• Short Summary

    IN CHICAGO TODAY (MONDAY) PRESIDENT JOHNSON REPEATED HIS REMARKS OF LAST NIGHT (SUNDAY) ABOUT THE DIVISIONS SEPARATING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

  • Description

    1.
    SV PRESIDENT JOHNSON. SOF START: "REASON MUST PREVAIL.... ENDS: .. THAT UNITE US"
    1.13

    2.
    MV ROBERT KENNEDY PRESS CONFERENCE. SOF STARTS: "LAST NIGHT SENT ....
    1.15


    ENDS: "...HOPE AND GOODWILL."
    2.17

    3.
    CU McCARTHY AMID CHEERING SOF STARTS: "I THINK IT MUST....." ENDS: "...AMERICA FOR 1968".
    2.59


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQUENCE 1: JOHNSON: "REASON JUST MUST PREVAIL IF DEMOCRACY ITSELF IS TO SURVIVE. AS I SAID LAST EVENING THERE ARE VERY DEEP AND VERY EMOTIONAL DIVISIONS IN THIS LAND THAT WE LOVE TODAY. DOMESTIC DIVISIONS, DIVISIONS OVER THE WAR IN VIETNAM. WITH ALL OF MY HEART I JUST WISH THIS WEEK NOT SO. MY ENTIRE CAREER IN PUBLIC LIFE, SOME 37 YEARS OF IT, HAS BEEN DEVOTED TO THE ART OF FINDING AN AREA OF AGREEMENT, BECAUSE GENERALLY SPEAKING I HAVE OBSERVED THAT THERE ARE SO MANY MORE THINGS TO UNITE US AMERICANS THAN THERE ARE TO DIVIDE US. BUT SOMEHOW OR OTHER WE HAVE A FACULTY OF SOMETIMES EMPHASISING THE DIVISIONS AND THE THINGS THAT DIVIDE US, INSTEAD OF DISCUSSING THE THINGS THAT UNITE US."



    SEQUENCE 2: KENNEDY: "LAST NIGHT I SENT TO THE PRESIDENT THE FOLLOWING TELEGRAM: 'MR. PRESIDENT, FIRST OF ALL LET ME SAY THAT I FERVENTLY HOPE THAT YOUR NEW EFFORT TOWARD PEACE IN VIETNAM WILL SUCCEED. YOUR DECISION REGARDING THE PRESIDENCY, TO SUBORDINATE SELF TO COUNTRY, IS TRULY MAGNANIMOUS. I RESPECTFULLY AND EARNESTLY REQUEST AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT WITH YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO DISCUSS HOW WE MIGHT WORK TOGETHER IN THE INTERESTS OF NATIONAL UNITY DURING THE COMING MONTHS. SINCERELY, ROBERT F. KENNEDY'. THAT WIRE SUMS UP MUCH OF WHAT I WANT TO SAY TODAY. THE PRESIDENT'S ACTION DISPLAYED BOTH COURAGE AND GENEROSITY OF SPIRIT. DESPITE ALL OF THE EXTREMISTS AND THEIR ACTIONS THERE REMAINS IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY AN ENORMOUS RESERVOIR OF HOPE AND GOODWILL."



    SEQUENCE 3: McCARTHY: "I THINK IT MUST HAVE COME AS A SURPRISE TO THE CABINET MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN IN WISCONSIN THIS LAST WEEK. (LAUGHTER) AS IT HAS BEEN A SURPRISE TO ALL OF US. BUT I THINK IT IS ACCEPTABLE HERE THAT THERE IS NO NEED REALLY TO ANSWER...WELL THERE MAY BE A NEED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS BUT I DON'T THINK THIS IS THE TIME TO ANSWER QUESTIONS. AS I SAY I REALLY HAVE NO COMMENT ON IT EXCEPT TO SAY IT IS A SURPRISE AND IT IS...IT CHANGES THE POLITICAL PICTURE IN AMERICA FOR 1968."




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    Background: IN CHICAGO TODAY (MONDAY) PRESIDENT JOHNSON REPEATED HIS REMARKS OF LAST NIGHT (SUNDAY) ABOUT THE DIVISIONS SEPARATING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITHOUT REFERRING TO HIS DECISION NOT TO SEEK RE-ELECTION HE SAID THAT THERE WERE DEEP AND EMOTIONAL ISSUES DIVIDING AMERICANS, INCLUDING VIETNAM.

    THE PRESIDENT SAID AMERICANS HAD A FACULTY FOR SOMETIMES EMPHASISING THOSE THINGS ON WHICH THEY WERE DIVIDED RATHER THAN THOSE THINGS ON WHICH THE COUNTRY WAS UNITED.

    SENATOR ROBERT KENNEDY, WHO HAS EMERGED AS A STRONGER CONTENDER FOR THE PRESIDENCY FOLLOWING PRESIDENT JOHNSON'S DECISION NOT TO SEEK RE-ELECTION, DESCRIBED THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION AS MAGNANIMOUS AND COURAGEOUS. HE IS SEEKING DISCUSSIONS WITH PRESIDENT JOHNSON ON HOW THEY MIGHT WORK TOGETHER IN THE INTERESTS OF NATIONAL UNITY. SENATOR KENNEDY SAID DESPITE EXTREMIST ACTIONS THERE REMAINED IN AMERICA A RESERVOIR OF HOPE AND GOODWILL.

    SENATOR EUGENE McCARTHY, WHOSE POSITION FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT NOMINATION HAS ALSO BEEN ENHANCED BY THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION NOT TO SEEK A FURTHER TERM REFUSED TO MAKE ANY COMMENT ON THE DECISION EXCEPT THAT IT WAS A SURPRISE AND CHANGED AMERICA'S POLITICAL PICTURE FOR THE COMING YEAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEJ566KAJ6BIC7ML0LVZ892F1X
    Media URN:
    VLVAEJ566KAJ6BIC7ML0LVZ892F1X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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