U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and South Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Cao Ky have left Guam after?
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and South Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Cao Ky have left Guam after their two-day conference on the future of the war and the pacification programme in South Vietnam.
President Johnson called the session a "constructive two days" of strategy talks that persuaded both United States and South Vietnamese officials that the war was now going better in most respects.
President Johnson was mobbed by a large crowd of friendly people of Guam when he arrived for the conference Monday (20 March).
The President strode into the crowd at Anderson Air Force Base on Guam and shook as many hands as he could reach, almost as if he had been on a political tour. The citizens of Guam are United States citizens but do not have a vote in national elections.
The President drove past small crowds of people on his way to the conference site, the U.S. Navy Command Headquarters for the Marianas Islands on Nimitz Hill.
The actual working sessions were held in the conference room of the Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Horace Bird. Top U.S. and Vietnamese officials were on hand for the sessions, including Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Ambassador at Large Averell Harriman, Premier Nguyen Cao Ky, Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Thieu, the South Vietnamese Chief of State.
On Tuesday, before leaving for Saigon, Premier Ky held a news conference in which he made an impassioned plea on behalf of the war. Here is a portion of what he said as it appears in sound on our film: