• Short Summary

    US President takes part in first-ever press conference filmed by newsreel cameramen.

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    Old State Department Building, Washington DC, USA. Cut story with American commentary.

    LS. Newspapermen and cameramen in conference room. LS. Reporters rising from their seats. as President Dwight Eisenhower walks in.
    Eisenhower speaks into microphone and says: (natural sound) "Well I see we are trying a new experiment this morning I hope that it doesn't prove to be a disturbing influence. I have no announcement, I will go directly to questions" He then points to a reporter to ask his question which concerns the trouble with Nationalist China in Formosa.
    MS. Eisenhower replying says (natural sound) "Well I should like to see the UN attempt to exercise good offices, I believe because wherever there is any kind of fighting and open violence in the world, there is a sort of powder keg. Whether the United Nations can always do anything in this particular place, I don't know, because probably each side will insist that it was an internal affair, although from my point it would be a good thing for them take a look at it."
    LS. Reporter asking a question concerning the Hammerskjold and Chou En Lai negotiations. MS. Eisenhower replying says: "Well I would never admit failure to anything as long as it is going on, I have understood from his report that this was one step in negotiations that he expects to carry forward. Now the negotiations can never be a success until the American and allies unjustly held in China are returned to their homelands".
    LS. Reporter asking how the President likes his job. LS. Eisenhower replying says: (natural sound) "I don't think I'll try to answer that one, but like everything else there's not wholly unmixed blessings in such duties" MS Reporter getting and rushing out of room.


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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:04:00 / 01:43:30:00
    UN 2708 D

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