October 16, 1964. LBJ travels to Ohio to continue campaigning. In Cincinnati, he delivers a speech at Government Square:
“In an age of peril, when danger lurks across the land, the world respects and the world responds to performance, the effective performance, of a bipartisan system in the American way…
You will not be electing a President alone on November 3d; you will be electing the kind of life that you want to lead and the kind of world you want your children to grow up in. The vote you cast will count as much as the vote you do not cast, for if you fail to vote, your future will be chosen for you.”
LBJ Library photos 416-76-WH64, 416-4A-WH64, 416-30-WH64, 416-104-WH64; public domain.
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The Cuban Missile Crisis - Day 1
The thirteen days marking the most dangerous period of the Cuban missile crisis begin. President Kennedy and principal foreign policy and national defense officials are briefed on the U-2 findings. Discussions begin on how to respond to the challenge. Two principal courses are offered: an air strike and invasion, or a naval quarantine with the threat of further military action. To avoid arousing public concern, the president maintained his official schedule, meeting periodically with advisors to discuss the status of events in Cuba and possible strategies.
-from the JFK Library
Happy birthday, President Dwight D. Eisenhower!
Born 124 years ago today, Eisenhower was a product of Abilene, Kansas, where he spent most of his early years. After working for two years to help pay for his brother’s college education, he won an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and went on to an eventful military career, eventually serving as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II. As commander, he planned and led the greatest amphibious military assault in history when the Allied forces landed at Normandy 70 years ago on June 6, 1944.
After the war, he served as Army Chief of Staff under President Truman, and then later ran for and won the Presidency. During his two terms, Eisenhower launched many key programs and departments including NASA, DARPA, and the Interstate Highway System. However when asked about his illustrious career, he said, “the proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene.”
Meeting with Representatives of the American Jewish Press Corps on October 14, 1976
Representatives from more than 40 newspapers from around the country attended, including Wolf Blitzer, then reporting for the Jerusalem Post Overseas Edition in New York.
President Ford met with the group in the Blue Room for 35 minutes. Participants remarked that the meeting, which had been requested by the American Jewish Press Association, was believed to be “the first time a President of the United States has stood for questions before an exclusive Jewish journalist audience.”
After President Ford made an opening statement regarding U.S. relations with Israel he answered questions about the Sinai II agreement, the possibility of relocating the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and recent developments in the Middle East. Several questions also touched on issues raised during the 1976 Presidential campaign and debates between the President and Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter.
-from the Ford Library