Halifax - whose nickname for Churchill was "Pooh," after the A. A. Milne character Winnie-the-Pooh - grumbled that Churchill's new cabinet appointees lacked intellectual heft. Halifax likened them all to "gangsters," the chief gangster, in his view, being Churchill. "I have seldom met anyone with stranger gaps of knowledge, or whose mind worked in greater jerks," Halifax wrote in his diary that Saturday. "Will it be possible to make it work in orderly fashion? On this much depends."
- From The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During The Blitz by Erik Larson