All in small groups and in large ones and individuals all over Europe th the sense of of grief and and and heartbreak was expressed. President uh Charles de Gaulle said that President Kennedy died like a soldier under fire for his duty and in the service of his country. De Gaulle went on– In the name of the French people ever the friend of the American people I salute this great example and this great memory.
Other European leaders joined in similar tribute.
In this country President former President Harry S. Truman who himself succeeded to the Presidency on the death of President Roosevelt and who himself was an intended victim of assassins bullets 13 years ago, President Truman was too stricken by the news of President Kennedy’s assassination to comment immediately but Mrs. Truman said that the former President would issue a statement later. Truman was at his home in Independence when he heard the news of President Kennedy’s death.
Richard Nixon who ran against President Kennedy for the Presidency of the United States said the assassination of the President is a terrible tragedy for the nation. Mrs. Nixon and I have sent a personal message expressing our deepest sympathy to the members of the family in this hour of sorrow.
In Washington the nations leaders of both parties express their grief and sorrow. For that report we go now to Neil Strauser in Washington:
We now have film of the reaction of the Democratic and the Republican leaders of the Senate. Democrat Mike Mansfield and Republican Everitt Dirkson met newsmen together in a show of bi-partison sorrow at the death of our Chief of State. We hear first from Senator Dirkson:
There are some things that are simply incredible and leave one absolutely speechless. This is one of them. I knew John Fitzgerald Kennedy as a Representative, as a Senator, and as a President for 14 years or more and my last visit with him was on Tuesday morning of this week. I went early to present him with a turkey from the Turkey Growers Association. He was so amiable so affable so agreeable and he looked in the very pink of condition notwithstanding a rather rugged tour in the state of Florida.The thing that stuck in my mind most when suddenly he shouted to a lot of school children and to those managing this live turkey – Don’t take the turkey away until the children have had a chance to come up and see it. We visited about many things. politics. bills pending in Congress, the future 19 hundred and sixty four and everything that one can encompass within a half hour visit and suddenly comes this mortal blow that strikes him cold and dead. I say its an incredible thing and uh my heart goes out to the family and that I’m a little frankly I’m a little bewildered by this turn of events as I know the nation and the whole wide world will be. So first my sincere sympathy to the entire Kennedy family and in the language of the Chaplain as we had a prayer in the hope that transfusion might infuse recovery that uh the nation still stands and the nation will live.
And the Majority Leader of the Senate Mike Mansfield:
The passing of John Fitzgerald Kennedy is not only a tragedy for the nation which he so ably represented but is I think also a mark upon the respectability and the responsibility of some of our citizens. This good, this decent, this kindly man, this harassed man who had so much on his shoulders and received from some people so little in the way of support in return this man has now gone to his reward. And I will miss him as a personal friend. The nation will miss him as a great President. And the world will miss him as a great leader. One of the fondest memories I can recall is the cooperation and the support which the distinguished Senator from Illinois Mr. Dirkson the Minority Leader of the Senate gave to the President of the United States, a Democrat, time and time again when the interest of the nation were at stake. And I know how grateful he was to you for the many contributions you made and I’m just as grateful and the nation is too. Words are words are useless too express one’s true feelings at a moment like this.
Dirkson and Mansfield
In this time of tragedy there are no political differences. Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, the Republican many thought might be opposing President Kennedy the late President Kennedy in 1964 has issued this statement through his Washington office – It is both shocking and dreadful that a thing like this could happen in a free country. The President’s death is a profound loss to the nation and the free world. He and I were personal friends. It is also a great loss to me. Mrs. Goldwater and I offer our heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Kennedy and to the President’s family.
As for members of the Presidents family Paul Niven reports from the Attorney General Robert Kennedys home in McCLean that the Attorney General learned of the shooting while he was at lunch with Robert Mar Morganthall the unsuccessful candidate for Governor last year in New York.
Attorney General Kennedy was told by J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI a priest later visited the house and another visitor was CIA’s chief John McCone
both of them walked in the garden for several minutes.
WAS J. EDGAR HOOVER A PRIEST or did a priest later visit the house?
It makes sense to me that J. Edgar Hoover was a priest!
Mrs. Ethyl Kennedy left home briefly to get the children probably from school. When they returned the Attorney General met them at the door and gathered one of his daughters into his arms. There has been no statement from the Attorney General. Local Police are protecting the home.
Caroline Kennedy who observes her 6th birthday anniversary next Wednesday and her brother John Jr who observes his 3rd on Monday were in the White House today when their father was assassinated in Dallas Texas. It is believed that their mother Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy was faced with the task of telling them what happened. She of course is returning on the plane with the Presidents body. Will be back in Washington later tonight.
The President’s youngest brother Senator Edward Kennedy first heard about the shooting on the Senate floor while he was presiding over the Senate. We now have films of Senator Kennedy as he arrived at Andrews Air Force Base and boarded the jet flying to Hyannis Port Maryland to be with the Presidents ailing father the late Presidents ailing father Joseph Kennedy and Mrs. Rose Kennedy.
And thats the story as we have it at this time in Washington. This is Neil Strauuser reporting.
As silent and weeping crowds gather outside the White House in Washington summoned by the tragedy the flag at the White House flies at half mast. It was lowered within moments after word of the Presidents death was received. We have reports from all over this country all over the world of the shock at what transpired in Dallas Texas this morning.
New Yorks Governor Nelson Rockerfeller a would be opponent of President Kennedy and the election in 1964 has called President Kennedys death a shock and a terrible tragedy. Rockerfeller immediately canceled a political trip which he was to have made to New Hampshire where he is taking part in the Primary Campaign in that state which had been scheduled to begin on Sunday. Governor Rockerfeller has ordered that the flags on all New York State buildings be lowered to half staff for the next 30 days. Rockerfeller has ordered that all public state ceremonies scheduled within the next few days to be cancelled.
More bulletins come in from Dallas Texan Texas as they have been all afternoon uh talking about the efforts to apprehend the assassin. Police today seized one man Lee H. Oswald wh who whom you probably already heard. He is identified as Chairman of a Fair Play for Cuba Committee and is regarded at least as far as we know as the prime suspect in the assassination of President Kennedy.
Such as the nature of the American system for the Presidential succession that shortly after President Kennedy’s death was announced Vice President Johnson was sworn-in in an impromptu ceremony in the Executive Cabin of the Presidential Plane the very plane that had carried President Kennedy to Dallas this morning. The new Chief Executive was took the Oath of Office at 2:39 PM w uh Central Time, that’s Dallas Time thats 3:39 PM Eastern Time and for the first time in history the Oath was administered by a woman US District Judge Sara T Hughes/ (10:10-12:11/10:31)tongue
Johnson was sworn in on the Air Force Number One the Presidential Plane and he then flew on to Washington. He’s now en route airborne to Washington to take up the duties of Chief Executive of the United States duties which cannot wait upon sorrow or tragedy. END
Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Johnson were both present at the swearing in of President Johnson so were several Congressmen, White House Staff members who accompanied the Presidential trip. Johnson asked as many of the White House people who were there as possible to crowd into the plane to witness the ceremony. Judge Hughes wept as she administered the traditional Presidential Oath to President Johnson, and then the plane took off immediately for Washington with Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Kennedy and some White House Aides aboard. Mr. Kennedy’s body is following on another plane.
Vice President Johnson is a figure who has not been without controversy (and/in?) our system. He himself had uh tried for the Presidency in 1960 accepted the Vice Presidency when it wa the Vice Presidential nomination when it was offered to him by President Kennedy and has been a loyal aide in the last 3 years to President Kennedy submerging his own ambitions and in many uh ways his own personality to help the President carry on the programs to which he was pledged.
Many statements are coming in from all over the world, an eloquent one from France by General De Gaulle who said that in soldierly language that President Kennedy had died like a soldier uh by fire in the battle which he waged.
