At a joint Session of Congress, in Washington, Jan 30, President John F. Kennedy delivered?
SLV Kennedy on rostrum
CU Kennedy SOF.. "Our greatest challenge".. ENDS.. ever increasing confidence".. applause
GV Applauding members
CU Kennedy SOF.. Today this country..." ENDS... "knowledge available to all."
MV Kennedy steps from rostrum amidst applause
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: President Kennedy: "Our greatest challenge is still the world that lies beyond the Cold War .. but the first great obstacle is still our relations with the Soviet Union and Communist China. We must never be lulled into believing that either power has yielded its ambition for world domination .. ambitions which they forcefully restated only a short time ago. On the contrary, our task is to convince them that aggression and subversion will not be profitable routes to pursue these ends. Open and peaceful competition .. for prestige, for markets, for scientific achievement, even for men's minds ... is something else again. For if Freedom and Communism were to compete for man's allegiance in a world at peace, I would look to the future with ever increasing confidence."
SEQ. 5: President Kennedy: "Today this country is ahead in the science and technology of space, while the Soviet Union is ahead in the capacity of lift large vehicles into orbit. Both nations would help themselves as well as other nations by removing these endeavours from the bitter and wasteful competition of the Cold War. The United States would be willing to join with the Soviet Union and the scientists of all nations in a greater effort to make the fruits of this new Knowledge available to all."
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Background: At a joint Session of Congress, in Washington, Jan 30, President John F. Kennedy delivered his first State of the Union message. The President recalled that it was here, 14 years earlier, that he first took the oath of Federal office.
President Kennedy was frank, outspoken and far from inclined to paint pleasant pictures of a rosy present or future.