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Harold Wilson once observed, in un-diplomatic exasperation, that the Americans "couldn't tell their asses from their elbows". Lyndon Johnson's phraseology was often picturesque in the extreme, and the infamous presidential tapes released during the Watergate affair were full of gaps where Richard Nixon's expletives had been deleted for fear of offending the delicate sensibilities of the American people.
It was certainly true of Harold Macmillan who, like Churchill, boasted an American mother, played up his wartime links with President Eisenhower when he became prime minister, and claimed he was an influential mentor to President Kennedy during the Cuba missile crisis.
It was equally true of Margaret Thatcher, who regarded Ronald Reagan as an ideological soul mate, buttressed his relaxed presidential style with her inimitable brand of prime ministerial vigour, and allowed American planes to take off from British bases to bomb Libya.