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in vietnam but no one know when peace will come. ♪ it will be you and i >> apollo 7 starts the first american push to the moon. today on this flight all but finished the chance of reaching the moon by the end of next year. >> five, four -- we have ignition. >> on the basis of this spectacular success of apollo seven, it will be possible now for the next mission, that's apollo eight, three americans in orbit around the moon on christmas. i think we have some late words just arriving. ainterrupt to bring this to you. this is the latest disclosure in the report from national defensive headquarters in
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doesn't matter how noble you think you are, you're still a black guy. >> all summer for an assortment of reasons, a thunder of disconsent has rumbled on the ho horizon of the ixx olympiad. >> the olympic games live in mexico city. brought to you by the ford company. >> mr. edwards i think it might himself illuminate your position if you understand the boycott of the olympics. >> first of all we have to understand that the olympic games in society and in the world, is the second-largest meetings of the nations outside of united nations itself and it's just as applicable. >> the olympic product for human rights and efforts to forge boycotts and demonstrations at the 1968 summer games
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he began to reach more and more folks in the north. >> i'd rather vote for him than nixon or humphrey because i don't like the two of them. >> wallace by default has a major problem. he needs a vice presidential candidate and nobody wants the job. so, first reach out to a happy chandler who had been commissioner baseball from kentucky, but they discover chandler is somewhat liberal on immigration issues, tha not going to work. they go back to the drawing board and consider colonel sanders, the fried chicken guy. >> he's a household name, so they contacted the colonel, basically said, don't be a physical. i'm running a business. i'm not going to antagonize half
of my customers here. so, at that point wallace began talking about require retired general curtis la may. >> i'm very proud to have a man as my returning -- >> he was the generals responsible for the fire bombing of japan during world war ii and he was an evangelist for nuclear power. >> thank you very much, governor. thank you for your confidence in me. >> the night before this press conference, wallace's aides sit le may down and tells him, whatever happens do not talk about nuclear weapons. you don't have to talk about the efficacy of nuclear weapons. the first question to le may is about nuclear questions. >> i think it's significant where it will be most sufficient to use nuclear weapons. >> lemay launches into this unbelievable defense of nuclear weapons. >> doesn't make much difference to me if i go v to go to war and get killed with a rusty knife or nuclear weapon. if i had the choice i'd lean
towards a nuclear weapon. >> at that point, wallace is about to have a nervous breakdown. >> lemay went on to say, we tested them at bikini atoll. and the plants are back and the animals are back. >> the livestock out there is bigger, healthier than they were before. it might come to a conclusion to put 21 bombs on some place and improve it. >> he said the sand crabs are a little hot. >> general, we have to go. >> it just turned out to be politically a disaster. >> one more statement. >> and support for wallace seemed to go downhill after that. >> the latest pole released today shows that humphrey moved to 5 percentage points on nixon. harris said that if humphrey gains another two or three-points on nixon, the election could become too close to call. >> the last line of the speech he has prepared for tonight says, well, it looks like we're
going to win. that's a political line but the kind of line he could have barely have read with a straight face a month ago. >> humphrey late in the election, actually got out there to be who he was, which was kind of a battler. >> mr. nixon was supposed to have this election in the bag, but ladies and gentlemen, when he opens that bag on november 5th, out will jump humphrey. >> hubert humphrey gained 15 points and we gained nothing in october. so all those democratic votes were coming home, all right. they went right past us and went to hubert humphrey. >> i think you and mr. humphrey should get out vietnam and some other questions. >> i think mr. humphrey is having a great time debating himself.
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george wallace's spirits appear to be sagging. for several days he'd run into overwhelming protests and he was shouted down in el paso. >> wallace was a very effective demagogue. he knew how to get a crowd energized. he knew how to get them angry and violent, often that was the goal. >> the more people saw violent the more they'd say they need somebody who can stop the violence. >> if you want to stop all this you just vote for me november 5th. >> as time went on, people began to say, maybe he's not the person to stop it because he's the person making it happen in the first place. >> now, i don't mind speaking
here but with you star throwing rocks that size -- who threw it? go ahead and throw another one. >> by this time i think he is frustrated, angry, wallace was more and more in fights with his campaign staff, who told him over and over again, i know that you see you're as a national candidate but the strategy is to throw this in the house of representatives. you're not going to win, we need to be campaigning in florida, virginia, texas, his ego wouldn't allow it. one of his last major rallies was in new york city. >> i'm sure "the new york times" took note of the reception that we received here in the great city, new york. >> he speaks to a packed crowd, the largest political gathering in madison square garden's history. but, outside, it's ugly.
