Quotation by Alistair Cooke

Washington's birthday is as close to a secular Christmas as any Christian country dare come this side of blasphemy.
Alistair Cooke (b. 1908), British broadcaster, journalist. Talk About America, ch. 3 (1968).

"When Americans are sorely troubled," Cooke added, "they turn for official inspiration not to the Qur'an or Bible but to the colonial scriptures, to the sayings of the Founding Fathers, most of all to the speeches of Washington."
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