Here is a statement which has just come in from Jay Erwin Miller President of the National Council of Churches (licks 1:48/10:51)
and uh (camera switches to Parkland Hospital 1:54/10:51)
We have a report now which uh has to do with uh w uh a news conference at Parkland Hospital a report on the condition of Governor John Connally of Texas so we switch to pla
(film shows doctors and newsmen but is inaudible because of room noise and confusion)
The scene is the Parkland Hospital at Dallas Texas. This is Dan Rather of CBS News. The man you are seeing here is the doctor who has been attending Texas Governor John Connally.
–I’m Dr. Robert R. Shaw Professor of Thoracic Surgery at Southwestern Medical School. /blink 2:47/10:51Because of this position I accepted the responsibility of taking care of Governor Connally for the
interrupted, long pause, nods and smiles./ 3:14/10:51
I’m Dr. Robert R. Shaw Professor of Thoracic Surgery at Southwestern Medical School. Because of my position I accepted the responsibility of taking care of Governor Connally uh following his injury. I want to say at the outset that the condition of the Governor is quite satisfactory in view of the injury that he has sustained. He seems to have been struck by just one bullet which entered the right posterior chest close to the shoulder blade and coursed downward along the chest wall taking out and fragmenting a portion of the fifth rib on the right. The bullet then emerged from the chest evidently struck his right wrist fracturing the lower portion of the right radius and then entered the left thigh where it was spent. The thigh wound is trivial. The fracture of the radius should heal without difficulty or without further disability. Our major problem was the sucking wound of the right chest wall because in making the wound of the chest the fragments of the fifth rib became what we refer to as secondary missiles and these caused a considerable amount of tissue damage in the point where the missile emerged from the chest. When the wound had been enlarged in order to remove damaged tissue the lung could be expect inspected, it was found that there was a tear in the middle lobe of the lung which had to be repaired. There was also a small hole in the lower lobe undoubtedly due to a small rib fragment this was of no consequence. The major problem was a matter of completely controlling all bleeding points removing all damaged muscle and tissue and then securing a tight closure of the chest wall so that the right lung could be re-expanded. The Governor’s condition was good during all of this. He was perfectly lucid before anesthesia was started. And from what we know about his injury and his condition at the present time we have no reason to believe that he wont completely recover without significant disability of any sort. Someone asks or says something to him on stage 6:24/10:51 Large Pause.
-someone asks question How long do you feel that inaudible Connally the Governor will be required to stay in the hospital here in Parkland? I think this is what the guy asked!
The length of time he will be in the hospital will be determined more by the clearing of the bruise to the right lung and I would estimate that this would be in the neighborhood of 10 to 14 days. This doesn’t mean that this injury will be completely clear by this time but at least we should have a good idea as to the trend of the clearing.
-Another question inaudible
Pardon? The the trend of the clearing uh whether it is clearing or not.
-Another question inaudible
We didn’t mention the President to Governor Connally.
-Another inaudible question
-Long Pause and another inaudible question
No. They are now uh taking care of the compound fracture of the right radius. As soon as that is is finished (rubs left eye with left hand) he will be taken to the recovery room where he will be carefully watched until he has regained all of his vital signs. Now his vital signs are good now but we like to observe them for a period of time. This is a routine measure until blood pressure is stable respirations are satisfactory and until the Governor is uh fully recovered from the anesthesia, in other words, he’s fully conscious responding rationally to questions.
-Another inaudible question
Uh this is being taken care of. The bullet is in the leg. It hasn’t been removed. This is a very insignificant factor though. It will be removed.
-The right leg?
Left thigh, but there’s no significant injury to the left thigh.
-When will it be removed?
Before he goes to the Recovery Room.
-Another inaudible question
I think it would be advisable
-Another inaudible question
No this is uh really a reconstruction of what must have happened but assuming of course uh we know that the government the Governor was in the sitting position.
We speculate that his arm were perhaps about in this position 9:03/10:51
and that it fractured his arm here 9:05/10:51and then went on with him sitting into his left thigh. This is a matter of trying to reconstruct the trajectory of the bullet. He was shot from above and he was in the sitting position so we feel that this is all one bullet that uh
-someone interrupts inaudible
-another inaudible question
Yes the lung was collapsed however don’t stress that point. The lung could be easily re-expanded. Its like a balloon you can let it down and blow it up again.
-another question but he turns back to same guy who asks something inaudible about the lung
The lung is now re-expanded.
-another question about the large quantity of blood
We felt that the Governor had lost approximately 1500 CC’s of blood. We counted in units 500 CC’s to a unit and this is what has been given back to him.
-another inaudible question
Quart and a half.
-Sir, we missed the early part of your uh diagnosis and your expla….. inaudible.
Someone else says: Lets wait please sir till the other questions are finished. Any other questions?
-What are the.….inaudible
and film cuts to Dan Rather in studio
This is Dan Rather in Dallas Texas. What you have been watching is the official briefing from the doctor at Dallas’s Parkland Hospital who has been attending shot Texas Governor John Connally. As you heard Governor Connally is in serious but not critical condition. Back now to CBS News glitch quarters in New York.
As they did as you have heard for Governor Connally of Texas the doctors did all they could for President Kennedy. Oxygen, blood transfusions, an operation to ease his breathing, but as you know there was really nothing that they could do for the President. The President’s body, President Kennedy’s body will Lie in State at the White House tomorrow according to the Speaker of the House John McCormick. All day tomorrow the President’s body will Lie in State. McCormack says that he thinks the body will then be taken to the Capitol on Sunday to remain in the Great Rotunda of the Capitol until about noon on Monday. Further plans are indefinite but its understood that the actual funeral services are going to be held in Boston after the Lying in State at Washington. Traditionally Presidents who die in Office have Lain in State at the Rotunda. Pentagon officials expect the funeral to be a full-dress-state-ceremony and preparations are now going ahead on that assumption. Officials of the military district of Washington said that the President’s family will determine the timing and the scope of the ceremony which now will be held or its believed will be held that they will wish to have held in Boston rather than Washington. All this planning of course is tentative uh the President Kennedy’s body is still en route by air in Dallas where he was slain by an assassin today. Also aboard the Presidential Plane with the body were Mrs. Kennedy the new President Lyndon B. Johnson and Mrs. Johnson. The plane is due at Andrews Air Force Base at 6:05 PM Eastern Standard Time. A well informed source said that first the President’s body would be taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital tonight and the Lying in State uh would begin tomorrow at the White House and then at the Capitol. President Johnson will go to the White House. As you may have heard former President Eisenhower has issued a statement on the death of President Kennedy. The film has just arrived and here is
-I share the sense of shock and dismay that the entire nation must feel at the
despicable act that took the life of the nation’s President. On the personal side, Mrs. Eisenhower and I share the grief that Mrs. Kennedy must now feel and we send to her our frair prayerful thoughts and sympathetic sentiments at this, in this hour.
-General how would you counsel the American people at this time?
In the face of such a terrible thing I’m sure the entire citizenry of the nation will join as one man in expressing that not only their grief but their indi indignation at this act and will stand faithfully behind the government.
-General could you tell us how you got the word?
I was at a meeting uh uh for the United Nations. And uh while there a member of the meeting was called out and they came back and told us the news. Although, at that time, uh uh we did not know the President was dead. We did not know when I got back here that time that he was dead. But, um. As a matter of fact we had a the last message we had was one rather of hope. And the entire company uh merely paused for a minute that they could request of the chairman and each of us in his own way said a silent prayer for the President.
-Should there be any concern sir over National Security at a time like this?
No, I think the whole nation now would be uh almost all of us security agents.
-Will the nation be alright now in the few months ahead?
Oh, Im not going to predict anything of that, I just say this: the American nation is a people of great common sense and they are not going to be stampeded or bewildered.
-Mr. President…I just
-History has uh had assassinations uh affected political course of events? A bit hard to understand the question I may have it wrong
Well, of course, in Lincoln’s uh uh assassination (you will the uh garbled) the Presidency went to a man who was a registered Democrat, uh Mr. Johnson. In Garfield, I doubt that there was any. And, of course, McKinnley that brought in uh uh Theodore Roosevelt. Of course, there have been other attempts in late years: uh Mr. Cooman was at a grain/grave? threat toward to his life and Mr. Roosevelt just before he was inaugurated, you remember, down at the when the Mayor of Surmac was killed – was uh ran a very grave uh risk. They these things have happened and and and and it seems explicable to me because Americans are loyal. And it’s just is uh occasional psychopathic sort of uh uh accident that occurs and I I don’t know what we can do about it.
