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tv   Reel America The President - December 1967  CSPAN  December 16, 2017 10:00pm-10:35pm EST

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tour. you were watching american history television. all weekend, every weekend on c-span3. and 1969, the3 white house navel for the graphic unit produced monthly reports on the activities of president lyndon johnson. the white house photographic unit produced monthly reports on the activities of lyndon johnson. photographed from 1967 everything from a christmas tree lighting to presidential stops in vietnam, pakistan, and the vatican. this exhibit is part of the lbj presidential library moving picture collection.
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[applause] >> in an age of communications, the chief occupant of the white house has almost certainly become the most exhaustively analyzed figure of modern times. to most americans, the office of the presidency is a repository of the hopes of a nation, its dreams.
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♪ two observers, broadcasters, columnists, and historians, the modern president is the commander-in-chief, the administrator of a vast bureaucracy, the government's top diplomat, educator, economist, and originator of legislative programs. combined with his endless galaxy of functions that graphically illustrate the obligations of his office, the electronic eye and the speed of 20th-century air travel have brought him closer to the public than any other man of his time. ♪ measured against his own deeply ofsonal terms, the events
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december 1967 would quickly become household happenings for most citizens of the world. ♪ 7, president johnson at ad over 3000 mourners new york state cathedral as they paid their final respects to cardinal francis. spam, theand state cardinal had been an apostle of progress, whose influence had been felt whenever problems touched his pulpit or his world. he supported the administration's efforts in vietnam, and his voice would be missed. >> love him, comfort him, honor
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and keep them in sickness and in sicknesseep him and in health, for as long as he both shall live -- you both shall live. who giveth this woman to be married to this man? ♪ >> two days after his return from new york, the president's oldest daughter became the bride charl of the united states marine corps. e this was the first white house wedding and 53 years, and one of the most brilliant social events since the wedding of alice roosevelt in 1906.
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♪ ♪ ♪
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>> from washington or the texas
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white house, few moves are as characteristic have -- as the johnstone -- as the johnston presidency on a one date barnstorming tour of several states. up, a dedication ceremony that marked the opening of the county library at central texas college. actions, show, by our that progress is not too expensive. >> departing frequently from his text, the president rejected the notion that america could not solve problems of poverty and educational excellence. there would be success of american people have the courage to stay the course. three hours later, he defended ar, $20 billion investment in space exploration.
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[applause] that evening, before a national television audience. at convention, the president presented some dominant themes in 1968. citing the mass of late -- legislation expected from congress since he took office, he made a spirited appeal for the passage of other needed programs and defended his policies in vietnam. he also called on labor to avoid a wage price spiral. he called republicans in soldiers ofe wooden the status quo." >> [applause] despite what one critic called the unjust hyperbole of his attack on republicans, the
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president would claim with considerable accuracy that the majority of bills enacted in the past four years had grown. >> it wasn't easy, every step of the way. there were voices and votes that said, no, not so fast. it is only a rehash. it cost too much money. don't you know there is a war on, and you have to stop progress at home? i have heard them all/ l. together -- together, we have answered them all. ♪ >> the 90th congress's first
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session reflected tensions over vietnam and the urban crises. but the machinery had managed to finance the war, keep important domestic programs going, and pass key legislation, including social security benefits. this included the operation of the model city concept, and an expansion of federal city jurisdiction over the control of air pollution. even more remarkable was the recent history of consumer , and the full record would show more cop list consumer legislation in a two-year. -- more comprehensive consumer legislation in a two-year period, than in all the congresses combined. sinclair's articles and books had been the first real
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attacks on the horrors of slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants in america. >> i have heard them all and we have answered them all. for labor, the young, the old, the worker, the businessman, the farmer, teacher, student, patient, and doctor. our fight is not part of america. our fight is for all of america. ♪heerful strings ♪ ] at the traditional lighting of the national christmas tree, the president and the first lady joined the nation in celebrating the holiday season. christmas orchestral music ♪
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♪] >> the larger enterprise that shape history showed a great deal of time and hard work.
