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announcer: 50 years ago on june 5, 1968, senator robert f kennedy was shot in los angeles after winning the california presidential primary. next, robert f >> 50 years ago senator f. kennedy was shot after winning the california presidential primary. real america, robert to 1968, a 1925 50-minute cbs news special report from the evening of june 6th after the senator died from his gunshot wounds. the report covers the life and assassination of the new york democrat and is walter cronkite. >> this is a special report. is cbs news correspondent harry. >> good evening, the body of
senator robert kennedy is now in the air in a jet househed by the white and the air force heading for new york from los angeles. it left there a little bit before 4:30 new york time to southern new york. be brought to st. patrick's cathedral arriving sometime around york time tonight. tomorrow from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and longer if are lines there, it will lie in state before a requiem mass at 10:00 a.m. saturday and then to go by train from new york to washington and in a motor procession from new york's union station to go by the building and by the justice department where robert kennedy searched as attorney general burial at about 5:30 saturday afternoon in the same plot where president john kennedy lies. already there are people st. patrick's cathedral waiting for the arrival of the casket tonight.
there is our cbs news correspondent. >> st. patrick's has been scene of the funeral of a great many public figures and on saturday it's to be the scene of the high mass for senator kennedy. procession that is to bring the body of senator kennedy here isn't expected another two hours, but already there must be 1,000 people gathered on in front of stores which have the picture of senator kennedy in them. his body will arrive here in about two hours and will be cook, therence new archbishop of new york. all theseomorrow, people who are waiting here to pay their last respects senator kennedy and the
state from which he was elected to the senate will chance to view the body of the senator. it will lie in state all day before the high requiem mass on saturday morning. >> we will be there when the lands at laguardia and proceeds into st. patrick's tonight. in the meantime, we would like to present a report on of life and career senator robert kennedy with cbs news correspondent walter cronkite. weeks,e last few robert francis kennedy was enjoying himself. a good fight to fight and he was a fighter. ideals were at stake and he idealist and for a
man whose demeanor always ofgested a boyish kind shyness he really enjoyed getting out among people. he enjoyed the physical contact. refused police protection because he said that all the people wanted to do was to hurt him. not to he made a point of that. he knew that the people him andant to hurt he plunged into areas that even local mayors steered clear of and he was manhandled. something seemed to grow in the shy third brother of a in theseamily weeks of primary campaigning. the younger brother who had stayed behind the scenes and come into his own especially inthe wild final week california. >> tuesday night was a particularly joyous night. robert francis kennedy was 42 years old and had just won the victory of his life in the california presidential primary. he spoke to his supporters, cheers, invited them to chicago. senator kennedy was a very happy man as he made way out
the hotelwd into kitchen into the range of a young swarthy assailant. the senator was hit by two bullets, five other persons were also wounded as bullets kitchen.he only the senator was critically hurt. police later identified the assailant as 24-year-old, a native jor this who came to country 11 years ago. his brother is said to have police.e name to fingerprints later confirmed that identification. among the things discovered in a search of his personal effects was a newspaper clipping criticizing senator kennedy's support of united states aid to israel and a notebook with scribbled lines saying kennedy must be killed before june 5th. the suspect himself reportedly has refused to talk with police. not even tell them his name. robert kennedy was shot at 12:15 a.m. pacific coast time. end of a brilliant political and public career at the age of 42, robert was dead.nnedy
kennedyt francis born november 20th, 1925, stands behind his father patrick kennedy in this 1934 family portrait. he was eight years old, the of four sons in a family of nine children. the eldest son joseph, jr. in world war ii. john fitzgerald kennedy in 1963, three years after becoming president of the united states, sits behind his former rose fitzgerald. ms. kennedy hold the fourth son, a senator from massachusetts. kennedy went to london in 1937 as u.s. ambassador to great britain. then 11 is on the far right. the outbreak of world war ii september, 1939, brought most of the ambassador's family back home. poses aboard the s.s. washington in new york harbor with his mother and sisters.s
cathleen was killed in an in 1948. during vacation in the early 1940s, robert relaxed with the family at their winter home in palm beach, florida. strolls here with sisters jean. and he entered harvard in 1943, but left shortly after to his the navy where on request he served aboard the newly commissioned destroyer named for his brother joe in action the year before. in 1946,arvard robert posed on the steps of the varsity club with three fellow members of the team.ll he played end that year and 1948, heduating in entered law school at the university of virginia. in 1950,age came in a ceremony at st. mary's roman catholic church in connecticut. mrs. robert f.