Who the heck is he talking about?
If anyone knows please send a note in regards to Mr. Cooman. I have no idea what or who he is talking about:)
-Could you say anything General about how people will feel abroad from all your experience with your United Nations and others. How will it be taken abroad?
Well, I think they will be uh a bit bewildered. This um in a civilized countries of the world, this doesn’t happen so often. And uh, you remember, in the starting of WWI the um murder of the Arch Duke Ferdinand, I think his name was. Why this in itself almost uh well this one of the contributory causes to uh that war. And uh but here, I I just don’t know what happens. And it. But we are a nation that where our freedoms are allowed or are observed in such a way that everybody is uh ready to. I mean everybody is uh you might say capable of doing this if he’s ready to put his own life on the line.
Whew!!!!!!!!!!!!!That last statement is quite fragmented and it just does not make sense, but maybe someone else can figure it out and I don’t really understand what he is saying.
-General how will you spend the rest of today and tomorrow?
-How will you spend the rest of today and then tomorrow? this question was also a bit garbled so not sure of the accuracy but close enough
Obviously, President Eisenhower is visibly upset and is having a hard time expressing himself. I have to say that the questions are a bit stupid IMO
I exp. I have cancelled the dinner date that I had for tonight. Tomorrow, I’m going immediately to my home and if I am wanted for any purpose whatsoever, I will of course be available.
-Do you have any advise for the American people at this time sir?
No, as I said I know the American people will stand solid and they will not be uh stampeded.
-Thank you Mr. President. Thank you.
I think “the word” the press is mockingly referring to is the “benediction” given in Dallas at the Trade Mart after the President was assassinated establishing some sort of power over the people and our government. I think that is pretty evident by the members of the entourage at the airport and their affiliation with the Benedictine order. I believe they made a pledge to make our country heel like dogs partially in revenge for our success in WWll and the bombing of Monte Cassino their Benedictine monastery by our forces and I believe Eisenhower was President or the commanding General that was involved with that particular offensive in WWll at that particular time. Something about that monastery seemed extremely important considering the damage done in WWll to other locations and people. I wonder what was in that location that they were protecting. Please read:
“This brings us to Benedict and Rome today. Readers will be well aware of the Vatican’s efforts after World War II to dominate Europe through the Treaty of Rome. This strategy was spearheaded by the “St Benedict for first European” campaign conceived during World War II. Pius XII may have been silent about the holocaust but he certainly made waves when one of Benedict’s early monasteries, Monte Cassino, was bombed by the allies. Churchill, unworried, correctly observed, “the enemy fortifications were hardly separate from the building itself”. But Pius castigated it as an “atrocity bombing”. He and his two successors, John XXIII and Paul VI, all vowed to use Benedict’s European credentials to bring the continent to heel.”
Maybe the secret weapon for
the EU was a drug.
Jackie and President Kennedy visited Columbia where the drug grows.
Jackie’s second husband was a shipping tycoon. Sea sickness drugs are made from the same plant. Anyway her licking towards the flowers at the table the morning of the assassination seems to be indicating they were drugged.
CBS News will continue its live coverage throughout this evening. We’ll be back in 30 seconds after a pause for our stations to identify themselves.
We continue now our reports on the aftermath of President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas Texas. CBS News White House Correspondent Robert Pierpoint was with the Presidential party in Dallas and we switch to Mr. Pierpoint now with Dan Rather at Station KRLD TV in Dallas:
CBS News White House Correspondent Bob Pierpoint has just returned from Parkland Hospital after taking part in the motorcade in which President Kennedy was shot and going immediately to Parkland Hospital one of the first reporters on the scene. Bob I know that you have taken copious notes on the whole day so why don’t we begin at the very beginning when the Kennedys arrived in Dallas this morning.
-Well Dan uh I would like to use my notebook to refer to because theres so many impressions, tragic ideas, and thoughts going through my mind and uh I think I need to refer to this. But I would like to make the point first of all that this day has a terrible ironic quality about it all the way through as you look back on it. The Presidents arrival here in Dallas was uh so warm and so friendly. Everything seemed to be going so well. He and Mrs. Kennedy had gotten off to a good start in Fort Worth this morning. The President had spoken to a crowd outside his hotel. He was in a very good mood and humor and uh uh as we came into Dallas we had of course expected that there might be some protest signs some signs against the President but uh the crowd generally was larger than we had expected and uh friendly and enthusiastic. Everything seemed to be going very well (licks 9:17/10:14) and we went down the main street of Dallas I think it’s even called Main Street. Tremendous crowds along the sidewalk cheering and waving flags and shouting (licks 9:27/10:14) and then as we turned the corner to go by a small park right on the edge of town uh we heard three shots. We heard the explosions. We didn’t know what they were. (swipes a big lick 9:41/10:14) and suddenly the motorcade slowed a little and then the President’s car picked up speed very quickly and disappeared. And of course I think all of us at that moment feared something but we didn’t even dare express it (licks 9:56/10:14). So I would like now to switch to a description uh that I took notes from on uh Mrs. Connally the Governor of Texas wife who was sitting in the same car with the President and with her husband and with Mrs. Kennedy at the moment that the shots were fired. (licks)
The President’s car was just going under an underpass about to turn onto a freeway/00:16/10:18 and Mrs. Connally says that she was discussing with the President what a warm welcome the Kennedys were receiving which is one of the terribly ironic things about this this whole tragedy. She says that she had just s said to the President You can’t say Dallas is not friendly to you today and she heard a shot fired (licks 00:40/10:18) and she feels that that first shot was the one that struck the President. Now all the indications we have are that the President never felt a thing. That from that shot which entered his throat (licks 0:53/10:18) and probably came out of the other side the back of his head. From that moment he was unconscious until he died. Um Mrs. Connally says that immediately (licks 1:05/10:18) her husband who was sitting just in front of the President on the right side of the car in the jump seat turned and uh (licks 1:14/10:18) as soon as he turned to the President he himself was also hit. Uh Mrs Kennedy grabbed hold of the President and Mrs. Connally grabbed her husband (licks 1:27/10:18) and she does not, Mrs. Connally does not recall that the President said anything, nor does anyone else from that moment on. (licks 1:36/10:18) Mrs. Connally says that immediately a Secret Service man in the front of the car next to the driver grabbed the telephone and said let’s go straight to the hospital and at that moment, of course, the President’s car sped off and left the motorcade hit speeds of 50 to 60 miles an hour to the Parkland Memorial Hospital which was just a few blocks away. (licks 1:57/10:18) Now at the hospital itself uh there were some eyewitness reports to the Presidents arrival there. By the time the car reached the hospital the President was lying on the back seat of the car with uh Mrs. Kennedy uh had his head creduled cradled in her lap and uh (swipes a big lick 2:17/10:18) the eyewitnesses say they did not were not able to see the President’s face but they did see blood, of course, all over the front of his suit his chest. And he was at that time completely motionless. He was lifted out of the car and placed on a rolling table and uh rolled into the Emergency Ward of the hospital with Mrs. Kennedy walking along beside him. A short while after that I arrived at the hospital where (licks 2:47/10:18) uh uh of course doctors and nurses and Secret Service agents and Police were all hurrying back and forth. Everyone showing strain uh a great deal of uh worried whispering outside the room where the President was being operated on. As we’ve heard later 8 to 10 doctors actually worked frantically to to try and save the President but apparently (licks 3:13/10:18) there was very little hope uh from the time he arrived at the hospital. Uh about uh one o’clock rumors began to spread that the President had died. We were not able to confirm this. Uh two priests did go in (licks 3:29/10:18) and I talked to them as they emerged from the room where the President was and and uh they said that they had administered the last rites. I said, “Is he still alive?” And the priest said only his condition is critical. (licks 3:42/10:18) So at that time I do not know whether he was dead yet. But uh there were other indications. For instance, Senator Yarborough of Texas who had been with the party (licks 3:53/10:18) told me that he he felt the situation was extremely serious and and then he began to break down and I asked him if the President was still alive and he said I just don’t know.