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after five years of very careful -- careful and difficult negotiations, agreements were signed in geneva during the summer of 1967. the presidential signature on proclamation 3822 on the morning of december 16 challenged the the kennedy round to the noncritical test of trade cooperation. tariffsning january 1, on many of our-- imports will drop over five annual productions. our trading partners will take equivalent action on their tariffs. this will mean bigger export sales for american businessman -- businessmen and farmers. those who negotiate in geneva drove a hard bargain. we believe it was fair. early december, the white house announced the first family
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had decided to spend christmas day in washington. with this was the news that the president had videotaped an interview with white house correspondents from the three major television networks. the informal session was the first for a president since 1964, and it do for playback in primetime on the evening of the 19th. it's expected audience was close to 52 million viewers. on the 18th, the day of the taping, washington and the world received sudden and tragic news. from the moment that the wire service teletypes and the white house had clattered out to their messages about prime minister holt, there was little doubt that the presidents holiday plans would undergo drastic change. untilow drastic, few knew the morning of the 19th.
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unless than 24 hours, and ourage of 300an ent newsmen and aides had been assembled for the trip to australia. demonstrationtic of the resources available to an american president -- president and his readiness to put them to use. behind all the headlines was a simple act of homage to a trusted friend. as the state needed to reaffirm the bond with australia's people, we press both the allies and the communists would be steadfastness of the american -- steadfastness of the american court commitment in asia. on the 26 hour flight to destination, travis air force base. one charmer copy presidents i -- t'srmer caught the presiden'ts green.maderlinline
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at the base hospital, he spent the greater part of an hour talking to some of the wounded veterans just back from south vietnam. at 2:05 p.m., california time, air force one sped over san francisco's golden gate. >> gathering together here in australia, are leaders from the north, east, and west. of the kind ofch man that harold was into the kind of leadership he brought,
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forcefully, to the community of the three nations, and the kind of world he was helping to shape. by way of welcome to canberra, the prime minister's successor assured president johnson that despite the changes in leadership, there would be no change in the commitment of australia to south vietnam. following their 90 minute briefing on the war, president johnson plunged into an 18 hour day of protocol and courtesy ofits, and a full round bilateral discussions with australian and asian leaders. >> on the periphery of the orient, a new issue is building. i saw it, i went there last year, i visited their country and the people. as the new asia becomes a reality, there is a hope the will turnthe mainland
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deadlines to the challenge of economic and social development. the people turn to the task of living in dignity, and mutual respect with their neighbors. ♪ [airplane engines] ♪ tolling] >> on friday, december 22, the scene shifted to melbourne. could be heards from the spires of it st. paul's cathedral. his days were truly short. his vision was long. he thought that we had to begin asiaild a new community in
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and in all of the pacific. a community of nations dedicated together to the works of progress of all their peoples. the sense of that community is already coming into being. other men and leaders will carry that cause forward, in this and all the other lands that rim this great ocean. history is going to preserve an honored place in its memory for the name of harold holt, at a critical time. andas he who saw the vision he who assumed leadership and anded us with a new spirit, with a fuller faith. sweeping orchestral music ♪
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♪] [ bells tolling] >> following the visit to australia, a curtain of cigarettes had enveloped the presidential caravan. secrecy had enveloped the presidential caravan. just before 11:00 on the evening of the 22nd, the presidential party arrived at the airbase in thailand, home of the 388th tactical fighter wing and a
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takeoff point for the air -105s, making daily combat runs over north vietnam. ♪ after a four hour rest, the president walked to the tire rack for a meeting with the tarmac for aews -- meeting with the pilots and crews. the love ofith me your families and the infection of your friends, for thinking of you -- and the affection of your younds, who are thinking of and are praying for your safekeeping every hour. i bring with me the gratitude of the nation you serve so honorably and so well. through the use of air power,
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and a mere handful of you, are beating down more than a half a million north vietnamese. they are increasing the cost of power ision, and air providing the mobility, which meets and with -- which meets and which matches the stealth of arenemy whose tactics based on certain hit and run tactics. let no man in any other land misread the spirit of america, rooted in the steadfastness -- steadfastness and resolve of a nation that is holding firmly and faithfully to its course.
