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CBS interview of JFK on September 2, 1963


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It's worth mentioning that interview was downloaded by EF member David Von Pein. It's one of almost 1000 that appear on his YouTube channel.

These remarks by President Kennedy have often been repeated in history books:

THE PRESIDENT:

I don't think that unless a greater effort is made by the Government to win popular support that the war can be won out there.

In the final analysis, it is their war. They are the ones who have to win it or lose it. We can help them, we can give them equipment, we can send

our men out there as advisers, but they have to win it, the people of Viet-Nam, against the Communists.

We are prepared to continue to assist them, but I don't think that the war can be won unless the people support the effort and, in my opinion,

in the last 2 months, the government has gotten out of touch with the people.

I liked this one; THE PRESIDENT:

What we have to realize is that to even stand still, stay still, we have to move very fast.

The President was talking about unemployment.

Kennedy's speechwriters often get credit for a lot of things he said, but JFK was an extraordinarily gifted extemporaneous speaker. Obviously, in this case, he was prepped on what Cronkite was going to ask.

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