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Governor McKeithen on President Johnson's Address to the Nation on Vietnam Deescalation

Brooks Read Collection



Genre: News

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Department of State

Date Issued: 1968-04-1

Duration: 00:02:46

Subjects: McKeithen, John J. (John Julian), 1918-1999 | Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 | Vietnam War


  • McKeithen, John Speaker
  • Read, Brooks Photographer


Press conference with Governor John McKeithen on President Lyndon Johnson's Address to the Nation announcing steps to deescalate the conflict in Vietnam. McKeithen states the President's declaration will have far reaching results in shaping the future of the nation. He says it could eventually lead to a return to isolation, a reversal of foreign policy since the administration of President Franklin Roosevelt. McKeithen says he doesn't see how the United State could deescalate without planning to withdraw, and he mentions Senator McCarthy and Senator Kennedy. McKeithen states that it may be the only choice as the United States isn't getting help from rest of the free world in the stand against communism in Asia. McKeithen states that France is trying to help the communists, England needs more help than it can provide, Europe isn't helping despite depending on the United States to keep Russian communism out of Europe, and in Asia Japan hasn't been any help.