>> george wallace bought his campaign to new york tonight, all of the hostility and anger that have built up around this campaign spilled into these streets. >> these were the anarchists to whom the candidate frequently referred. he's a man that allows his emotional extreme, love, hate and passion. those among the 16,000 were allowed inside appeared to have decided already to vote for wallace. >> done worry what the newspaper say about us, they can fool some of the people some of the time but they can't fool all of the people all of the time, you remember that. >> now, here is frank reynolds. >> good evening, there was nothing encouraging in today's session with north vietnamese. >> there were a lot of words, the session lasted 2 1/2 hours. like the others before it, it
ended without any visible sign of progress toward peace. >> johnson was trying to get the north vietnamese at the negotiating table. he thought, if i can do that, not only will it varnish my own legacy, but that will help hubert humphrey tremendously. >> north vietnam's top negotiators said there will be no breakthrough in the peace talk until the bombing has stopped unconditionally. >> the united states have dropped more bombs on north and south vietnam than they'd used in the entire world war ii. >> north vietnam would not enter into any negotiations until all bombings stopped in vietnam. >> for the last two weeks word of a breakthrough in peace has swept the world. there's been no official announcement by this country until the one the president is
about to make right now. >> i have now ordered that all airmail and artillery bombardment of vietnam cease. >> there are people who are going to speculate how the president was able to bring this about five days before the election. >> johnson's so-called bombing halt was designed to push humphrey over the top. my view was it was a political ploy. >> if the democrats managed to settle the war by election day, election is over. richard nixon has no chance at all. he responds with a very radical maneuver. >> nixon tells his team to use a woman to monkey wrench the negotiations in paris. >> anna, a fundraiser of nixon campaign is telling saigon stay away from peace talks and you'll get a better deal if nixon is
elected. >> as my candidate joins me in this, neither he or i will say anything that might destroy the chance to have peace. we want peace. >> i think it's dirty pool for dick's people to be messing with the south vietnamese ambassador. anybody keep measures to all the crowd they're just tied up for a few days. >> lbj feels confident to move forward. the condition that north neat vietnam has asked for has been met. so, four-party peace talks, will happen. well in saigon november 1st, the president stands up and drops his major bombshell. >> translator: south vietnam cannot participate in the negotiations.
>> i have no more things to tell you. >> embarrassment is commonly today among americans here in vietnam particularly those of us who have acquaintances among the vietnamese. we find ourselves apologizing. >> once we heard the means were not aboard, i said let this play out, when the south vietnam thing breaks it's going to look like johnson didn't have all his ducks in a row and it's as political as can be. >> i think president johnson wen into this bombing clause with the very best intentions. i think the reason the ducks were not in a row is he was relying on an old team. a team of well-intentioned men but they're tired. i think we need a new team. a new team that won't make these mistakes. ohhh. ooh ohh here we go, here we go. you got cut off there, what were you saying?
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it all turned out. >> this is one of those special elections that many voters felt the direction of the country was really at stake. we're talking about big issues of war and peace and race relations. people are watching to see how this is going to unfold. >> nixon was asked about a last-minute polling showing humphrey slightly ahead and he said i don't consider that reliable. >> we're down three in the harris poll which says to me we're going to lose. nixon said okay. i was very pessimistic. my hands broke out in hives. >> everybody was just trying to contain their anxieties and excitement. ♪ >> everybody at this time is exhausted. we've been going at this since january. you're kind of spent, to put it mildly. so, you have to just keep the adrenaline going and the
candidate has to keep it together. >> richard nixon will win colorado, hubert humphrey according to the cbs news estimate has carried michigan. nixon will win wyoming as anticipated. >> the winner in mississippi will be wallace. >> wallace will win in louisiana. >> wallace was a problem for us. he was a terrible problem because there are five southern states wallace would take, we would have carried those states. >> wallace realized he had slipped a good bit from where he had been, he still had hopes he'd be able to throw it with the house of representatives. >> if he comes in second, if he shows substantial strength outside the south, so far as wallace is concerned any of these thing will prover his case and be a victory of sorts. >> and here's the electoral votes one that still count of
our system. >> none of these men get the electoral votes then the matter goes to the house of representatives. >> before this night is over we should know whether we have indeed chosen a president or whether our electoral system led us into a crises. >> the unbelievable mess is what -- it would take an hour to describe it and no one would understand it including me. >> hard to describe it and four years to straighten it out. >> yes, this may be the last year for the electoral college, it may be a good idea if it is. >> in the race for the presidency of the united states humphrey has taken the lead for the first time tonight. >> i can't tell you very much, i'm in the middle of it. it's kind of indicative of what's happened in this campaign, humphrey a month ago a sheer loser and today has all the earmarks of a sure winner. >> anyone who goes to bed without knowing more about what's happening in the middle east tonight could be in for a
shock in the morning. >> by midnight, nixon thinks, oh, my god. it's happening again. it looks like it's going down to illinois. >> and at that point, pat nixon wen into the bathroom and threw up because she'd been in there in 1960 and hearing what's happening again. >> i think before the morning is out hubert humphrey will be the next president of the united states. >> good morning, or if you stayed through the night with us, hello once more. >> with 26 electoral votes in illinois, richard nixon gets over the top the 287 electoral votes and that seems to be the 1968 length. >> nixon's the one, that's the natural banner for any front page tonight. there are the numbers. in short, nixon and humphrey are
separated by about 0.375 of 1%. >> i went immediately into the bedroom where nixon was propped up with his briefcase on his lap, i said, sir, you've just been declared the winner. he jumps out of bed, looks at the set, everybody is cheering and congratulating one another. >> it was vindication, validation. it was everything he dreamed of. >> it was the greatest comeback in political history and nobody could believe it. >> nixon declined to claim victory even though it was his until humphrey had conceded in a little after noon today humphrey did, with tears in his eyes. >> i never had any doubt whether td be a close fight, one way one -- it bounced one way, bounced a little the other. we got a president-elect, he's going to have my help.
