A THOUSAND DAYS
The Voice over of Chief Justice Earl Warren
WARREN EULOGY - SYNC:
JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY, A GREAT AND GOOD PRESIDENT, THE FRIEND OF ALL PEOPLE OF GOODWILL, A BELIEVER IN THE DIGNITY AND EQUALITY OF ALL HUMAN BEING A FIGHTER OF JUSTICE, AN APOSTLE OF PEACE, HAS BEEN SNATCHED FROM OUR MIDST BY THE BULLET OF AN ASSASSIN.
OUR NATION IS BEREAVED THE WHOLE WORLD IS POORER BECAUSE OF HIS LOSS; BUT WE CAN ALL BE BETTER AMERICANS BECAUSE JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY HAS EASED OUR WAY
Ambassador Adlai Stevenson:
STEVENSON EULOGY - SYNC
PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS SO CONTEMPORARY A MAN, SO INVOLVED IN OUR WORLD, SO IMMERSED IN OUR TIMES, SO RESPONSIVE TO ITS CHALLENGES, SO INTENSE A PARTICIPANT IN THE GREAT EVENTS AND GREAT DECISIONS OF OUR DAY, THAT HE SEEMED THE VERY SYMBOL OF THE VITALITY AND THE EXUBERANCE THAT IS THE ESSENCE OF LIFE-ITSELF. HE MADE US PROUD TO BE AMERICANS. NOW HE'S GONE. TODAY WE MOURN HIM, TOMORROW AND TOMORROW WE SHALL MISS HIM. AND SO WE SHALL NEVER KNOW HOW DIFFERENT THE WORLD MIGHT HAVE BEEN HAD FATE PERMITTED THIS BLAZING TALENT TO LIVE AND LABOR LONGER AT MAN'S UNFINISHED AGENDA FOR PEACE AND PROGRESS FOR ALL.
JFK INAUGURAL - SYNC:
ONLY A FEW GENERATIONS HAVE BEEN GRANTED THE ROLE OF DEFENDING FREEDOM IN ITS HOUR OF MAXIMUM DANGER. I DO NOT SHRINK FROM THIS RESPONSIBILITY -- I WELCOME IT. I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT ANY OF THE US WOULD EXCHANGE PLACES WITH ANY OTHER PEOPLE OR ANY OTHER GENERATION. THE ENERGY, THE FAITH, THE DEVOTION WHICH WE BRING TO THIS ENDEAVOR WILL LIGHT OUR COUNTRY AND ALL WHO SERVE IT -- AND THE GLOW FROM THAT FIRE CAN TRULY LIGHT THE WORLD.
AND SO, MY FELLOW AMERICANS, ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU; ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy assumed the office of President of the United States as his nation faced the great challenges of a new age. He pledged leadership, and in time Americans would find in his words -- a voice, in his ideals -- a faith, and a direction in the goals he set for himself and his country.
JFK - SYNC:
I SOMETIMES THINK WE ARE TOO MUCH IMPRESSED BY THE CLAMOR OF DAILY EVENTS. NEWSPAPER HEADLINES AND THE TELEVISION SCREENS GIVE US A SHORT VIEW. THEY SO FLOOD US WITH THE STOP-PRESS DETAILS OF DAILY STORIES THAT WE LOSE SIGHT OF ONE OF THE GREAT MOVEMENTS OF HISTORY YET IT IS THE PROFOUND TENDENCIES OF HISTORY, AND NOT THE PASSING EXCITEMENTS, THAT WILL SHAPE OUR FUTURE.
In a thousand days, he articulated for the nation the challenges of the 1960's.
SPACE IS OPEN TO US NOW, AND OUR EAGERNESS TO SHARE ITS MEANING IS NOT GOVERNED BY THE EFFORTS OF OTHERS. WE GO INTO SPACE BECAUSE WHATEVER MANKIND MUST UNDERTAKE, FREE MEN MUST FULLY SHARE.
I BELIEVE THAT THIS NATION SHOULD COMMIT ITSELF TO ACHIEVING THE GOAL, BEFORE THIS DECADE IS OUT, OF LANDING A MAN ON THE MOON AND RETURNING HIM SAFELY TO THE EARTH. NO SINGLE SPACE PROJECT IN THIS PERIOD WILL BE MORE IMPRESSIVE TO MANKIND, OR MORE IMPORTANT FOR THE LONG-RANGE EXPLORATION OF SPACE; AND NONE WILL BE SO DIFFICULT OR EXPENSIVE TO ACCOMPLISH. BUT IN A VERY REAL SENSE, IT WILL NOT BE ONE MAN GOING TO THE MOON, IT WILL BE AN ENTIRE NATION. FOR ALL OF US MUST WORK TO PUT HIM THERE.
JFK - VOICE OVER
TO FULFILL THE ROLE WE CANNOT AVOID ON THE WORLD SCENE, WE MUST RE-EXAMINE AND REVISE OUR WHOLE ARSENAL OF TOOLS. FIRST WE MUST STRENGTHEN OUR MILITARY TOOLS...
WE ARE MOVING INTO A PERIOD OF UNCERTAIN RISK AND GREAT COMMITMENT, IN WHICH BOTH THE MILITARY AND DIPLOMATIC POSSIBILITIES REQUIRE A FREE WORLD FORCE SO POWERFUL AS TO MAKE ANY AGGRESSION CLEARLY FUTILE. IF WE ARE TO KEEP THE PEACE, WE NEED AN INVULNERABLE MISSILE FORCE POWERFUL ENOUGH TO DETER ANY AGGRESSOR FROM EVEN THREATENING AN ATTACK THAT HE WOULD KNOW COULD NOT DESTROY ENOUGH OF OUR OWN FORCES TO PREVENT HIS OWN DESTRUCTION. FOR AS A I SAID UPON TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE: "ONLY WHEN OUR ARMS ARE SUFFICIENT BEYOND DOUBT, CAN WE BE CERTAIN BEYOND DOUBT THAT THEY WILL NEVER BE EMPLOYED."
The President ordered a military quarantine of Cuba...and bluntly declared that the Russians must halt what he called "this clandestine, reckless and provocative threat to world peace..."
The line had been drawn -- a challenge that invoked the spectre of a nuclear confrontation had been issued. This was the burden that John Kennedy accepted. This was the crushing responsibility that was his.
NOW THE TIME HAS COME FOR THIS NATION TO FULFILL ITS PROMISE. THE FIRES OF FRUSTRATION AND DISCORD ARE BURNING IN EVERY CITY, NORTH AND SOUTH. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO PIN THE BLAME ON OTHERS -- TO SAY THAT THIS IS THE PROBLEM OF ONE SECTION OF THE COUNTRY OR ANOTHER. A GREAT CHANGE IS AT HAND AND OUR TASK, OUR OBLIGATION IS TO MAKE THAT REVOLUTION, THAT CHANGE, PEACEFUL AND CONSTRUCTIVE FOR ALL.
Of his thousand days as President, some of the most memorable moments occurred when he left the Capital to tour his nation and the world. "In Washington," he would say, "we talked of the United States....its dangers and its opportunities, in a somewhat removed way. But out here one can sense the power -- the strength -- the resources of this nation...."
Here too he could feel the response to his administration -- the respect...the admiration... the affection that Americans felt for him. Sure of his way, here was tangible proof to him that where he led, the nation would follow.
JFK IN SOUTH AMERICA - SYNC:
I SHALL RETURN TO WASHINGTON AND TELL THE PEOPLE OF MY COUNTRY THAT YOU AND THEY ARE BOUND TOGETHER IN ONE OF THE GREAT ADVENTURES OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE TO MAKE OF OUR HEMISPHERE A BRIGHT AND SHINING LIGHT FOR ALL THE WORLD. AND IN THE 1960's, I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN DEMONSTRATE, SO THAT ALL THE WORLD WILL WANT TO FOLLOW OUR EXAMPLE, THAT FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY CAN MOVE HAND IN HAND. I EXPRESS OUT THANKS TO YOU, AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE PEOPLE OF MY COUNTRY, IN GOOD TIMES AND BAD, ARE COMMITTED TO THE PROGRESS OF YOUR PEOPLE AND THIS HEMISPHERE.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN....MR. PRESIDENT......ONE OF THE KENNEDYS DOES NOT NEED AN INTERPRETER, SO I'D LIKE TO HAVE MY WIFE SAY JUST A WORD TO YOU...
To the people of the City of Berlin, John F. Kennedy embodied the resolute determination of the United States to preserve the way of freedom.
JFK IN BERLIN - SYNC
ALL FREE MEN, WHEREVER THEY MAY LIVE, ARE CITIZENS OF BERLIN. AND THEREFORE, AS A FREE MAN. I TAKE PRIDE IN THE WORDS: "ICH BIN EIN BERLINER."
In Paris as in every city he visited, the people cheered him as they would his nation -- for the two were indivisible.
JFK IN PARIS - SYNC
MR. CHAIRMAN, MR. MINISTER, SECRETARY OF STATE, AMBASSADOR ALPHONSE, AMBASSADOR GAVIN, AMBASSADOR BONNET, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:
I DO NOT THINK IT ALTOGETHER INAPPROPRIATE TO INTRODUCE MYSELF TO THIS AUDIENCE. I AM THE MAN WHO ACCOMPANIED JACQUELINE KENNEDY TO PARIS, AND I HAVE ENJOYED IT.
JFK - SYNC:
I SPOKE A YEAR AGO TODAY TO TAKE THE INAUGURAL, AND I'D LIKE TO PARAPHRASE A COUPLE OF STATEMENTS I MADE THAT DAY, BY SAYING THAT WE OBSERVE TONIGHT NOT A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM, BUT A VICTORY OF PARTY. FOR WE ARE SWORN TO PAY OFF THE SAME PARTY DEBT OUR FORBEARS PAN UP NEARLY A YEAR AND THREE MONTHS AGO. OUR DEFICIT WILL NOT BE PAID OFF IN THE NEXT 100 DAYS, NOR WILL IT BE PAID OFF IN THE FIRST 1000 DAYS, NOR IN THE LIFE OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, NOR PERHAPS EVEN IN OUR LIFETIME ON THIS PLANET, BUT LET US BEGIN.
REMEMBERING THAT GENEROSITY IS NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS, AND THAT AMBASSADOR ARE ALWAYS SUBJECT TO SENATE CONFIRMATION. FOR IF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CANNOT BE HELPED BY THE MANY WHO ARE POOR, IT CANNOT BE SAVED BY THE FEW WHO ARE RICH. SO LET US BEGIN...
IT MIGHT BE SAID NOW THAT I HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS:
A HARVARD EDUCATION AND A YALE DEGREE.
JFK - SYNC:
IN 1952, WHEN I WAS THINKING OF RUNNING FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE, I WENT TO THE THEN SENATOR SMATHERS AND SAID: "GEORGE, WHAT DO YOU THINK?" HE SAID: "DON'T DO IT, CAN'T WIN, BAD YEAR."
IN 1956, I WAS AT THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, AND I SAID I DIDN'T KNOW WHETHER I'D RUN FOR VICE PRESIDENT OR NOT, SO I SAID: "GEORGE, WHAT DO YOU THINK?"
"THIS IS IT; THEY NEED A YOUNG MAN; IT'S YOUR CHANCE." SO I RAN, AND LOST.
AND IN 1960, I WAS WONDERING WHETHER I OUGHT TO RUN IN THE WEST VIRGINIA PRIMARY.
"DON'T DO IT....THAT STATE YOU CAN'T POSSIBLY CARRY."
AND ACTUALLY, THE ONLY TIME I REALLY GOT NERVOUS ABOUT THE WHOLE MATTER AT LOS ANGELES WAS JUST BEFORE THE BALLOTING. GEORGE CAME UP AND SAID: "I THINK IT LOOKS PRETTY GOOD FOR YOU."
The White House, in a thousand days and a thousand nights under John Fitzgerald Kennedy, often became a center for cultural activity. And that was part of the Kennedy style. As he sought to achieve excellence in all that he undertook, so did he admire and encourage talent and genius.
JFK - SYNC:
THE POET, THE ARTIST, THE MUSICIAN, CONTINUES THE QUIET WORK OF CENTURIES, BUILDING BRIDGES OF EXPERIENCE BETWEEN PEOPLE, REMINDING MAN OF THE UNIVERSALITY OF HIS FEELINGS AND DESIRES AND DESPAIRS, AND REMINDING HIM THAT THE FORCES THAT UNITE ARE DEEPER THAN THOSE THAT DIVIDE.
From his incredibly broad range of knowledge and interests, John F. Kennedy shaped the path of his Administration. A passionate believer in the value of knowledge, he launched a broad program for improving the educational opportunities of young Americans.
BURTON - CAMELOT V.O.
ASK EVERY PERSON IF HE'S HEARD THE STORY, AND TELL IT STRONG AND CLEAR IF HE HAS NOT, THAT ONCE THERE WAS A FLEETING WISP OF GLORY .. CALLED CAMELOT ........
LBJ - VOICE OVER
ON THE TWENTIETH DAY OF JANUARY IN NINETEEN AND SIXTY ONE, JOHN F. KENNEDY TOLD HIS COUNTRYMEN: "LET US BEGIN."
TODAY, IN THIS MOMENT OF NEW RESOLVE, I WOULD SAY TO ALL MY FELLOW AMERICANS: "LET US CONTINUE."
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