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Reel Number: H2027-04-P4
Color: Black and White
Year / Date: 1961
TC Begins: 19:56:11
TC Ends: 20:00:35
1961 - Speech, President Kennedy: Special Message To Congress, TRACK ONLY R2 of 2 Pt. 4 of 4 Continued... A third asset is our desire for peace. It is sincere, & I believe the world knows it. We are proving it in our patience at the test-ban table, & we are proving it in the UN where our efforts have been directed to maintaining that organization's usefulness as a protector of the independence of small nations. (applause) In these and other instances, the response of our opponents has not been encouraging. 19:56:43 Yet it is important to know that our patience at the bargaining table is nearly inexhaustible, though our credulity is limited-that our hopes for peace are unfailing, while our determination to protect our security is resolute. For these reasons I have long thought it wise to meet w/ the Soviet Premier for a personal exchange of views. A meeting in Vienna turned out to be convenient for us both; & the Austrian government has kindly made us welcome. No formal agenda is planned & no negotiations will be undertaken; but we will make clear America's enduring concern is for both peace and freedom (applause) --that we are anxious to live in harmony w/ the Russian people-that we seek no conquests, no satellites, no riches--that we seek only the day when "nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (applause) 19:58:07 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--& I want that image, & I know you do, to be affirmative and positive (applause). And, finally, to practice democracy at home, in all States, w/ all races, to respect each other & to protect the Constitutional rights of all citizens. (applause) 19:59:50 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-& you in the Congress have responded to your duty--& I feel confident in asking today for a similar response to these new & larger demands. It is heartening to know, as I journey abroad, that our country is united in its commitment to freedom-& is ready to do its duty. (applause) 20:00:35 Cannot be sold. 25May61; Presidential Speeches; Cold War; NOTE: Any continuous ten minutes of 19:42:15 - 20:00:35 sold at per reel rate.
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