>> i think the problem with the humphrey campaign it was based on sinking sand from the beginning, and that is the old democratic coalition that doesn't exist. humphrey tried to win with it one more time and he fell short. >> because richard nixon won in 1968, politicians at every level, said okay, this is the new campaign model. >> you put together an effective television campaign, he put together planned rallies where no opposition was ever in evidence. he controlled his campaign to the end and that was the most significant thing. if he won by one vote, or 10,000 or 100,000, he won. >> the basic appeal of richard nixon in 1968 is reaction. it's reaction to a world that seems to have gone mad. >> nixon was inheriting a nation that was bitterly and
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every christmas eve is for some people the first christmas who is without someone. but every christmas eve is for someone is someone that wasn't here last year. last week mrs. kennedy brought home rory kennedy. born six months after her father died. >> will this be, can this be a happy christmas in the king house hold? >> christmas will be sad for us. as it will be for many people, i think, this year.
a time like this causes people to really reflect on the deeper meaning of, say, christmas. >> as the country moved into december, what a year it's been. one of the most dramatic and consequential years in history. but out there, up there, is the great dreep of putting a man on the moon of the. >> six and a half years ago, john f. kennedy set this nation on the course to the moon. this morning, three americans are on the verge of the greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked. >> the engines are on. 4, 3, 2, 1, zero. we have liftoff.
what a beautiful flight. man perhaps on the way to the moon if all continues to go well. >> it seemed almost unbelievable the nation collectively head its breath, worrying about, are they going to make it? what happens to the astronauts, to the space program if they don't? such a miraculous thing, it's against the odds. but maybe. maybe we can make it. >> it's a good picture. we have less than 40 hours to go to the moon. >> they actually arrived at the moon on christmas eve. in order to get into lunar orbit, they have to fire the engine on the far side of the moon where there's no radio control.
>> the engine burn will slow them down from 5,700 to about 3,700 miles an hour. they'll have put themselves into lunar orbit. the first men in history to have done so and the trickiest and most dangerous part of their flight. >> you could have any one of a number of things go wrong. end up in the wrong orbit or hit the moon. >> we have to have absolute faith in everything that has ever been done to develop this rocket motor. all they can do is point it in the right direction, press a button and hope it works perfectly. >> apollo 8 houston, over. >> go ahead. >> we've got it. we've got it.
apollo 8 now in lunar orbit. there is a cheer in the room. >> it is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize what you have back there on earth. >> when they were coming around from the far side of the moon, bill anders looked through his side window and saw the earth rising. he snapped the picture. >> when the pictures started coming back of the earth from that distance, the sense of american achievement, the sense of how great the cosmos, how small we are, how fragile the earth is, all of those things began to pounce around like electricity in your brain and touch a very special part in the heart.
>> tonight the crew of apollo 8 presents a christmas eve program from the heavens. >> with a few orbits to go, they made one last television transmission. the public affairs director had said, there will be more people watching that television show than have ever witnessed any event in human history of the say something appropriate. >> for all the people back on earth, the crew of apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you. in the beginning, god created the heaven and the earth. and the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. >> to have the guys reading genesis was so spot on. whatever your concept of god was, the earth is a beautiful creation. >> good night, good luck, a merry christmas and god bless
all of you. all of you on the good earth. >> god bless them. unbelievable. >> man, that made the last week of 1968 perhaps as hopeful a moment as we could have expected. >> for those of us who lived through that time, we were landing in darkness that does not last. >> apollo 8. human kind's first orbit of the moon. sure to be written on the books of history. a year of trouble and turbulence, anger and assassination, is now coming to an ends. apollo 8 achieved every one of its major mission ames and something else. it lifted the spirits of
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