Um a short while later the Assistant uh Press Secretary Mr. Kildoff came out and said that he had an announcement for us. Uh we gathered and he told us at 1 PM the President had died of a gun shot wound. Um (licks 4:22/10:18) from that moment, of course, officially interest had to turn to Vice President Lyndon Johnson. And uh a short time after that Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, President and Mrs. Johnson hurried out of the Emergency Ward of the hospital (swipes a big lick 4:38/10:18) surrounded by Secret Service man, uh were rushed into a car and off to the airport. About uh 15 minutes after that uh a bronze casket was brought into the Emergency Ward of the hospital (licks 4:53/10:18) and uh while waited a white ambulance drove up.
I saw the Presidents secretary that is the d d dead President President Kennedy’s Secretary Mrs. Evelyn Lincoln standing out there by the white ambulance and, of course, she looked like she was in a state of shock as I think all of us were at that time. (licks 5:13/10:18) Uh I saw Mrs Kennedy’s Press Secretary Pamela Turner face very drawn and pale as they waited for the casket to be brought out. At uh I would estimate about uh 1:40 (licks 5:28/10:18) uh the bronze casket was borne out. Uh uh it was a a large crowd of officials around it: Secret Service agents. I I caught sight of General Clifton, the President’s Military Aide (licks 5:40/10:18) carrying one corner of the casket. And I saw Mrs. Kennedy um going walking along beside it. And uh they rushed it out to the airport. It was put on Air Force One, the President’s plane where the swearing-in ceremonies were held for the Vice President who is now President Johnson. And they departed, the casket, Mrs. Kennedy, and the new President of the United States for Washington. This is Robert Pierpoint in Dallas and now back to CBS News in New York.
These are the fragments of history as they begin to be assembled on this day of historic tragedy. We here at CBS News have been on the air continuously since the first announcement. We will continue to stay on the air.
This is a special announcement by Frank Stanton President of the Columbia Broadcasting System: (licks 6:34/10:18) In respect for the feelings of a shocked nation The CBS Television Network and the CBS Radio Network will carry no commercial announcements and no entertainment programs until after the President’s funeral. CBS will continue to bring all the news relating to this tragic event: memorials and special broadcasts and all other news of importance throughout this period. A statement by the President of the Columbia Broadcasting System.
Similarly, in Britain both the BBC and the Commercial Television Network there have suspended all their broadcasts and are playing funeral music in tribute to the late President Kennedy.
There have been many developments, great and small, all over the country and all over the world. There have been statements with which we can’t keep up by so many people from the heads of nations to small people in every country in the world. In the United States, the major Stock Exchanges of the nation shut down today minutes after the fatal shooting of the President. Stock prices on the New York Stock Exchange took their worst tumble since the so-called Black Monday in May of 1962. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 21.16 points to 711.49 Now, thats in Black Monday in the May of 1962 it fell 34 points. The Yale Harvard Football Game has been cancelled. A statement by, a joint statement by the President of Harvard Mr. Puucy and the President of Yale announced the cancellation of the traditional Yale-Harvard Football Game.
-Hold that shot (in background)
This is St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City where a Memorial Mass has been said for President Kennedy.
We have many statements from (licks 8:51/10:18) all over the nation. Many things have happened. I’ve just announced the cancellation of the Yale Harvard Football Game at Madison Square Garden. Uh the cancellation has been announced of a Prize Fight between Allen Thomas and Johnny Pursall because of the, of the Presidents death. Roosevelt Raceway in Long Island has cancelled its Harness Racing card. The border between the United States and Mexico (licks 9:19/10:18) was sealed immediately after the assassination of President Kennedy uh by US authorities probably to forestall any possible escape by the uh assassin of the President from Dallas Texas. In London a group of 61 New York bound airline passengers, almost all of them Americans, were about to board their plane when somebody cried that the President was dead. “Who said that?” shouted a middle-aged woman. The passengers reacted with shock, disbelief, as they did in so many other places. (licks 9:53/10:18) Uh Americans caught in strange parts of the world learning of of of the death of the President. In Rome, in Vatican City, Pope Paul the 6th prayed tonight for the soul of the President. The Pope received the news only a few moments after the President had died. President Kennedy, of course, was received an audience by the Pope in June during a visit he made to uh Italy.
-The tragedy of this day is beyond instant comprehension. All of us who knew him will bear the grief of his death to the day of ours. And all men everywhere who love peace and freedom and justice will bow their heads. At such a moment we can only turn to prayer. Prayer to comfort our grief, to sustain Mrs. Kennedy and his family, to strengthen President Johnson, and to guide us in the time to come. May God help us.
There has been much eloquence in reaction to the death of the President and much inarticulate grief expressed by simple people throughout the world. Statements by important people continue to come in to us. One by Governor George Romney of Michigan which was issued in Omaha, Nebraska where hes attending the Governors Conference. The Presidents assassination is a horrible immeasurable shock and a national tragedy. It is imperative said Governor Romney that the assassin or assassins and any influence behind them or associated with them be identified. Upon behalf of all Michigan citizens I extend our heartfelt grief and sympathy to the President’s family. Let us unite said the Republican Governor or Michigan behind our new President and give him loyal support. Our grief should renew our dedication to serve our country. (licks 1:57/10:06)
White House sources say that President Kennedy’s body will be taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital when it arrives in Washington shortly after 6:00 o’clock tonight Eastern Standard Time. (licks 2:06/10:06) Vice President or the habit is still strong with all of us. (because he called him Vice instead of Pres.) The new President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, will go directly to the White House from Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland.
A statement come to us by Jay Erwin Miller, President of the National Council of Churches:
It begins. This young man our President rests now in the care of his Heavenly Father. He came to responsibility in a time of difficulty and peril and he lead the nation with courage and dignity. (licks 2:42/10:06)
I should repeat to you a statement about the (licks 2:46/10:06) intentions of this broadcasting network made by Frank Stanton President of the Columbia Broadcasting System: In respect for the feelings of a shocked nation (licks 2:59/10:06) the CBS Television Network and the CBS Radio Network will carry no commercial announcements and no entertainment programs until after the President’s funeral. CBS will continue to bring all the news relating to this tragic event: memorials and special broadcasts and all other news of importance throughout this period. (licks 3:20/10:06)
As the first shock reaction to the President’s death begins to be absorbed people are (licks 3:36/10:06) trying to access not only the influence of this tragic event on the affairs of our nation and the world but to make an assessment of President Kennedy’s role. An assessment of President Kennedy’s role as an international figure now from Marvin Kalb in Washington:
– Charles, possibly we might start that assessment by pointing out that the chief adversary of the President, the Russians Nikita Kruschev to be quite specific. They’re 8 hours behind us in time and it was quite late in the evening when the news of the President’s assassination reached Moscow. I suppose that millions of Russian families were seated in their living rooms and their dining rooms, watching television when suddenly there was a most unusual thing on Moscow television: a bulletin from Tass the Soviet News Agency all the way from New York. It said that an attempt had been made on Mr. Kennedy’s life. And Tass said: by persons believed to be among extreme right wing elements. Within the hour Tass came back with another bulletin that Mr. Kennedy was dead.
No one knows exactly where Nikita Kruschev is at the moment. A few days ago we know that he was in Kiev and he met there with the Danish Prime Minister. (licks 4:53/10:08) We can be reasonably sure that there’s one major topic on his mind just as on the minds of most people at the State Department today, tonight, and probably throughout the weekend: What affect will the President’s death have upon East-West Relations? People at the State Department asked that question today and it’s all too soon to come up with any kind of an answer. It’s hard to gauge what their reaction is going to be and what the reaction of the Soviet Union is going to be. Officially undoubtedly from the Kremlin and from Nikita Kruschev, as Prime Minister of the Soviet Union, there will be expressions of regret. Probably from Nikita Kruschev the expressions of sincere regret because since the Bay of Pigs, at the time of the Bay of Pigs rather, he really did not have, it is believed, a very high regard for John F. Kennedy. (licks 5:43/10:08) But at the time they met in Vienna he learned to respect the President. He learned to respect the President’s determination to protect the interests of the Western world and the interests of the United States.
