CBS News and JFK Parts (Second to Nun) Parts 33-35
Dan Rather: The final speech of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was made this morning to a breakfast meeting of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. This was that speech:
Edit of some kind :….The United States
I know uh now why everyone in Texas Fort Worth is so thin having uh gotten up and down about uh 9 times. That’s what you do every morning. Mr. Baulk, Mr. Vice President, Governor Connally, Senator Yarborough, Jim Wright, Members of the Congressional Delegation, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Attorney General, Ladies and Gentlemen.
Two years ago I said that uh introduced myself in Paris by saying that
I was the man who had accompanied uh Mrs. Kennedy to Paris.
I’m getting that somewhat that same sensation uh as I travel around uh Texas.
Nobody wonders what Lyndon and I wear.
Everyone is laughing hysterically..
I’m glad to be here in uh Jim Wright’s city. About uh 35 uh …….
About uh 35 years ago a Congressman from California, just been elected, received a letter from an irate constituent which said uh during the campaign you promised to have the Sierra Madre mountains reforested. You’ve been in office for one month and you haven’t done so. Well, no one in Fort Worth has been uh that unreasonable, but in some ways he has had the Sierra Madre mountains reforested and uh here in Fort Worth he’s contributed to it’s growth. He speaks for Fort Worth and he speaks for the country. And I don’t know any city that’s better represented in the Congress of the United States than Fort Worth. And if there are any Democrats here this morning I’m sure you won’t hold that against him.
Three years ago last September I came here and uh Vice President and spoke at uh Burke Burnette Park. I called that speech for National Security Policy and a National Security System which was second to none. A position which said not first but, if, when, and how, but first. That city responded to that call as it has through its history and we have been putting that pledge into practice ever since.
And I want to say a word about that pledge here in Ft. Worth, which understands National Defense and it’s importance to the security of the United States.
During the days of the Indian War this city was a fort. During the days of WWI, even before the United States got into the war, Royal Canadian Air Force Pilots were training here.
During the days of WWII the Great Liberator Bombers on which my brother flew with his co-pilot from this city were produced here.
First nonstop flight around the world took off and returned here in a plane built in factories here.
The first truly Intercontinental Bomber, the B-36, was produced here.
The B-58 which is the finest weapon system in the world today, which it demonstrated most recently in flying from Tokyo to London with an average speed of nearly a thousand miles per hour is a Ft. Worth product….?
The Iroquois Helicopter from Ft. Worth is a mainstay in our fight against the guerillas in South Viet Nam.
The transportation of crews between our missile sites is done in planes produced here in Fort Worth.
So where ever the confrentation
(sounds like he says confrentation, concentration, con-swen-tration)
Either he is slurring his pronunciation of the word
because of some drug
or there is another meaning that
he is imputing as in POSSESSED!
may occur and in the last 3 years it’s occurred at least 3 occasions:
in Laos, Berlin and in Cuba and it will again. Where ever it occurs the products of Ft. Worth and the men of Ft. Worth provide us with a sense of security.
And in the not too distant future….. And in the not too distant future a new Ft. Worth product…. And I’m glad that there’s a table separating Mr. Hicks and myself….. a new Ft. Worth product:
the TFX, Tactical Fighter Experimental.
Nobody knows what those words mean, but thats what they mean.
Tactical Fighter Experimental will serve the forces of freedom and will be the number one airplane in the world today.
There’s been a good deal of discussion of the long and hard fought competition to win the TFX contract, but very little discussion about what this plane will do. It will be the first operational aircraft ever produced that can literally spread its wings through the air. It will thus give us a single plane capable of carrying out missions of speed, as well as distance; able to fly very far in one form or very fast in another. It can take off from rugged short airstrips, enormously increasing the Air Forces ability to participate in limited wars.
The same basic plane will serve the Navy’s Carriers saving the taxpayers at least one billion dollars in cost if they build separate planes for the Navy and the Air Force. The government of Australia by purchasing 125 million dollars of TFX planes before they are even off the drawing board has already testified to the merit of this plane and at the same time it’s confident in the ability of Ft. Worth to meet it’s schedule.
In all these ways the success of our National Defense depends upon this city in the Western United States 10,000 miles from Viet Nam, 5 or 6,000 miles from Berlin, thousands of miles from trouble spots in Latin America and Africa or the Middle East. And yet Ft. Worth and what it does and what it produces participates in all these great historic events. Texas as a whole and Ft. Worth bear a particular responsibility for this National Defense Effort. For military procurement in this state totals nearly one and a quarter billion dollars; fifth highest among all the states of the union.
There are more military personnel on active duty in this state than any in the nation, save one, and it’s not Massachusetts. Any in the nation save one where they…. where they combine military civilians defense payroll of well over a billion dollars.
I don’t recite these for any partisan purpose, they’re the result of American determination to be second to none (NUN or No man).
Please also read:
•Increased the defense budget of the United States by over 20 percent.
•Increased the program of acquisition for Polaris Submarines from 24 to 41.
•Increased our Minuteman Missile Purchase Program by more than 75 percent.
•Doubled the number of Strategic Bombers and Missiles On Alert.
•Doubled the number of Nuclear Weapons available in the Strategic Alert Forces.
•Increased the Tactical Nuclear Forces deployed in Western Europe by over 60 percent.
•Added 5 Combat Ready Divisions to the Armies of the United States and 5 Tactical Fighter Wings to the Air Force of the United States.
•Increased our Strategic Air Lift Capability by 75 percent and •increased our Special Counter Insurgency Forces which are engaged now in South Viet Nam by 600 percent.
I hope those who want a strong America and place it on some signs will also place those figures next to it.
This is not an easy effort. This requires sacrifice by the people of the United States. But this is a very dangerous and uncertain world.
As I said earlier on 3 occasions in the last 3 years the United States has had a direct confrontation.
No one can say,
or when it will come again.
No one expects,
uh that uh our life will be easy, certainly not in this decade, and perhaps not in this century. But we should realize what a burden and responsibility the people of the United States have borne for so many years. Here a country which lived in isolation, divided and protected by the Atlantic and Pacific, uninterested in the struggles of the world around it; here in the short space of 18 years (since 1945) after the second world war we put ourselves by our own will and by necessity into a defense of alliances with countries all around the globe.
On 3 occasions in the last 3 years (1960-1963), he says that we had direct confrontations, but I don’t remember the confrontation with Berlin.
Obviously, another confrontation was about to occur.
I think that was a hint from JFK,
•Without the United States SouthViet Nam would collapse over night.
•Without the United States the SEATO Alliance would collapse overnight.
•Without the United States the SENTO Alliance would collapse overnight.
•Without the United States there would be no NATO and gradually Europe would drift into neutralism and indifference.
•Without the effort of the United States and the Alliance For Progress the Communist advance onto the mainland of South America would long ago have taken place.
So this country which desires only to be free, which desires to be secure, which desires to live at peace, for 18 years under 3 different administrations has borne more than its share of the burden,
Has stood watch for more than its number of years.
I don’t think that uh we are fatigued, or tired. We would like to live uh as we once lived, but history will not permit it. The Communist balance of power is still uh strong. The balance of power is still on the side of freedom. We are still the keystone in the arch of freedom and I think we will continue to do as we have done in our past: our duty, and uh the people of Texas will be in the lead.
So I’m glad to come.
I’m glad to come to this uh state which has played uh such a significant role in so many efforts in this century. And to say that here in Ft. Worth you people will be playing a major role in the maintenance of the security of the United States for the next 10 years. I’m confident as I uh look to the future that our chances for security, our chances for peace, are better than they’ve been in the past and the reason is because we’re stronger. And with that strength is a determination to not only maintain the peace, but also the vital interests of the United States.
To that great cause Texas, and the United States, are committed.
end of JFK’s Speech
JACKIE LIKED THAT SPEECH!
Does JFK look okay in the picture on the left?
or does he look like something is wrong ….
I think he looks upset.
She or whatever it is
is controlling him!
Do you see the pretty white flowers?
EERILY SIMILAR PHOTO OF JFK. I find it very odd!
I THINK THIS SHOT WAS TAKEN IN MIAMI A WEEK OR SO BEFORE THE PICTURE ABOVE IT.
HE IS WEARING A BOW TIE AND A REGULAR TIE IN THE PICTURE ABOVE AND BELOW THIS PICTURE IN FT. WORTH.
President Kennedy appears to be wiping his eyes from crying
(which is not a normal reaction….something else is going on)
and away from Jackie Kennedy
and then laughs at the presentations given to him.
Mr. President, your visit with us in Ft. Worth today, the things you have said have refreshed and renewed our appreciation of your great leadership and courage.
You have brought rain to moisten our pastures and our fields.
You have brought sunshine in our hearts.