kennedy. at right.nedy is robert received his law degree in 1951 and became known in the years immediately following. counsel for senator mccarthy's committee.ve they began raising a family years.his one of the most controversial episodes in kennedy's career, a subject often brought up by opponents over the years, was his service as assistant council to the mccarthy committee. this was 1953 when mccarthy after rocking the nation with charges of communism in high places embroiled in a battle with army officials. the stormy hearings which arose from mccarthy's claims of subversion in an army camp led to the eclipse mccarthy's career and to the resignation of robert kennedy from the committee after six months' service.
kennedy had been feuding with mccarthy's chief kohn, butoy kennedy was to return as counsel for the democrats he succeededy, him as chief counsel and staff director. in 1957, kennedy stepped into a role that was to heighten his reputation as a tough investigator. chief counsel for the senate rackets committee. he began an investigation teamsters union and found a major adversary, jamesers president huff. their exchanges were abrasive. >> did you take to find out hadher these locals members, whether these locals were gangster runs, do then?you >> mr. kennedy it was not my responsibility in the new york area to do anything and president was enjoined by martin lacy -- charged that kennedy was conducting a vendetta against him and used the worth ruthless to
describe him a word that many other critics later tod that kennedy came joke about. kennedy was often described rod kind of lightning during the successful 1960 presidential campaign of his kennedy.john f. it was robert, their associate said, who handled the tough jobs and took the leaving his brother free to accept the adulation of the grounds. by all accounts robert kennedy ran a brilliant and tireless campaign that year, working behind the scenes to persuade the politicians to support his brother while john kennedy went to the people. one political associate said recently that the one major kennedy'sn robert presidential campaign was that he did not have anyone to do the kind of job he his brother.r over robert kennedy's objections, but at the insistence of both his brother, the president and kennedyer, robert was named attorney general in his brother's cabinet. joe kennedy commented
nepotism my foot, why would anyone think that bobby needs a job? president kennedy with humor i can't say that it's wrong to give him a little legal experience before he goes to practice law. attorney general kennedy was a member of the national council and a trusted advisor to his brother. camesay it was he who up with the diplomatic ploy that solved the cuban missile crisis. brothers stood together during the dark days of integration battles at the universities of and alabama. president kennedy confided in his younger brothering him, butrs admired he made enemies during those days. in the south and the union, business during the 1962 steel price dispute. toured theedy world in february, 1962, as the second most important americane government. he met an independent president sacarna who wanted take new givenue from the dutch by force. the issuemessage,
must be settled by negotiation. the kennedys visited the in japan, but quiet gave way to the aura of american and kennedy fame. is kennedy guides, she japanese. at japanese schools and factories, kennedy was teenager's a idol. he told his hosts he wanted a minimum of ceremony, a lot meetingso-face with the people. the result was reminiscent brother's 1960 campaign. the kennedy visit to the university brought him ofether with a vast mob students, many of them hostile leftists, but in a give and take session in the would acquite himself well. there were some bruising and counters with japanese businessmen after a breakfast of clam soup, weed, crab meat and chicken with bamboo
shoots. kennedy talked about american worries about our own employment problems. from tokyo the kennedys went on to hong kong where they saw the thousands of refugees, primam rily fd many, in the city's apartment buildings. kennedy also took to the streets and was mobbed by of young chinese. the kennedy visit to vietnam saigon'sit to airport. they left the plane briefly during an hour and a half stopover. time, of course, in 1962, there were far fewer americans there than there are now. on the lush island of bali, the kennedys wore the traditional flowers and were showered by flower petals. romantice of their stops, a bit of relaxation. a stop robert kennedy could take in style in stride. on his arrival in west kennedy was met and
together they reviewed a guard of honor. he called the berlin wall shameful and before he left the city, he recorded a message for to east berlin citing the difficulties under which the residents lived. in rome, the kennedys were granted a private audience johnxiii, one of many visits the kennedy family have made. in hisnt kennedy visit a year later met with paul.ccessor pope >> those were the thousand days of the kennedy administration, the spirit of what was called camelot of a young president who had countryto get the moving again, but it all ended that terrible november day in dallas. news correspondents pick up the story as the body of president kennedy was to washington.
