Troops drawn from all units of the American armed forces lined the White House drive Dec. 6 when President-elect Kennedy arrived for transitional talks with President Eisenhower, who met him at the front door.
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LV Troops present arms
CU Airforce soldier at present
CU Sailor ditto
SV Ike waits on steps, PAN to Kennedy's car arrives
SV Press etc. on steps
SV Ike greets Kennedy
SV Above walk into White House
CU Presidential crest
SV INT..Ike and Kennedy conferring
CU PAN ..DITTO
SV Cameramen filming
SV Ike and Kennedy shake hands
LV Kennedy leaves White House amidst reporters waiting
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CU SOF...Reporter: "Mr. Kennedy do you plan another meeting.....Kennedy:..."and at any time that he could usefully be so."
LV Kennedy's car leaves White House
TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: "Mr Kennedy do you plant another meeting with the President before Inauguration Day?"
ANSWER: "The President has stated that he will be delighted to confer with me at any time that I thought it would be helpful, and I may well avail myself of that offer.
Q. "Mr Kennedy do you feel that this meeting will help you in assuming this office here?"
A. "That's right, the President discussed the problems of transition and he also discussed some of the problems that the United States faces in the world around us.
Q. "You found the meeting was generally most helpful to you?"
A. "The President has been extremely helpful he has been very careful in the arrangements he has made to make it easier for the new administration which will assume responsibilities. He has gone to great pains. They have given us every cooperation and the meeting this morning was an extension of that cooperation. I want to stress my thanks to him. In addition, the President has stated that he will always be glad to be of service to the country at any time that he could usefully be so."
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Background: Troops drawn from all units of the American armed forces lined the White House drive Dec. 6 when President-elect Kennedy arrived for transitional talks with President Eisenhower, who met him at the front door.
The encounter between the oldest US President and the youngest President-elect, lasted for nearly three and a half hours. After one and a half hours private talks, the two men called in Secretary of State Herter; Defence Secretary Cates; Treasury Secretary Anderson; General Persons; President Eisenhower's assistant; and Mr. Clark Clifford whom Mr. Kennedy appointed to liaison with the outgoing administration.
A joint statement issued afterwards said "We have had an informal personal meeting on continuing problems, particularly in the international arena, that confront and will continue to confront the Chief Executive of our nation. "It went on to say that other subjects throughout the world; American balance of payments and the position of American dollars; national security; and the White House staff Machinery. It ended with: "The Government of the United States has and will continues to seek peace with justice in freedom for all peoples."
Answering reporters questions as he came out, Mr. Kennedy was asked: