President Richard M. Nixon left Washington, D.C. Sunday (23 February) for a week-long tour of?
President Nixon and family leave helicopter; President walks to rostrum; Nixon speaks; Nixon and family get on plane "Air Force One; plane starts take off.
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Background: President Richard M. Nixon left Washington, D.C. Sunday (23 February) for a week-long tour of western Europe which will include meetings with Pope Paul VI, heads of government, and ordinary citizens.
The President and his family travelled by helicopter from the White House to Andrews Air Base, just outside Washington. Before boarding the plane, "Air Force One", Nixon shook hands with important American officials and diplomats of the countries he will visit.
His tour will take Nixon and his party to Britain, Germany, Belgium, Italy and France, and the Vatican.
At the plane, Nixon said he did not fear hostile demonstrations and described the purpose of his trip this way:
"It is a trip, I wish to emphasize, which is not intended to, and will not, settle all of the problems we have in the world. The problems we face are too complex and too difficult to be settled by what I would call "showboat diplomacy". On the other hand, before we can make progress with the problems of which we have differences with our components, it is necessary to consult our friends."