Richard Nixon

Tuesday, September 13, 1966

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Former Vice President Richard Nixon addresses an enthusiastic audience.

He relates a story about raising money for the Republican Party.

Nixon then moves on to discuss Vietnam. He notes that the government in Hanoi was keeping a close eye on the upcoming United States presidential election. Many references to the "Loyal Opposition." He discusses concepts of patriotism.

Nixon distinguishes the Vietnam war from past wars because in past wars there was a threat and a common enemy all Americans would follow their hearts to support the war. Now, he says, Americans must know why. This war is more complex and difficult than any other.

He discusses the end of the war. From a military stand point Nixon believes that the war will not be brought to an end in less than five years. Also, he says that resigning the war is not in the interest of the United States. He also says that you can only negotiate at the conference table what the enemy believes you can win on the battle field. He talks about Hanoi and those who are Peking oriented versus Soviet oriented.

He goes on to talk about a need for an economic quarantine in North Vietnam.

Concludes with the hope that this era and the Vietnam war will be remembered as America's finest hour.

Questions and answers follow.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72239
Municipal archives id: T3202


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Comprised of both speeches and question-answer sessions, this news program brings together foreign correspondents and public figures from culture and politics.

The Overseas Press Club (1940-1967) contains voices from the past that help us understand their time and place in history. What sets these talks apart from others like them is the presence of a live audience of foreign correspondents — reporters with international perspectives and questions. The resulting sessions have a distinctly different dynamic than would those with an audience of American journalists of the period.

Speakers include the German writer Günter Grass talking about his fascination with American prize fighters; a fiery young LeRoi Jones (later known as Amiri Baraka) telling his audience "where it’s at with Mr. Charlie"; James Farmer on the civil rights movement and where it should be going; David Halberstam on the trials of covering the war in Vietnam; Josephine Baker on the focus of her later years, her adopted children; and Herman Kahn on being pushed to the nuclear edge.  Other notable speakers include the actor Alec Guinness, Richard Nixon, and a gaggle of early female pilots competing in the air race known as the Angel Derby. 

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