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State of the Union - President Calls For Record Budget

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  •  Tonight the cup of peril is full in Vietnam. 
  •  That conflict is not an isolated episode, but another great event in the policy that we have followed with strong consistency since World War II.  
  •  History is on the side of freedom, and is on the side of society's shape and the genius of each people.  
  •  History did not favor a single system or belief unless force is used to make it so,  
  •  and that's why it's been necessary for us to defend this basic principle of our policy, to defend it in Berlin and in Korea and in Cuba, and tonight in Vietnam. 
  •  We will stay because in Asia and around the world are countries whose independence rests in large measure on the confidence in America's word and in America's protection. 
  •  To yield to force in Vietnam would weaken that cause, would undermine the independence of many lands, and would whet the appetite of aggression. 
  •  We would have to fight in one land, and then we'd have to fight in another, or abandon much of Asia to the domination of communism.  
  •  And we do not to intend to abandon Asia to conquest. 
  •  The president asks for a record budget, 112 billion, 800 million dollars.  
  •  He hopes to carry out most of his Great Society plans. 
  •  Because of Vietnam, we cannot do all that we should, or all that we would like to do. 
  •  We will ruthlessly attack waste and inefficiency.  
  •  We will make sure that every dollar is spent with thrift and with the common sense which recognizes how hard the tax payer worked in order to earn it. 
  •  U.S. Capitol building at night 
  •  Inside U.S. House of Representatives 
  •  Lyndon Johnson 
  •  Voice of America Studio 
  •  Reel to reel recording equipment 
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President Johnson calls for a record budget of $112.8 billion dollars as he predicts another peak year for gross domestic product. He promises to wage war in Vietnam to victory while at same time pushing forward his "Great Society" program at home.
Thirty-sixth president of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, was born on a hill country farm near Stonewall, Texas on August 27, 1908 to Samuel Ealy Johnson, a former Texas legislator, and Rebekah Baines Johnson.  He attended Southwest Teachers College, now Texas-State University, graduating with a degree in history and social science in 1930. LBJ spent one year as principal and teacher in Cotulla, educating impoverished Hispanic elementary school students. LBJ became the secretary to Texas Congressman Richard M. Kleberg in 1931; the four year position helped him gain influential contacts in Washington. Johnson married Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor on November 17, 1934.
LBJ acted as Director of the National Youth Administration in Texas from 1935 to 1937. Johnson won his first legislative election in 1937 for the Tenth Congressional District, a position he held for eleven years. He was a firm supporter of President Roosevelt’s New Deal and in 1940 acted as Chairman of the Democratic Campaign Committee. In 1948, following his service as a Lieutenant Naval Commander during World War II, LBJ ran as the Democratic nominee for Senate. In a cloud of controversy, he narrowly defeated former Texas Governor Coke Stevens and easily beat his Republican opponent in the general election.  Before winning his second senate term, LBJ was elected Majority Whip in 1951, became the youngest ever Minority Senate Leader in 1953, and was voted Majority Leader in 1954. Johnson unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960 but was selected to be Vice-President under John F. Kennedy. 
Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as Commander and Chief aboard Air Force One following President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963 and won reelection in 1964. President Johnson passed landmark legislation with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Debate over military efforts in Vietnam intensified in late 1963 when the President stated that the United States would not withdraw from Southeast Asia. Escalation of the war against North Vietnam brought disapproval from Democrats, claiming the efforts were misguided, and from Republicans who criticized the administration for not executing sufficient military vigor. Antiwar protests, urban riots, and racial tension eroded Johnson’s political base by 1967, which further dissolved following the Tet Offensive in January 1968. On March 31, 1968, President Johnson announced that we would not seek a second Presidential term.
After returning to Texas, Johnson oversaw the construction of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum on the University of Texas campus in Austin. Throughout his political career, LBJ was an influential figure in Texas affairs; his policies brought military bases, crop subsidies, government facilities, and federal jobs to the state. After suffering a massive heart attack, former President Johnson died at his ranch on January 22, 1973. In February of the same year, NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston was renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, in honor of one of the country’s most influential Texans.