This footage, a monthly report produced by The White House Naval Photographic Unit, captures the activities of President Johnson in November 1968. Having decided not to seek reelection in 1968 President Johnson nevertheless was occupied with the election for much of November 1968. Images of President Johnson campaigning with Vice President, and Democratic Presidential Nominee, Hubert Humphrey are represented here, as President Johnson speaks on Humphrey's behalf at the Houston Astrodome, goes to the polls with Lady Bird Johnson, and watches Walter Cronkite deliver the results declaring Richard Nixon the winner. After the election President Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson welcome President Elect Nixon and Mrs. Nixon to the White House, as well as Vice President Elect Spiro Agnew. Though the election was an important focus for President Johnson in November 1968 he also presented medals to the Apollo 7 astronauts, and presented the Medal of Honor to soldiers serving in Vietnam. With the end of his presidency approaching President Johnson is also seen reviewing the successes of his policies, planning his Presidential library, and celebrating Thanksgiving with the first family.
The films created by The White House Naval Photographic Unit documented the life of the President and first family in both an official and unofficial capacity. During the early years of the Johnson administration the films primarily documented ceremonial events, but in June 1966 monthly reports concerning the President began being produced. The monthly reports provide insight into a range of the President's activities by documenting and presenting a clear portrayal of what the President did in that month. The monthly reports also captured happenings in the life of the first family.