U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and South Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Cao Ky have left Guam after?
MS Johnson walking through large crowd
MCU Sign - "Guam is with you on Vietnam"
MCU Johnson in very large crowd shaking hands
MCU Children looking on carrying American flags
MS Johnson steps out of car, enters Naval HQ in Guam
MLS Conference table with dignitaries seated
MS Ky at conference table
Johnson at table
McNamara at table
Rusk at table
Ky speaking at press conference: SOF - "The presence of...
SOF ends, "..oppression and aggression."
"TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 12: Premier Ky: "...The presence of the thousands of American sons fighting today in Vietnam is something incomparable, is something great. What they are doing now in Vietnam is not just for supporting Johnson Administration or Nguyen Van Thieu, Nguyen Cao Ky Administration. No! What they are doing now in Vietnam is not just fighting and killing men. No! But what they are doing now is really great, great, great. They are helping us to write history; they are helping us to build a new nation; they are helping us to bring a social justice to millions of people who, for many years, 100 years now are suffering from domination, foreign domination, and from oppression and aggression."
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Background: 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: