President Eisenhower of the U.S.A. made his farewell address to the nation on television Jan?
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 3): President Eisenhower: "We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts, America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realise that America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and betterment.
"We face a hostile ideology - global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for - not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis - but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint, the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle - with liberty at stake."
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Background: President Eisenhower of the U.S.A. made his farewell address to the nation on television Jan 17. On Jan 21, Senator John Kennedy will be inaugurated as his successor. President Eisenhower's speech, delivered without emotion, was televised from his office at the White House.
President Eisenhower's last official duty before this term of office expires was to sign a treaty with Canadian Premier John Diefenbaker providing for joint development of the Columbia River basin's water resources. The agreement - signed at the White House Jan 17 - provides for construction of dams on both sides of the border that will yield flood control, power and conservation benefits to both nations.