President Lyndon Baines Johnson delivered his first State of the Union message to Congress today (8 January).
Excerpts of speech in which Mr. Johnson calls for action on civil rights and spells out the ten foreign policy proposals.
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Background: President Lyndon Baines Johnson delivered his first State of the Union message to Congress today (8 January). He called for a massive attack on poverty, a tax cut, a reduced budget, and prompt action on the civil rights bill now pending in the Congress.
He urged a world made safe for diversity...and listed ten ways in which the United States should advance towards this goal. He announced that new U.S. proposals would be made at the Geneva disarmament negotiations and said the U.S. is cutting back its distribution of U.S. surplus foods...urged the expansion of world trade...called for the strengthening of Atlantic and Pacific alliances...and called for new efforts to bridge the gap between East and West.
It was a brief...but moving...speech. Mr. Johnson was interrupted by applause some eighty times.