>> in 1964, kennedy won the democratic nomination for u.s. senator from new york. >> i accept your nomination gratefully. the campaign, kennedy's critics called him an interloper, running for york, although he lived in virginia and voted in massachusetts. insisted the basic question was who was best suited to represent the state of new york? many who were pleased that he had changed locale. >> president kennedy said have the capacity to make this the best generation in the history of man kind or make it the last. think we can make it the best generation in the history of man kind. us joinedl of together can make that difference. just walk a few
blocks and go down and register? is that asking too much? do you want to sing the song? sing a song. we shall overcome. shall overcome ♪ overcome ♪ overcome ♪ ♪someday [speaking spanish] >> very good, they said that was very good. my accent is very good, everybody. >> i think that the effort we're making against poverty, i think that the war on poverty can have an here. many of the parts of the war on poverty came out of the department of justice and
the efforts that we make to have people live decent lives, i'm in favor of that, in favor of expanding it. i don say that being elected to the united states senate is going to make disappear,ems but i think we can continue the same effort that was made in 1961. >> viva johnson. humphrey.t [speaking spanish] >> robert francis kennedy a prism, the color he gave off depended on how light.d him to the he gave everyone a choice. was the a robert kennedy to love and a robert kennedy to hate. a robert kennedy to trust, a robert kennedy to suspect.
idolaters were matched in the intensity of their affection for him only by fury of those he angered. it is easier to say who was than who isman and we all bestow greatness quicker on our artists than politicians. history will find its own place for robert kennedy. time whena physical comfort is so often the object of desire, a fearlessy adventurer whose relentless energy took him to the tops of mountains. rock-minedgerous rapids. slopes.w-covered on excursions into the african bush. he seemed driven by an urge risk his life on frequent occasions. overblownng politicians a cool political realist whose relentless was relieveds by a sometimes irrepressible sense of humor, which he expense.at his own
>> i asked my wife whether a joke.d think of she said if they look at the top of your head, they'll laugh. >> at a time when the young were confused and rebellious, he was a whotical apostle offered some hope that there was worldly pleasure to be actions.m noble >> a place that i can stand and i can move the world said archimedes. might look back and say, but it's futile. what difference can one make?dual how can he change the world? what role can he play? we look back upon the history of this country and the history of the world, we know the difference that an make.dual can >> his was the face that launched 1,000 successful magazine sales and the publishing houses almost put forwardmed books with that salable face on the cover. there was never a letup. and it went, but at the bbed more than it flowed. just when it seemed to be
he made another speech critical of u.s. wrote an vietnam, sharply worded letter to anther democrat, made impolitic mark at a press wholeence and the nation was caught up again with his very specialness. there was always the assumption of his great by hisity both friends and his enemies. they assumed he would some day reach the white house, yet no politician in modern times engendered such andemes of devotion distrust. it was in all probability because of an unusual set of factors, some peculiar to american life. against each other, working to his advantage and his disadvantage. there was his public identification with his brother, john f. kennedy in golden years of the new frontier. he was associated with the glamor of the early '60s the white house had youth, style and a french chef and government looked fun.
