(President Nixon and Premier Chou toast each other, then Mrs. Nixon. Caught up in the spirit of friendship, the banqueters go from table to table toasting one another while the band plays old favourites. The banquet has become something very like a square dance)
NIXON This is the hour!
CHOU Your health!
PAT And yours!
CHOU To Doctor Kissinger!
KISSINGER Cheers! New friends and present company!
NIXON To Chairman Mao!
CHOU The U.S.A.!
PAT Have you forgotten Washington?
CHOU Washington’s birthday!
NIXON Everyone listen, just let me say one thing. I opposed China. I was wrong.
KISSINGER Bottoms up, Mr. President.
PAT What did you say, Sweetheart? I can’t catch every word in all this noise.
1 CHORUS We have at times been enemies.
2 CHORUS The Chinese people are renowned.
NIXON Ideas we have entertained...
PAT "America the Beautiful"!
1 CHORUS We must broadcast seeds of goodwill.
2 CHORUS Comrades and friends...
NIXON ... in former years grow in a night to touch the stars.
CHORUS Look down and think what the Chinese people have done to earn this praise