Newsmen in Washington were called to the White House yesterday (Thursday) to hear the surprise announcement that Pierre Salinger, the White House Press Secretary, had resigned.
Film shows Salinger reading his letter of resignation to President Johnson during which he paid tribute to the way the President had assumed his office.
TRANSCRIPT: Salinger: "It is with sincere regret that I submit my resignation as White House Press Secretary. It has been a privilege, which comes to few men, to serve in this great office for over three years. I leave this office with sadness and many warm recollections. I have made this decision for personal reasons which I will explain to the public in the very near future. I want to tell you what an honour it has been to serve you since that dark day in November when President Kennedy was killed. You have grasped the reins of government with a sure and firm hand and restored faith, not only in our country, but throughout the world, in our constitutional system. I am confident that the country will continue to grow and prosper under your able leadership in the years to come, and I hope that the opportunity will come at some future time to serve you or your administration."
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Background: Newsmen in Washington were called to the White House yesterday (Thursday) to hear the surprise announcement that Pierre Salinger, the White House Press Secretary, had resigned. Salinger did not announce his future plans but if is thought likely that he will run for the Senate in California.
As Mr. Salinger announced his resignation, his successor, George Reedy, was standing beside him. Mr. Reedy, talk bespectacled and with near white hair is 47. Like Mr. Salinger he is a former newspaper man. He joined Mr. Johnson's staff at the Senate in 1951.