Kruschev is brought up in a political system that comes to believe that individuals make policy, not institutions, which is the way the United States believes. Theyre/there/their very quickly after the death of one President another man can assume total responsibility for the foreign policy of the United States. That is now the responsibility of Lyndon Johnson. But in a Soviet context it’s too uncertain too difficult to try to assess this entire thing. And now with respect to questions like: Will the Russians begin to take advantage of the situation in the Western world and underdeveloped parts of the world now that there is uncertainty and some confusion and bewilderment in Washington? I would suspect that the answer is no. (licks 6:36/10:08) Nikita Kruschev understands just as John F. Kennedy understood and Lyndon Johnson must now come to understand that in the United States and the Soviet Union there are two nations which command enormous destructive power and it is in the hands of the man who runs the White House and the man who runs the Kremlin to determine just whether this power is going to be used. And I would really suspect that at a moment like this of uncertainty in East-West relations, as well as, uncertainty in the United States uh the Kremlin will not seek to take advantage. I think that the Kremlin will probably sit tight for quite some time and make very, very certain of just in which direction American Foreign Policy is going to move. The chief architect, the most experienced man in commanding American Foreign Policy now is the Secretary of State. (licks 7:26/10:08) He was on board a jet liner an hour after leaving Honolulu for Tokyo for a very important economic conference there with the Japanese when the pilot uh called back and said: Mr. Secretary the President has been shot in Dallas. He ordered the plane turned around immediately to be flown to Washington. That plane is now expected here at about 1:15 tomorrow morning. A few minutes later Under Secretary of State George Ball called the Secretary and said that the President had been shot. The Secretary said he knew that the plane was already on its way back to Washington. Three or 4 minutes after that the Secretary learned by radio that the President was dead. He will be in at 1:15. Thats all from here, Charles. Now back to CBS News in New York:
The new President of the United States, Lyndon Johnson, with whom Premier Kruschev will have to reckon from now on, is flying back to Washington at this moment. He will arrive in about 40 minutes a little after 6:00 Eastern Standard Time. Already President Johnson has begun to gather into his hands the reins and responsibilities of government. Immediately after he was sworn in in the Executive Cabin of the Presidential Plane at Dallas’s Love airfield this afternoon, he said Okay lets get this plane back to Washington and they took off. After (licks 8:54/10:08) they land in the Washington area this evening President Johnson will go directly to the White House where he will meet with Defense Secretary McNamara and White House National Security Aide McGeorge Bundy and then confer with bi-partison leaders of the Congress. The other Cabinet members, or at least many of them, 6 of them as you heard, were on their way to the Far East and are now air-born returning will not arrive until later. Secretary of State Rusk is with them and of course the new President Mr. Johnson will confer with them later. The President’s body which is also being born back to Washington by airplane (licks 9:34/10:08) will go first to Bethesda Naval Hospital and then tomorrow it will lie in repose in the East Room of the White House. (licks 9:44/10:08)
A CBS Mobile Unit is standing by now at Hollywood and Vine Streets in Los Angelos. We switch there now to CBS News Correspondent Charles Coralt:
I’m afraid we don’t hear the sound of Mr. Coralt’s voice. Uh we’ll try to repair that technical problem as he reports on the mood in Los Angelos. Shocked as every part of the nation is. I’m sorry about that technical problem. We’ll seek to repair it and then hear from Mr. Coralt later.
Already in Washington the protocol which every great nation has in order to cope with events of this kind has begun to get into motion. The new President is on his way has already scheduled meetings with Secretary of Defense McNamara, top aides, Congressional leaders. The Presidents body will lie in repose tomorrow in the East Room of the White House between 10 and 6 PM in the morning and there an elaborate schedule for viewing and the paying of respects to the late President has been set up. The family will come in at 10:00 o’clock in the morning in to the East Room of the White House. At 11:00 President Johnson the new President of the United States, Speaker McCormack, former US Presidents: President Truman, President Eisenhower, President Hoover, members of the Executive Branch of Government who are Presidential Appointees will be ushered into the Presidents resting place in the East Room of the White House. Then in the afternoon the Supreme Court and the Federal Judiciary. Later members of the Senate and House, Governors of the 50 states and territories, and later still the Diplomatic Corp will pay their respects. Then the President’s body will lie in-state in the traditional ceremony that takes place for Presidents who have died in office will lie in -state in the Great Rotunda of the Capitol. Then it will be taken to Boston where the actual funeral will take place according to the wishes of the family which have still not been expressed because the sense of grief and these problems have not yet been spelled out in any careful or orderly way. There is time for that as the as the machinery of a State Funeral begins to take its course in Washington and then later in Boston the President’s home where the actual funeral will take place.
We have a statement here from Sir Winston Churchhill former Prime Minister of Britain, the first honorary citizen of the United States, who called the assassination of President Kennedy a monstrous act. The loss to the United States and to the world is incalculable said Sir Winston. Those who come after Mr. Kennedy must strive the more to achieve the ideals of world peace and human happiness and dignity to which his Presidency was dedicated.
There has been uh a statement from uh the heads of all of the great states of the world as they express their grief at the death of the President. In Paris, Charles De Gaulle a soldier himself (licks 3:36/11:00) said President Kennedy died like a soldier under fire for his duty and in the service of his country. In the name of the French people ever the friend of the American people I salute this great example and this great memory from Charles De Gaulle. In a message to Mrs. Kennedy the French President said The immense sorrow which has stricken you moves my wife and me from the bottom of our hearts. Please accept our assurance that we are with you in thought and in prayer. President Kennedy said Charles De Gaulle will never be forgotten. Another message to the new President Lyndon Johnson pledged the faithful and confident friendship of France for the United States of America.
On this day of history with so many confused and we fear so many repititious developments it might be fitting to recapitulate a little bit of the things that happened. The chronology of President Kennedy’s final hours which began at 8:45 this morning as the President walked bare headed and without a coat through a misty rain into a parking lot across the street from Fort Worths Hotel Texas. (licks 4:49/11:00) He spoke there and then at 9:00 o’clock he went to a breakfast. At 10:30 he went onto the Air Force for his flight to Dallas. And then began the tragic series of events which you know. He moved from Dallas out to a Trade Mart where he was to address a bi-partisan group and on the way he was shot. Governor Connally of Texas was also shot. And now the new President of the United States, President Lyndon Johnson, is on his way to Washington and to take up the reins of duty at the White House. (licks 5:24/11:00)
A moment ago we sought to bring you reaction from Charles Coralt in Los Angelos. We believe now that our technical difficulties between here and Los Angelos have been corrected, so lets try and switch back to Hollywood and Vine and CBS News Correspondent Charles Coralt.
Even at this uh late hour people are still passing this corner in Hollywood with tears in their eyes. I uh saw a woman a few minutes ago walking along with a baby in her hands and she was clutching the baby and tears just pouring from her eyes obviously trying to comfort the child in an attempt to comfort herself. This great city of Los Angelos is such a defuse place that it’s not always clear these moments of mass emotion but this city is overcome this afternoon by a multitude of personal griefs. You can’t see very much change in the face of the city but you can see what has happened written in the faces of people. People sitting at the benches on the bus stops or just staring straight ahead not saying anything to anyone.
All the religious leaders of Los Angelos have listed services in memory of the President where people will want to find an expression for their sorrow. There’s uh Solemn Pontifical Mass of Requiem, a Memorial Service at the University of Judaiasm. A Prayer Service tonight at the First Baptist Church in Los Angelos.
And as for the secular officials, the politicians of the city, who have commented most of them seem to be assuming, on the basis of whatever facts, that the death of President Kennedy is attributable to extremists. For example City Councilman Tom Bradley said This indicates the dangerous degree of hysteria and hate which has consumed some elements of our nation.
And another councilmen. the City Council was in session when the news came, Billy Mills said there’s no doubt in my mind that he was shot because of the positions he has taken.
The John Birch Society which opposed all of his positions, it has commented too, in the person of Congressman John Russelo who said no matter how Americans may disagree this action is a despicable means to an end. First, Congressman Russelo said this is not the proper or normal way to disagree.(licks 8:01/11:00) Then he made his statement stronger. He said of course its a major tragedy. But theses were the reactions of politicians: men used to making public statements.
Coincidental statement by John Russelo of the John Birch Society and reminds me of what the stated purpose of the BGEA (Billy Graham Evangelical Association) which is “By Any and All Means” which I wrote about in a post called :
and Rev. Wilkerson wrote about the failure of it in his last post on his blog before he was killed this last year titled When All Means Fail.
Coincidentally, both Billy Graham and Rev. Wilkerson are in you-tube video in the press/entourage of President Kennedy scurrying around Mrs. Kennedy at the Love Field Airport in Dallas, Texas a half hour before President Kennedy is assassinated.
The reaction of ordinary people people like those standing around me here at Hollywood and Vine was less eloquent perhaps, but no less deeply felt.
What’s your name, sir. – Ernie Lowenstein.
And how did you hear the news of the death of the President? – Uh I was delivering cleaning to one of my customers when I heard the television say the President had been shot and then also I heard the maid say my God they just shot the President.
What was your own feeling? – Well, I felt deeply hurt, thats the only way I can put it. I was uh not shocked as badly as the maid, but I was felt very, very hurt.
And uh where were you when you heard the news? – I was in the Stock Exchange.
What happened there? – Well immediately the news came over the ticker tapes uh at the Stock Exchange. Uh Everybody was shocked and the Stock Exchange immediately closed down and finally closed down with a loss of 21 points.
And what was your own feeling? – My own feeling while I am a republican is that its a shame and a disgrace that anything like that could happen in this country.
Thank you sir.
Whats your name? – Sandy? Robinson
And where were you when you heard that the President was dead? – I was working at the telephone company on the switchboard and all of a sudden the lights started flashing like Christmas. It was too fantastic (?garbled) when our supervisors told us what happened. And people just started calling all over the place. And I just, nobody could believe it. It’s too, there’s no words to express (garbled) that it happened at all.
It’s true that there are no words to express it and that feeling is obvious all around us on the streets of Los Angelos. This is Charles Coralt at Hollywood and Vine and we return you now to CBS News Headquarters in New York.
All over the world people are going to remember all their lives what they were doing when they first heard that President Kennedy had been killed. In respect for the feelings of a shocked nation CBS is canceling all of its entertainment programs and all commercial announcements until after the President’s funeral. In a special announcement by Frank Stanton, the President of the Public Broadcasting System he said: In respect for the feelings of a shocked nation the CBS Television Network and the CBS Radio Network will carry no commercial announcements and no entertainment programs until after the President’s funeral. CBS will continue to bring all the news relating to this tragic event: the memorials and special broadcasts and all other news of importance throughout this period. (licks)
The President’s funeral will take place next week in Boston. His body will be brought back to Washington. It’s on its way now by jet plane will arrive in something like 25 minutes. It will lie in repose in the White House tomorrow. And respects will be paid to it by dignitaries of this country and uh foreign countries. Then it will go to the Great Rotunda of the Capitol and in the traditional ceremony Lie-In-State there. The actual funeral will be in the President’s home city of Boston.
More and more reports, tributes, reaction come in:
Gereral of the Army Douglas McArthur sent the following telegram to Mrs. Kennedy on the death of the President. I realize the utter futility of words at such a time. But the world of civilization shares the poignancy of this monumental tragedy. As a former comrade-in -arms said General MacArthur his death kills something within me.
We still do not know who the assassin was or what was his motive. The prime (clears throat) prime person suspected (licks 1:23/11:00) is a man who was cornered and seized in a movie theater in the Oak Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Texas soon after the assassination. They refer to him as the man in a brown shirt. He shot and killed a police officer before he was subdued. The man has been identified as Lee H. Oswald, Chairman of a Fair Play For Cuba Committee. Now Fair Play For Cuba sounds more like a left wing extremist organization not a right wing one, but we have no positive identification of uh it’s point of view. Oswald is held also in the slaying of the pursuing policeman who was shot with a 38-caliber snub nosed weapon. The President was shot with a foreign army rifle with a telescopic sight. (licks) According to police the suspect Oswald fired at Policeman J. D. Tippitt and then tried to shoot the patrolman MM McDonald, but the weapon misfired. Uh, Tippitt was killed. Oswald put up a fight and was subdued by a crowd of 600 people who had gathered outside the Texas theater in the Oak Oak Cliff district in of uh Dallas, Texas.
People of both parties continue to pay their tribute to the President of the United States. It is a shocking event that tren transends ordinary political dialogue in political positions.
We have some more Congressional reaction in Washington D.C. and we switch now to Washington and Neil Strausser:
Friends and foes join together in sorrow at the death of President Kennedy. For instance, here is the man who recently led the fight to cut Mr. Kennedys foreign aid program Democratic Senator Wayne Morris of Oregon:
-In this dark tragic hour all I can say is what I said on the floor of the Senate: This is the time for every American to pray. Pray for the President and to pray for the country.
Here is Republican Senator Scott of Pennsylvania:
-When this incredible news came to me I immediately phoned my wife and asked her to join all of us in praying for God’s mercy, that our President might survive. Uh all of us knew him in the House and Senate. Uh he was our friend as well as our President. Uh today the nation unites in mourning in deep and tragic sorrow. Now our hearts go out to to his loved ones, to his family, and to all the people of this country who look to the President for their leadership, their guidance, and their inspiration. And truly the thought most with me today is that in the midst of life we are in death. And I know that all Americans no matter where they come from or how they are made by in God’s fashion will rally in support behind the President of the United States uh Lyndon Johnson.(4:36/10:30 closes eyes and licks his mouth)
Democratic Senator Russell of Georgia:
-The news of this dastardly crime has shocked and stunned the American people, indeed the people of the entire free world. (4:49/10:30 licks mouth) The assassin’s bullet has removed from the most vital station on earth a brilliant and dedicated young Statesman at the very heighth of his powers. My personal relations with the President both in the Congress and since he was elevated to the Office of Chief Magistrate have always been cordial. And I feel a deep sense of personal loss (licks mouth 5:27/10:30The heart of the entire world goes out ta to Mrs. Kennedy (licks mouth 5:37/10:30) and to all of the members of his family in this hour. This Kennedy family is one of the most remarkable families on earth and all of us can but but sympathize with them in this very tragic hour.
And the House GOP leader Charley Halleck:
– (6:03/10:30 licks mouth) The assassination of President Kennedy is an unspeakable crime against all of the people of this country. The world should know that in this hour of national tragedy Americans stand together as one, shocked and grieved, at this unbelievable news. Political differences have no part in the personal affection I felt for President Kennedy. An affection I have reason to believe he felt for me.
My mind this afternoon keeps going back to that wonderful series of pictures published just this week of a father and son. In case you’ve wondered, John-John, John jr. and Caroline were at the White House this afternoon when all this tragedy happened. And as at our last word they have not been told. Presumably, that job will fall to Mrs. Kennedy when she returns on that plane in a few moments.
Sargent Shriver the President’s brother-in-law and Director of the Peace Corps is looking after the children, also is making the funeral arrangements. The body will go to Bethesda Naval Hospital will we are told then will Lie in State at the White House tomorrow. The new President Lyndon Johnson, the Cabinet Members, members of the family, Justices of the Supreme Court, and others, will view the body tomorrow. Then Speaker John McCormack has announced that the body will Lie in State in the Capitol Rotunda all day Sunday and then until noon on Monday so that Americans can pay their last respects. Speaker McCormack has gone to Andrews Air Force Base in nearby Maryland now to meet the plane bearing the body of John Kennedy and bringing in the new President of the United States, Lyndon Johnson. McCormack now is next in succession for the Presidency and recognizing that Secret Service Agents moved in to protect him very early this afternoon. (licks mouth 7:50/10:30.)
