President Johnson turned on the lights of the American national Christmas tree in Washington last (Friday) night.
President Johnson, Mr. Wilson and wives walking onto podium: President and Mrs. Johnson taking their seats: Mr. Wilson and Mrs. Johnson together: President Johnson beginning his speech.
TRANSCRIPT: PRESIDENT JOHNSON: "Our poet, Emerson, once wrote that the god of history is one-handed but peace gives victory to both sides. So, in the name of the people who seek peace with their brothers on this earth that we may be the children of Our Father Which is in Heaven, for He make His sun to rise upon the evil and on the good sends His rain on the just and the unjust, I turn on the lights of this tree and pray that the Spirit that we revere this evening may illuminate the heart of every man on earth."
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Background: President Johnson turned on the lights of the American national Christmas tree in Washington last (Friday) night. Among those on the official podium were visiting British Prime Minister Mr. Harold Wilson and Mrs. Wilson. Festooned with thousands of lights, the tree is a 100 year old spruce from Arizona and stands 80 feet high. White Mountain Apache Indians from Arizona gave it as a Christmas gift to the nation.