We know, we know that you don’t wear a hat.
HERE ARE 2 PICTURES OF JFK WEARING A HAT.
IT’S POSSIBLE, IT’S POSSIBLE THAT DR. GRANVILLE WALKER AND/OR HIS WIFE DIFFER
THAN THE AVERAGE MAN BY THE MEANING OF
‘WEARING A HAT’. )
AFTER ALL THEIR MOTTO IS:
TOO BAD YOU NEED TO USE DRUGS ON UNSUSPECTING HUMANITY TO ACHIEVE THOSE CHANGES! WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE EFFECTS OF THE DRUGS DISSIPATE? DO YOU THEN KILL TO COVER UP THE DECEPTION?
OBVIOUSLY, THERE IS A BETTER WAY THAN THAT!)
We couldn’t let you leave Ft. Worth without providing you with some protection
against the rain.
-I’ll put it on in the uh White House
if you’ll come up there,
you’ll have a chance to see it,
Another hint from JFK?
Was there an event scheduled for Monday that the public isn’t aware of?
That was the day of his funeral!
Was he aware of that?
That uh that Texas hat is presented to you by our Washer Brothers,
one of the oldest men stores in Texas.
And to protect you against global enemies in the manner you are protecting this nation against our foreign enemies and to keep the rattlesnakes on Vice President Johnson’s ranch from striking you, we wanted to present these this pair of boots. We won’t ask you to put them on ….here. The boots are presented by Mr. John Justin, former Mayor of Ft. Worth, manufacturer of the most walked about boots in the world.
And Mrs. Kennedy, as you ride to the hounds or walk to the rattlesnakes,
(She did do that, didn’t she!)
we want you to have protection, too.
Boots, I think.
Gives her a box!
Before the Benediction
I’d like to present Mrs. Granville Walker, the wife of Dr. Granville Walker, who will
Announce the Benediction.
Mrs. Granville Walker.
No woman stands up so I guess I should assume he is Mrs. Granville Walker,
however there was a break in the film so could be she did her introduction in the break not shown.
After Dr. Walker
Gives the Benediction
we’ll ask that you please remain seated
until the President and Mrs. Kennedy have made their exit.
Dr. Granville Walker.
Dr. Walker takes the podium.
– Let us be in the spirit of prayer. The Lord bless all nations with a desire for peace. The Lord bless our own beloved nation with rectitude and prosperity and grant us to achieve justice for all within it. The Lord bless our President and all in places of responsibility with wisdom and with health equal to their tasks. And now the Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord cause his face to shine upon you and give you peace both now and forever.
Uh, gee did this mantra help anyone
Though it sounds real pretty.
……….A little while later JFK goes to Dallas
and he is assassinated by Jackie Kennedy………..
with the help of some religious leaders, the press, the witnesses, and many more.
AT LEAST, SOW IT SEEMS
It does seem like this is occurring as if back then and also now.
Back to Walter Cronkite
Lee H. Oswald the 24 year old man whom Dallas Police say is a prime suspect in the assassination of President Kennedy was questioned for 6 hours at the Dallas Police Station this evening. He was arrested shortly after the assassination and has been under questioning ever since. But as he was lead from the interrogation room upstairs in the Dallas Police Station perhaps reporters say for booking, he said to reporters, “I don’t know anything about this. I haven’t done anything.” Apparently he is still denying any knowledge of the assassination.
Oswald’s arrest uh resulted from a theater cashier’s tip, Mrs. Julie Postal, telephoning Police from the Texas theater that a man inside looked like he was running from someone, and that was just 45 minutes after the shooting. The theater 3 miles away from shooting scene. She said he kept changing seats in the theater. The police by this time were frantically searching the city for the killer, of course, and two officers raced to the theater and in through a rear door. One of them opened fire. Oswald had a snub nosed 38 pistol on him and he shot, too. It’s not clear who fired first, but Officer J. D. Tippit was shot dead and police say that Oswald’s pistol killed him.
Oswald as we said was local Chairman of the pro Castro Fair Play For Cuba Committee. He went to Russia in 1959 saying he was relinquishing his United States Citizenship. He returned last year complaining that he was disillusioned. Whether or not he ever actually did get Soviet citizenship is not clear. But he did marry while in Russia and is said to have one or two children. His wife is in this country with him and was taken to the Police Station this afternoon, also.
