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Reel Number: H2029-10
Color: Black and White
Year / Date: 1961
TC Begins: 20:42:45
TC Ends: 20:45:05
1961 - Speech, President Kennedy: Special Message To Congress, TRACK ONLY Pt. 10 of 10 Continued... Finally, our greatest asset in this struggle is the American people--their willingness to pay the price for these programs--to understand & accept a long struggle--to share their resources w/ other less fortunate people-to meet the tax levels & close the tax loopholes I have requested--to exercise self-restraint instead of pushing up wages or prices, or over-producing certain crops, or spreading military secrets, or urging unessential expenditures or improper monopolies or harmful work stoppages--to serve in the Peace Corps or the Armed Services or the Federal Civil Service or the Congress--to strive for excellence in their schools, in their cities & in their physical fitness & that of their children--to take part in Civil Defense-to pay higher postal rates, & higher payroll taxes & higher teachers' salaries, in order to strengthen our society--to show friendship to students & visitors from other lands who visit us & go back in many cases to be the future leaders, w/ an image of America--and I want that image, & I know you do, to be affirmative & positive. (applause) And, finally, to practice democracy at home, in all States, with all races, to respect each other and to protect the Constitutional rights of all citizens. (applause) 20:44:25 I have not asked for a single program which did not cause one or all Americans some inconvenience, or some hardship, or some sacrifice. But they have responded-and you in the Congress have responded to your duty--and I feel confident in asking today for a similar response to these new and larger demands. It is heartening to know, as I journey abroad, that our country is united in its commitment to freedom-and is ready to do its duty. (applause--abruptly ended) 25May61; Presidential Speeches; Cold War; NOTE: Any continuous 15 minutes of speech, 20:00:05 - 20:45:05 sold at per reel rate.
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