President addresses the nation in appeal for national strength
Washington, United States of America
Title. Various shots, as President Kennedy makes his way to dais in the House Chamber, amidst applause from standing members of the Senate and House. He shakes hands with Lyndon Johnson and Sam Rayburn, who are seated behind him. Various shots as Kennedy speaks: "I speak today in an hour of national peril and an hour of opportunity. I will present to the Congress in the next 14 days measures to improve unemployment compensation to provide more food for families of the unemployed, and their needy children, to redevelop our areas, to expand the services of the U.S. employment office to stimulate housing and construction, to secure more purchasing power for our lowest paid workers by raising and expanding the minimum wage. To offer tax incentive... to increase the development of our natural resources to encourage price stability, and to take other steps, aimed at insuring a prompt recovery and paving the way for increased long-range wealth. This is not a policy programme concentrating on our weaknesses, it is I hope a national programme to realise our national strength. To our sister Republics of the South we have pledged a new alliance for progress. Our goal is a free and prosperous Latin-America, realising for all its states and all its cities a degree of economic and social progress that matches their historic contributions to culture, intellect and liberty. We must increase our support of the United Nations as an instrument to end the cold war, instead of an arena in which to fight. In recognition of its increasing importance and the doubling of its membership we are enlarging and strengthening our own mission to U.N. we shall help insure that it is properly financed. we shall help insure that it is properly financed'...turn it we must. Applause.