Oswald worked in the building where the murder weapon- a German made Mouser Rifle was discovered. Oswald has been active in propaganda activities as
Bob Jones from Station WWL TV in New Orleans reports.
cuts to film showing Oswald passing out leaflets
Obviously, Oswald was on their radar screen early on.
-This is Lee H. Oswald in October 16th in New Orleans when he was handling out hand bills for the Fair Play For Cuba Committee in front of the International Trade Mart. New Orleans Police know Oswald well. On August 9th he was arrested for disturbing the peace by creating a scene on the cities Main Canal Street by also distributing these hand bills. He resided in an apartment here from May 9th until August 20th when he slipped out in the middle of the night without having paid his rent. The apartment manager said he was quiet and talked to no one. They found several of these pamphlets lying around the apartment after he had left. This is Bob Jones WWL-TV in New Orleans.
That was short!
By strange coincidence since 1840 beginning with Benjamin Harrison over our last 8 Presidents who assumed office on the even years two decades apart have died in office. And of the nations 35 Presidents, 4 have died of assassins bullets. President Lincoln in 1865, and Garfield in 1881, McKinnley in 1901, and John F. Kennedy today. In this century 4 Vice Presidents have moved up to the highest office in emergencies: Theodore Roosevelt succeeded President McKinnley. Calvin Coolidge in August 1923 succeeded Warren Harding who died of a stroke. In April 1945 Harry Truman took the Oath of Office following Franklin Roosevelt’s death at Warm Springs, Georgia. And today Lyndon Johnson took the oath aboard an Air Force jet liner at Dallas, Texas. For a report on the man who is our new President, here is Eric Severeid.
Eric Severeid reads his propaganda and it seems to be the exact monologue he read before .
-Walter on this day of misfortune (clears throat) perhaps some measure of comfort can be taken from one circumstance: This time the successor to an assassinated President is a man of first rank ability. This was not so when Abraham Lincoln died, although some historians disagree about Andrew Johnson. It was not so when Garfield died and was succeeded by Chester Arthur. It was so when McKinnley died and Theodore Roosevelt became the President, and it’s so again. Lyndon Baines Johnson is no throttle-bottom, no political accident. He is 55 years old. He’s in the prime of life for the responsibilities of the Presidency at a point where a man’s experience and his energies meet at a high mutual level. Johnson was born in Texas near the hamlet called Johnson City where the family flag flies over the LBJ ranch. He’s a lawyer by education, a politician by instinct and by great success. sticks out tongue 1:59/10:50.
It was not so….. It was not so…. It was so…… and it’s so again. SOWHAT?
I’m sorry but this is soweird.
He was a very young age of Franklin Roosevelt during the New Deal Days. He worked on the Youth Project. He first went to the House of Representatives in 1937. He was only 29 years old. And there in the House he became the personal protege of Sam Reaper a great Texan who ran the House as Speaker longer than any man in our history including Henry Clay. licks 2:21/10:50 Johnson went to the Senate in 1949 winning in Texas by a tiny majority of just 87 votes. And he became, without much doubt, the most effective Majority Leader in the whole story of the Senate. Sticks out tongue. 2:34/10:50. His energy there was prodigious. he lived in a whirl of activity. He put most Senators in his personal debt by one kind of service or another. His fame became great in Washington itself during the years of Republican rule under President Eisenhower. His power then as Senate Leader was greater by far than it has been since in the Vice Presidency. sticks out tongue 2:55/10:50. Johnson was called a liberal by instinct, and intellect, a conservative by geography. His political alliances in Texas were with the more conservative Texans who have managed that state for a good many years. But in most national matters he was regarded as progressive including on the matter of civil rights. Again, this was in the pattern and the image of his patron Sam Rayburn. He is a fairly wealthy man his family holdings, some in the name of his wife Lady Bird include television stations, as well as the ranch. sticks out tongue 3:26/10:50. In 1955, when Johnson was making a visit to the uh Virginia Farm of Mr. George McGhee another Texan our ambassador to Germany, Mr. Johnson felt ill. He thought it was acute indigestion. Senator Clinton Anderson of New Mexico was present and he said at once, “You’re having a heart attack.” Mr. Johnson was taken to a hospital where he slowly recovered. sticks out tongue 3:48/10:50.
In part one of this series Frank McGeehee is mentioned by Eddie Barker reporting at the Trade Mart who said that Frank McGeehee was the leader of the National Indignation Convention a group of extreme rightists here tried to interrupt the uh ambassador. I sort of think he is connected somehow to Ambassador McGhee. Here us that same snippet from that section:
Is Frank McGeeHee related to Ambassador McGhee?