The mechanics of the takeover are already in in-operation. President Johnson will meet at the White House tonight with Defense Secretary McNamara, as you’ve already said Charlie, with Defense Secretary McNamara and with White House National Security Aide George Mc Buck McBundy. Then he will confer with the bi-partisan leadership of Congress. The business of government cannot stop even in sorrow. This is Neil Strausser in Washington.
We have brought you much reaction during these past few hours from people important and people unimportant. We will doubtless bring you more. The eloquent ones have expressed themselves eloquently. Others have expressed themselves inarticulately and simply. But the sense of loss, the sense of shock, the sense of tragedy is very strong throughout this country and throughout the world.
Vice President former Vice President Johnson now the President of the United States is on his way to Washington. He will land at Andrews Air Force Base in approximately half an hour. We hope to be able to bring you pictures, we have our cameras there, of the new President’s arrival. We have been told that President Johnson will make his first statement as Chief Executive when he lands at Andrews Air Force Base at approximately 6:15 pm Eastern Standard Time. That’s in about 27 minutes from now.(licks 9:17/10:30) Then after he’s made his statement he’ll proceed to the White House. Fly in by helicopter, as President Kennedy was so often wont to do. Begin his meetings with Members of the Cabinet, members of both parties of the of the Congress of the United States. Begin to take over the (9:37/10:30 licks mouth) reins of government that have fallen to him in the process of Presidential succession. The President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, on his way now from Dallas in the plane in which he received the Presidential Oath in an impromptu ceremony in the plane itself administered for the first time by a woman Federal Judge Sarah Hughes.
Now for the next period my colleague Harry Reasoner is going to take over this seat and this microphone and continue to inform you of all the developments that continue to take place as the nation and the world reacts to this tragic change in events. Harry?
Charlie leaves and Harry Reasoner sits down.
Thank you Charles.
As you know CBS has announced that there will be no commercials announcements and no entertainment programming until President Kennedy’s funeral. That is inevitably mean a certain amount of confusion as we change back and forth here; confusion of the kind that has struck the whole country today.
The text of what Dr. Stanton said was that in respect for the feelings of a shocked nation the CBS Television Network and the CBS Radio Network will carry no commercial announcements and no entertainment programs until after the President’s funeral. CBS will continue to bring all the news relating to this tragic event: memorials and special broadcasts and all other news of importance throughout this period.
As Charles Collingwood said President Johnson will land in Washington at about 6:15 pm at about 20 minutes from now, and he’s expected to make his first public statement as President of the United States at that time.
With more news coming in the body of assassinated President John F. Kennedy is going to Lie in Repose at the White House tomorrow to be viewed by mourning members of his family and high dignitaries of the government. The general public will not be admitted. (licks 1:28/10:53) The White House announced tonight that the body flown from Dallas by the same plane that is bringing President Johnson to the nations Capitol will be on view from 10:00 o’clock tomorrow morning until 6:00 o’clock tomorrow evening. That plane is due at about 6:15.
We have gotten a picture of President Johnson being sworn in by that woman Federal Judge which I think we can pick up on this camera that was done in the executive cabin of the Presidential plane.
Always, always the swearing in of a new President has to be done within the shortest practical time after the death of the old.
Quickly points with index finger to Jackie Kennedy as he says ‘Always’ and then returns his fingers to the side. 1:55/10:53
I was trying to think how many living Americans, how many occasions of this kind living Americans can remember: There was President Truman’s swearing-in after Franklin Roosevelt died. There was Calvin Coolidges swearing-in after Warren Harding died. And now President Johnson being sworn-in after the assassination of President Kennedy.
There wouldn’t be very many living Americans who could remember the last assassination of a President that would be President Mckinnley to which Theodore Roosevelt succeeded.
Somehow this is the the first assassination of an American President to take place in the era of modern communication of radio and television. Somehow the immediacy of the feeling throughout the whole country is greater. (licks 3:00/10:53.)
I can remember, as many people can, when President Roosevelt died of natural causes- the shock that hit the country. People crying all over the United States. Radio, at that time before television went into something like a 72-hour dirge, the same feeling that it was improper to resume normal pursuits (licks 3:19/10:53 happened then, as it is happening now. Tonight Broadway has closed down. I imagine theaters in most parts of the country will not give performances. The Yale-Harvard game has been cancelled for tomorrow. British television has cancelled it’s commercial announcements. (slight smirk 3:40/10:53.)
There is a feeling that while that kind of testimony (licks 3:45/10:53) to the sadness that everyone has cannot bring a man back, that it is only proper. People will remember today as a date to date things in their lives sum/some
I was at a twisting party at my home with my parents, my sisters and my brother and their friends. The party stopped and we tried to watch on a television that was not very clear. We were overseas at that time.
It was a, it began as a normal day for the President. He was having apparently a pretty good time in Texas, a very successful time on what was billed as a non-political trip (stretches neck and turns his head 4:25/10:53) but would had a great many implications.
The tenor of his administration had turned to politics a great deal in the last few months. (licks mouth 4:34/10:53) and Texas was a critical place for him to go. He had gone there hoping for political benefits whatever the real purpose of the trip. (licks mouth 4:43/10:53)
Here is late information on the man that they have arrested in Dallas and who is called at the moment the prime suspect in the assassination of President Kennedy. He’s Lee H. Oswald. In 1959. he defected to Russia. He’s Chairman of a Pro-Castro Fair Play for Cuba Committee. He’s also accused of killing a policeman who chased in into a theater shortly after Kennedy was shot to death and Governor John Colony Connally was wounded. He was seized by another officer.
This is a picture of him. (licks mouth 5:17/10:53)
He probably does not look exactly like this now after he had been questioned.
closeup from a picture found at BGEA and looks eerily like a young Rev. David Wilkerson
In the article above illustrates Billy Graham’s talent to mirror or mutate his appearance to those around him.
Below is an article and picture of a man who is thought to be the jackal
who looks a lot like Billy Graham
“During that operation he acquired a reputation as the
I would say he must have been their secret weapon!
But the man who actually does this kind of murder is not normally a great leader or a or a strong characterl; he tends to be a lunatic. I would suspect that would apply whether he was the Arch Duke in 1914, or the man who shot McKinnley, or the man who shot President Garfield who was just a job seeker who had no political philosophy, or the man who shot President Lincoln- John Wilkes Booth who certainly had no coherent idea of what he was doing. The man who attempted to shoot President Roosevelt and did kill the Mayor of Chicago in 1932. Anyone no matter how opposed to a national leader (licks mouth 7:09/10:53) if he has intelligence and character does not take this kind of way to express his opposition.
And now for a new report we’re going to switch to George Herman in the White House. pause. We’ll hold off for a little while in the switch to George Herman. tongue. (licks 7:32/10:53)
We were talking about what kind of day it was, this day which now automatically becomes one of the major days in American history. It was raining in the morning when the President got up and walked bare-headed and without a coat through the rain into a parking lot across the street from Fort Worth Hotel Texas. You may remember that all through his political career they had trouble getting him to get a hat on or get a coat on. (tongue 7:57/10:53) At one, at sometimes he carried a hat in respect to the hat makers of Danbury Connecticutt who had objected to of having the President of the United States to appear frequently and normally without a hat was not good for their business. He was perfectly willing to help out by carrying one, but even at his innaugeration he had trouble keeping his top hat on.
He spoke this morning bare-headed with a without a coat to a cheering throng of Democrats who could not get tickets to see him at a breakfast appearance. Mrs. Kennedy was not with him then. He said that she was organizing herself, it takes longer. Later they went to breakfast. The break was sponsored by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Kennedy walked in some minutes late. It was her entrance that brought tremendous applause from some 2500 guests.