he seemed capable of endowing his followers many of whom embarrassed him by running ahead with a zest for the notion that a single person can make this a world. >> we can't find answers to them completely, but at least we'll face them and at least we'll make progress them. >> his appeal was most obvious for the country's youth, particularly its college students. them they were important, that they must participate even though in government, industry and education did not trust them. trusted them. greaterave much stake than any of the rest of us because you get the least ties to the past and really to the present and the greatest stake in the future. much more than any of those that are presently within so what we do and the decisions that we make obviously have the greatest on all of you. to make your voices heard and to work for policies and programs that you're in, not just to leave this school and turn
your back on all of these matters i think is essential. say i don't have any any easy way, but i would tell you it can make a difference. jokedert kennedy about lowering the voting age to 12. after 25 he said. but kennedy's identification with the young was also a personal one because he was young. he looked young, and he acted as if he always would be young. many of those who worshiped came to worship robert. robert was a strange hero. most american heroes have given up something important attain their goal. money, pleasure, pride, or power. he seemed to have renounced these. robert's family of 10 were based most of the here at the 10-acre hickory hill estate. what ethel calls bobby's backyard. lively and sympathetic interest in each child, whether it was the
attempt att swimming or the eldest son's choice of a school. cathleen, joe, bobby, david, kerry,y, michael, christopher, matthew, douglas, and neither was he to note their friends, rumus, panda, freckles, and battle star dogs and the horses and the iguanas and the rabbits thethe turtles and geese. there will be another child he will never know. kennedy's wealth estimated at $10 million, his energy and his eternal youth him with great mobility. it was hard to tell where he next.turn up they had, for example, one gay time on the upper hudson of new york's river when seven of their 10 wagonen and a station full of relatives, they led an expedition of rubber canoes and kayaks into midstream and had a
ball. skied at sun valley the hills were covered with happy kendies. his form was described as graceful, but damned aggressive. it must have seemed to many that kennedy's life was a merry-go-round of glamorous people, births, balls and a life where no moment was left unfilled but these were the events that filled the cracks in his life. for the most part, his life work, only less
hard perhaps because he loved play.s he it is some small consolation to know that he lived more in 42 years than most would live in 80. the kennedy critics saw this forillions expended fun, political power and public image, but robert kennedy's life was not a happenings. he had staked out new ground on basic public policies and recent months he had spoken out often on the three most inflammatory vietnam, civil rights, poverty. each time he took what was took it ae, he minority position. has made great progress, which is true and that he should be satisfied patient, which is neither true nor realistic.
[applause] thend if any man claims negro should be content or satisfied, let him say, let say he would willingly change the color of his skin and go to live in the negro section of any of our major cities. [applause] somehappen to have differences of some importance with the administration in connection with vietnam. but i don't think that the or solution to vietnam is to question the patriotism of those that we with.ee >> and i don't think that we've been putting enough of our resources into the fight against poverty over the period of the last few years. now, undoubtedly the reason is because of the cost of vietnam, but we the warst year in
against poverty, we always spent about the equivalent of two and a half weeks of war in vietnam, and i think we can do better than that. >> the word ruthless was probably first applied to the senator 10 years ago when he was the combative senateounsel for the rackets committee. his style seemed tough to democrats.ine ed.seemed too sophisticat he pursued the demons of segregation, racketeering and price rigging in a manner many thought too zealous. in listening to people talk about robert kennedy, it was hard to believe they were talking about the same man. abrasive.ch too he's much too rude. >> he's terribly concerned him. the people around he's terribly concerned general.ple in >> he's been built up with this almost idolatry around guess he just
feels that -- that everybody should defer to what he wants and to accept his problems.n all >> i think it stems mostly from the fact that he's had the courage of his courageons and the to do what he thinks was right and take it head on and so people that don't what he's done have said he's ruthless. >> i would describe bob as loyal.ed and i would qualify that by saying that bob believes so ends he is the pursuing that he is not overscrupulous about the means he employs. a strong individual in the sense of character and determination. but i don't think he's
ruthless if that's what you mean. determined. persistent. >> ethel kennedy was asked if it ever hurt. some raree on occasions when somebody says him.hing about mudd.talked to roger >> i'll be nice to you. >> very nice, but most still have the view -- >> most? >> well, i suppose that's the public in prints, people are not surprised by -- they think an ulteriorys motive in what you do. that -- >> is that what? >> is that accurate? >> no. no. what did you think i was going to say? >> is this something that's gotten started and you can't do anything to stop it? the public image that you have? >> i don't know. >> how did it went to
started? >> i don't know. i don't know. i don't know. >> the mccarthy thing and hoffa thing? the '60s campaign. ini suppose i've been positions which, but i don't exactly. i don't know. >> but robert kennedy had many constant reminders of his great popularity. his importance and the significance of his life. an average of 50 speaking invitations a day six days a week. not unusual for him to receive 2,500 letters in a single day. kennedy used every minute of his day. he walked from his office to in all weather not for exercise or recreation. it was five minutes away from 2,500 letters a day for a briefing by a knowledgeable aide. muchngs occupied robert kennedy's time, but they did not satisfy his orl range of interests curiosity about the subject.
>> do you know anything program? poverty >> no sir. >> have you ever heard of head start? >> no sir. >> nice to see you. >> kennedy worked hard for his new state, new york, and he earned the grudging respect of many of his colleagues who had opposed him in 1964. his first year in the senate he compiled a amarkable record for senior senator and he was only a freshman. no matter what he accomplished it was too to satisfy his soaring ambitions to do and to move and to make things go. asked whether the senate was a satisfying place to be. it's at times frustrating, the fact that that you can't get more done and you find there are matters that really require immediate attention and emergency matters and that you feel strongly that the an area of the
country would be better off or a group of people in a part of our society would tookbetter lives if we a particular course of action and to see it go on day and that's frustrating. if you're in the executive branch of the government or expect or the executive branch of the government here in washington it's much more possible to take an action and see some results from it immediately. that's not possible in the senate so is think that that part is frustrating. >> just watching the senate action, it occurs to me that senators have one characteristic in common and vanity. is that an accurate observation? once saidomebody about the fact, you know, in presiding officer is called the president and when somebody says mr. president 100 pairs of eyes look up. i suppose that's everybody outolitics and you're in front of crowds and to some extent you begin to think that that you say is
and significant and because people clap when up, people clap at the beginning, they clap at the end. >> do you think about president? >> well, i'm not being it.id about making any plans to run or decision that i will run or knowing that at some future time the history i'mhe united states going to run for president, i don't. i mean, quite frankly, i don't. just because i don't think that you can plan the future all. >> on march 16th, senator kennedy had made up his mind to make the race for president. >> i run for the presidency because i want the democratic party and the states of america to ofnd for hope instead despair, for reconciliation thean instead of growing risk of world war. because it is now
unmistakenly clear that we these disastrous, divisive policies only by the men who are now making them. aside fromand the contest that will decide our nation's future and our children's future. the remarkable new hampshire campaign of senator eugene mccarthy has proven how deep are the presence of party andthin our within our country. that, my presence in the race would have been seen as a clash of personalities rather than issues. is now that that fight won, over policies, which i have long been challenging, i must enter that race. the fight is just beginning. believe that i can win. the not lightly dismiss
dangers and the difficulty incumbentging an president. but these are not ordinary times and this is not an ordinary election. at stake is not simply the of our party and is ourr country; it right to the moral .eadership of this planet >> it was just four days after senator mccarthy's in newg performance hampshire that senator cepdy set out to capture the democratic nomination. criticized by those who said he should have gone into new hampshire himself and by those who said her not have stolen the spotlight so abruptly from saidthy, but kennedy the crucial issues of war and poverty dividing the country made it essential run and he said the people would understand his message. although kennedy was shy andy a rather reserved man he relished the almost bruising contact with
swelled andhat roared around him as they had for his brother. occasionally in all the affection he lost a tie clip, hanker chief, even a shoe, anything his admirers could get their hands on, but he smiled some said all and he needed physical proof of his popularity, tangible evidence that he was the the people. this was a campaign in which he seemed more relaxed and good humored than ever before, a time in which he could laugh at himself and the persistent charges of his critics that he was too ambitious. be as the seventh of nine children just to survive and i developed a hisering sty audience. >> so will you give me your vote? >> yes. you give me your hand? >> yeah. >> and are we going to win on tuesday >> yeah! we'll win the chicago convention in august? >> yeah. >> and we'll win the election in november? >> yeah. >> and we'll make a difference for our citizens
here in the united states of america. [cheering and applause] >> if i had hair like that i place.et elected any >> throughout the campaign he emphasized his concern forgottenor and in a rich country. he said the ghettos must be transformed into places beings could live decently, that the rich must be taxed more heavily to help pay for a better society, that the great divisions of class and color must be bridged over. himself as the candidate of peace and reconciliation and of a spirit. questing the spirit of a new style of politics. was frequently with him contributing to the image of youth and high spirits. those close to kennedy said it particularly disturbed him that mccarthy had won of so many of the young, but kennedy, too, was the favorite of many young people to whom he directed his primary messages of peace in vietnam and the rest of the world home.stice at