“For Erhard, the issue was more than a theoretical scenario, as several dossiers and transcripts from US diplomats show. In confidential discussions with the US ambassador in Bonn, George McGhee, the German chancellor spoke of
a “necessary sacrifice” or a new gesture.”….
“……The Christian Democrat wanted to entice the communists on the other side of the Iron Curtain with enormous sums of money. His closest confidante, Chancellery Chief of Staff Ludger Westrick, even went so far as to name them at a dinner with Ambassador McGhee on Oct. 21, 1963: Loans of perhaps $2.5 billion a year for 10 or more years, or approximately 100 billion deutsche marks at the currency exchange rate at the time…”
“…..With the arrival of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration, Ambassador McGhee returned to the oil business but was recalled as a consultant to the National Security Council and as a member of the president’s commission on the military assistance program.
President John F. Kennedy appointed him counselor to the State Department and head of its policy planning council. During the Cuban missile crisis he was under secretary for political affairs, the No. 3 job in the department……”
Was the sacrifice President Kennedy?
Back to Eric Severeid hyping the Talents of Lyndon Johnson:
For some time after that his strength was diminished. He told his reporters once on Monday mornings I’m full of fire by Wednesday night I’m all tired out. But all this changed. His full strength came back and in recent years he has demonstrated his old energies in a daily whirl of activities including a great many trips around this country and abroad. sticks out tongue 4:09/10:50. He is now personally acquainted with virtually all of the world leaders of President Kennedy was acquainted with, including Mr. Kruschev. His grasp of domestic politics is very great at the general and intellectual level and at the practical working level of this total human machinery that makes our rather cumbers (def:to hinder, to slow, to weigh down) system work.
His fierce fight against Mr. Kennedy for the Democratic Nomination in 1960 seems only yesterday. But his great prestige in Washington, at that time, was not matched by his prestige in the country at large. So it was a tremendous struggle right down to the final hours of the convention. Mr. Kennedy chose Johnson to be his running mate partly because he had to have strength in the Southern states. Johnson was the one man who could conciliate the Southern Conservatives. And this he did. In fact, there were many later on who said that Mr. Kennedy owed his election to Mr. Johnson. In any case, Johnson became the President’s Lieutenant in full fidelity (adjusts his glasses) not only in his public actions, but in his private talk. sticks out tongue 5:15/10:50. But he began to fade from the national consciousness as Vice President, as most Vice Presidents under an energetic President are bound to do.
When the president, President Kennedy died today, both he and the Vice President were engaged behind the scenes in trying to settle the feud within the Texas Democratic Party between the Johnson Connally forces and the liberal forces led by Senator Ralph Yarborough. And now all that which does seem so petty in retrospect, all that doesn’t matter very much. Mr. Johnson is the President. Texas is his personal political base in its totality. Well, when the sorrow of today begins to fade and when the President has been laid to rest the machinery of the national government will take up again. And again Americans will think ahead not only as to what lines of policy and action the new President will follow, but also after a while to the election of next year. Mr. Johnson will be nominated at the Democratic Convention next August, if he wishes it and I think most observers tonight would predict that he will wish it. All estimations as to the outcome of the election itself a year from this November, of course, are right now without meaning. That election like the course of this great country itself lies with faith and with the continuing nature of the times (takes off his glasses) and of the world itself. Now, Walter.
Back to Walter Cronkite.
Dallas, Texas a name and a place that bore the romance of the great oil state and its almost legendary wealth in an instant, in the flash of an assassin’s bullet, has been saddled with an unwanted memory. The mayor of Dallas is Earl Cabell. He is with Eddie Barker in our KRLD-TV Studios in Dallas right now.
Eddie Barker folds his arms leans over his table and speaks.
Walter, I think that uh most Dallasites feel at this hour, as I do, still in a state of shock. But as the grim reality takes hold that in our town the President of our United States could be gunned down by a fiend, I shutter and feel sick in the pit of my stomach. And Dallas feels that way, too. For as you know, Dallas is not that kind of town. To Easterners who come here they often say wha this is sort of a little New York. It’s known as the town in the Southwest with the culture. It’s had a lot of problems with its extreme elements, but uh this is something today that certainly has this town shocked. Mayor Earl Cabell who was in that Presidential Parade today and was only a cars length away when the President was shot. Mayor?
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