More news of cancellations is coming in: In St. Louis, Republicans have cancelled their Mid Western Regional Workshop Meeting today in the wake of President Kennedy’s assassination. Representative William Miller who is National Chairman of the Republicans called the shooting a national tragedy. He said we are all Americans before we are Republicans or Democrats. That’s the tenor of the statements that we’ve been hearing today.
Now I believe we are ready to go to Washington to George Herman at the White House.
The flag at the White House was lowered to half-mast around mid-afternoon. The church across the square, St. Johns Episcopal Church began tolling it’s bell solemnly and quietly, one toll every fifteen or twenty seconds. A small group of people began to gather in Lafayette Park and ropes were thrown up to hold them in position so that the sidewalks could still be used. They watched the White House to see who would come and who would go, but so far all has been quiet at the White House except for the visits of some sub-Cabinet officials who’ve come here to discuss arrangements. Sargent Shriver the President’s brother-in-law came to the White House to be with the President’s children under the care of Maude Shaw (the nanny).(woman turns around as he says Maude Shaw)
So far as we know the children still have not been told. The arrangements for the funeral are also under the control so far of Sargent Shriver. The arrangements at the moment are these: The President’s body will be taken from the plane at Andrews Air Force Base and taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital for the night. It will lie in Repose in the East Room, the huge gold and white East Room, the Ballroom, the formal room of the White House tomorrow from 10:00 o’clock in the morning until 6:00 o’clock at night. The family will have the first hour from ten to eleven to view the body of the President. At 11:00 o’clock President Johnson, the Speaker McCormack, former Presidents of the United States, and members of the Federal J of the uh the Federal Government the Executive Branch those who hold Presidential appointments. At 2:00 o’clock the Supreme Court and the members of the Federal Judiciary will be allowed to see the body. At 2:30 members of the Senate, of the House of Representatives, the Governors of the fifty states and of the territories. At 5:00 o’clock this afternoon the diplomatic corp may pay their respects of the nations around the world to the body of the President.
Of more immediate importance President Johnson will fly here by helicopter from Andrews AIr Force Base as President Kennedy has done so many times before. He will meet almost at once with Defense Secretary McNamara and with McGeorge Bundy who has been President Kennedy’s advisor on National Security matters. This will therefore be probably his first briefing on the state-of-the-world, the problems which he faces all around the globe as he takes over the reins of the Presidency. And at 8:00 o’clock President Johnson will meet the bi-partisan leaders, the leaders of the House of Representatives, of the Senate, the leaders of both parties to discuss with them what steps can be taken by the Congress right away. The events of tomorrow, the events of day after are still being planned; the proper protocol being checked out as events move here at the White House move with leaden slowness. This is George Herman at the White House.
(…..garbled) that CBS News is going to stay on the air live throughout this day to keep you up-to-the-minute on the latest developments on the assassination of President Kennedy. There will be no commercial announcements or entertainment programing on CBS television or radio until after the President’s funeral.
Reaction from groups who did not get along particularly well with President Kennedy during his life are coming in. East German Communist Leader Walter Albrick announced tonight that he had learned the news of President Kennedy’s death with sadness and with deep indignation. He expressed sympathy for the American people who had lost what he called one of the most outstanding statesmen. Uh among the ordinary people of East Berlin their reaction was one of shock and horror. One taxi driver said A great pity we all liked him so much. In Moscow Foreign Minister Gromicko telephon telephoned our Ambassador Foyt Coller to express his shock and the greatest sympathy for the American people.
A US Embassy Spokesman said that official condolences will be conveyed later at the highest level adding that, he thought, Premier Nikita Kruschev would make his condolences public tomorrow morning. Communist leaders are aware of probably more than Democratic leaders of the danger of assassination although in the very nature of things they take steps to protect themselves from it in a way Democratic leaders can’t. It’s been said often in history that anyone who is seriously determined could kill the President of the United States and is willing to lose his own life as a result, can do it. That was proven again today. No matter how careful of protection, if the President is going to go among the people he gives the people a chance to strike him down. It has happened in American history a number of times.
George Herman gave the details on the what is known so far about what is going to happen at the body of President Kennedy. Tomorrow it’s going to be flown tonight when it arrives in Washington, it’s going to be taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital. Tomorrow it will Lie in Repose at the White House to be viewed by mourning members of the Kennedy family and high officials of this government. The general public will not be admitted tomorrow. It will be on view in the White House tomorrow from 10:00 o’clock until 6:00 o’clock. At 10:00 o’clock the late President’s family will look at it. At 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon: President Johnson, the Speaker of the House, John McCormack, who is now next in succession to the Presidency, former Presidents, and members of the Executive Branch holding presidential appointments.
Interrupt that for a moment President Lyndon Johnson has arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. He arrived at 5:58 Eastern Standard Time aboard the Air Force jet which also carried the body of John Kennedy. This is film or tape of that arrival. (Someone in background yells it is live, live, live) It is live! It is live right now with the plane coming in.
–(garbled) jet engine almost drowned us out. This is one of the most unique and tragic moments in the history of Andrews Air Force Base. A field that is used to welcoming the arrival of Presidents and Kings and Prime Ministers and men like Kruschev and all the rest. But this time it has the sad or still historic journey assigned to bring back to Washington the body of President Kennedy who was assassinated in Texas earlier today.
Now a central ramp is moving now toward the Presidential Door which is the last one in the plane. It is a ramp which is covered and I think that the remains of President Kennedy will be moved out in that ramp. The ramp is now moving up close to the back door of the Presidential Plane. Up in the front of the plane we can see the rest of the party coming off. And we understand that President Johnson, Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Johnson and other members of the party are coming off from there. But from our vantage point we can’t make out any officials at this time.
Also at Andrews Air Force Base right now are members of Congress, a special congressional delegation, out here to greet the new President and to express the nations grief for the untimely assassination of President Kennedy.
We’re informed there will be a special bi-partisan Congressional meeting at 7:00 or 7:30 this evening at the White House with President Johnson meeting with legislative leaders from both Republican and Democratic parties.
But now we’re going through the sad moment of watching a turnover in government at the highest office. And former Vice President Lyndon Johnson now the President of the United States returns to Washington with the body, with the remains of his former Chief Executive.
We’ve been told that President Johnson can be expected to make a few brief comments before he leaves the airport.
And now we can see what we believe to be a coffin carrying the body of President Kennedy being moved from Air Force One onto a special enclosed ramp, a mobile ramp, which was drawn up to the back door. Yes, we can make out the casket now. A very solemn group of officials huddled down at the bottom of that ramp. We can make out Dave Powers a long time friend of former President Kennedy. A friendship that goes back to the days when Mr. Kennedy was then aspiring to be a first term member of the House of Representatives.
Now an Honor Guard slowly paces up the step on the ground below the enclosed ramp which contains the remains of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Off to one side we see Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara faithfully conferring with an aide, with General Maxwell Taylor.
Now the ramp is being slowly lowered to the ground containing the casket. And a grey US Navy Ambulance has pulled into sight and is now directly in front of the ramp in which the casket still rests. There is some confusion here at the moment which is understandable. This tragic day could not be rehearsed.
We still have not seen President Johnson’s wife or Mrs. Kennedy. Perhaps they …..
Bell rings 4 times in background!
They are to ride in the ambulance presumably to Bethesda Hospital where the body will remain for the night. The one plane Air Force One carried the body, the new President, and the mourning wife.
Bell rings 4-5 times again like a cadence which by the way
[from Old French, from Old Italian cadenza, literally:
a falling, from Latin cadere to fall]
It’s a Navy ambulance carrying the body and Mrs. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy to Bethesda Hospital.
We have not yet seen President Johnson. It’s expected that he will make a public appearance and a statement here at Andrews Air Force Base. It seems to be a Guard of Honor to welcome the new President of the United States.
Odd coincidence Bethesda and Bethsaida
(of the bible.)
I’ll end this CBS News and JFK Part 2
and continue with JFK’S ASSASSINATION (CBS-TV COVERAGE)(PART 28)
CBS News and JFK Part 1
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