President Nixon's historic trip to Peking began with a farewell address on the south lawn of the White House on Thursday (february 17).
SV Senators plus Secretary of State Rogers and Secretary of Defence Laird applaud as President and Mrs. Nixon leave White House.
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GV President shakes hands with Agnew and waves to crowd
GV President Nixon speaks. (SOUND)
GV President and Mrs. Nixon embrace daughters.
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SV President and Mrs. Nixon walk to helicopter
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PRESIDENT NIXON APPLAUDED AS HE LEAVES WHITE HOUSE: CROWD LOOKS ON: NIXON DELIVERING FAREWELL SPEECH: NIXON BOARDING HELICOPTER: HELICOPTER LIFTING OFF WHITE HOUSE LAWN.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: NIXON: "The government of the People's Republic of China and the government of the United states have great differences. We will have great difference in the future. But what we must do i??? to find a way to see that we can have differences without being enemies at war. If we can progress toward that goal on this trip, the world will be a much safer world, and the chances...particularly for all those young children over there...to grow up in a world of peace will be infinitely greater. I would simply say in conclusion that, if there was a postscript that I hoped might be written with regard to this trip, it would be the words on the plague which we left on the moon by our first astronauts when they landed there: "We came in peace for all mankind"...Thank you and goodbye."
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Background: President Nixon's historic trip to Peking began with a farewell address on the south lawn of the White House on Thursday (february 17).
On and to wish the President goodbye were members of his family, the vice president, members of the Nixon cabinet, military and congressional leaders. In addition, there were cheers from several hundred children who had arrived t the White House especially for the occasion.
After a brief address in which the President stressed the peaceful nature of his mission to the People's Republic of China, he boarded a waiting helicopter which took him to Andrews Air Force Base, just outside Washington. There the President, his advisors and Mrs. Nixon boarded the presidential jet...Air force One....and began the first leg of the log journey of China. He'll arrive in Peking on Monday (February 21)