announced yesterday, to discuss the future of the war. They came to agreement on a master offensive plan for 1943 to force unconditional surrender by the three Axis powers: Germany, Italy, and Japan. In the process, F.D.R. made presidential history. He became the first president to travel by airplane and the first to set foot on foreign soil while our nation is at war. The latter broke the tradition of no sitting president every entering another country, a tradition dating back to President George Washington. Washington had travelled to New England before Rhode Island had accepted the new constitution and travelled to the state line, but ensured he did not cross it. Ever since, there has been question as to whether the president would automatically forfeit the presidency were he to leave the United States, but the White House assured that no such event would occur.

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