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as i meet and greet you this morning, i say on behalf of of your families and friends, on behalf of all of the american people and their allies, god bless you. got it keep you, every one of you. ep you, everyone appeal. we shall always be deeply in your debt. thank you and good morning. >> [applause] >> once over the asian mainland, the next op seemed almost inevitable. stop seemed almost inevitable.
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[plane engines humming] ♪ music ♪]ic
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>> i wish i could've brought you something more than just myself. i wish i could've brought you up theft that would wrap care and concern of your families and loved ones. i wish i could've brought you a signed that the struggle that you are in will soon be over. i can bring you the assurance that what you have thought to achieve, the enemy cannot win in vietnam now. terrorize,ss, inflict casualties while taking far greater losses himself. but he cannot win. there must have been times that you wish that this cup might might go you, that it
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to some other generation, or come from some other place and time. it didn't. it came here and it is with us now. you have taken it with courage that makes all of your countrymen proud. i pray that you will be strengthened this christmas day in wartime by all of your loved ones and people. by the great confidence that you are inspiring in others. steadfastr own great, courage. may god bless you and may god keep you, each of you. >> [applause]
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♪ "silent night" ♪ ] >> on december 23, for the second time in less than 14 months, the president had come to south vietnam. idea sincerters, one the beginning of the trip was that president johnson might seek an audience with pope paul the sixth in rome. was thewas true, so possibility of a flight around
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the world. ♪ >> six hours and 30 minutes after his takeoff from thailand, president johnson landed in pakistan, where a meeting with the 48 meeting with the -- for a meeting with the president. ♪ pakistan'sviewing progress and industrial development, the two presidents discussed the world and the prospects for peace in vietnam. there was much more to talk about, but time was short.
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with the engines of air force allwinding on the airstrip, points lead toward rome and the completion of a journey around the world. ♪ i sat withurs later, pope paul and his -- in his vatican study. i wanted to tell him the united states had been actively seeking an end to the war in vietnam, that we had traveled dozens of roads in search of peace, but that these had proved fruitless journeys thus far. his holiness told me of his felt once more what all of the , that human sympathy, passion for peace that fills the heart of the pope.
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>> so after 110 hours, 59 in the around theurney world came to an end on christmas eve and the president came home to washington. ♪ >> it was a wonderful christmas. christmas with our grandson, little lynn. and the first christmas our family sat together at the white house. ♪
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[christmas music] >> during the remaining days of [christmasdecember, the presides family returned to chris -- texas. meeting with was a dr. christian bernard and a series of conferences on the budget and the state of the union with legislators. slowly but surely, the presidential calendar would quicken.
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jefferson probably knew more about more things than any single man in north america. i include franklin and that -- in that, who would be his only rival. everyone was impressed by jefferson's knowledge. adams was smart, but did not have the breadth. he had depth in history and law that jefferson did not have. not because jefferson could not, he just was not as interested in the law as adams. >> sunday on c-span q and a, professor gordon would on his book, "friends divided." >> adams was a realist. he did not believe all men were created equal. he thought men were created unequal. he did not believe in american exceptional is an. we americans are no better or no
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different than other nations, jefferson is the opposite. he is into nurture, that is what i think most americans believe. we are all born equal and the difference that emerge are due to different experiences, environments. that is why education is so important to americans, it was important to jefferson. >> professor and historian gordon would, sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span. yad iso a 400,000 acre estate in saratoga springs, established as a haven for writers and artists. it houses over 200 artists a year, which have included 74 pulitzer prize winners and a nobel prize winner. with the help of our spectrum cable partners, we continue to explore the history of saratoga springs, with the memoirs of former president, ulysses s. grant.

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