this was a campaign of early triumphs for kennedy. nebraska, and then defeat in the oregon primary, the first time a kennedy had lost an election. but then the tide turned for him in south dakota and california. talked confidently about convention.the >> tuesday night began as the high point in kennedy's campaign. won the california primary, the won he had to win to stay in the race, but statement turned out to be his last speech before disaster. cbs news correspondent terry drinkwater reports. >> what i think -- what i think is quite clear is that we can work together in the analysis and that what has been going on within the united states over the period of the last three divisions, the violence, the disenchantment with our society, the divisions, whether it's between blacks and whites, between the poor and the affluent or age groups
or the war in vietnam that we can start to work greater, we are a country and a selfless compassionate country and i intend to make that my basis for running. so may thanks to all of you and on to chicago and let's there. thank you. >> kennedy left the platform quickly to escape the shoving celebrating admirers. he went through a side door pantry next to the hotel kitchen and there it happens. begins fivelm seconds after the shots were fired. [yelling]
>> five others were also wounded, none is in critical condition now. here!need a doctor >> where's the doctor? >> is there a doctor? >> the suspect, now identified as sir han sir grabbed by the two kennedy men. then he was led by police the ballroom and the hotel. some of the officers had to protect him from the crowd. several kennedy supporters, bystanders who were close to hysteria at this point and there was the suspect's safety. [crowd yelling angrily] >> officers found newspaper clippings attacking kennedy. the blue man in shirt with dark complexion side of the squad
car. two of the others who were hit were brought back to the ballroom by then most people knew what had happened. seven minutes before, this room was the place of kennedy's finest political triumph. at this moment, kennedy was taken on a stretcher from the hotel to an ambulance. doctor ine's a the house i want to see him right here. everybody else please stay back. bearingmbulance senator kennedy arrived first at central receiving hospital, then three of the other wounded were brought in. doctors inside discovered thethe first time critical nature of kennedy's wounds. they quickly decided to transfer him to good samaritan hospital where the facilities were better for delicate brain surgery.
the people weep for the kennedys. perhaps they should weep, too, for themselves. walter cronkite reporting. >> we will return in five seconds after station identification. >> this is cbs. >> the plane bearing the body of senator kennedy has passed pittsburgh headed for york. at laguardia airport is cbs news correspondent morton dean. >> the hot springs sun has just begun to disappear and the crowds have begun to here at the private aviation section of laguardia airport. long flight from los angeles, the four hour flight will soon be over. the presidential jet is expected here sometime within the hour. the boeing 707 carries the
senator's body, his wife and three of the 10 kennedy children and some 70 friends of robert kennedy, many familiar names in the arts, show business and sports. the kennedy airport, funeral cortege or from kennedy airport named after late senator's brother john f. kennedy is several miles from here and serves the metropolitan new york area. but here, from laguardia, the funeral cortege will into manhattan, a slow ride that should attack approximately 40 minutes. in statewill lie at st. patrick's cathedral. the magnificent cathedral on in midtowne manhattan. security here is very extensive. plainclothes policemen from all levels of government from police forces on all levels of government, new york city, the state, some security allts from washington also here. and the residentials of press people being checked very carefully.
the crowd being restricted fence.rea beyond the the crowd will be some oh, yards from air force one when it lands here at laguardia. due again the plane is here sometime within the hour. atton dean, cbs news, laguardia airport. >> following the reckrium mass on saturday morning in the train trip from new york to washington, the body of senator kennedy will be taken through the of washington and past buildings which played a part in his career. cbs news correspondent bruce route.traces the >> this is washington's union station where the train bringing the body of senator robert kennedy from new york will arrive. from here the procession will depart for arlington cemetery. it will not be elaborate. it will not be military. travelsill as it these familiar washington streets echo much of robert
kennedy's life. >> just a few blocks from union station are the senate buildings. in the old office building caucus roombig where robert kennedy first fame as the counsel for the labor rackets committee. that was the role in which his fiery verbal battles with the teamster leader james hoffa. senator, robert kennedy came back to a suite of offices in the new senate office building. he liked a breath of fresh day.uring a working and in good weather and bad he used to enjoy the walk buildingoffice back and forth to the capitol, even though he was often stopped, besieged by wanting a picture or an autograph. thehe procession, motorcade, will swing next down pennsylvania avenue, of government office buildings, past the justice department where
robert kennedy during his brother's administration, served as attorney general. years of controversy, years of landmark decisions in the of civil rights. the avenue swings up past department, almost the reverse of the route taken during a presidential inaugural. the white house where senator kennedy, then attorney general, remembered the late nights during the missile crisis. hadwhite house which he hoped this year to claim in his own right. motorcade will head south past the lincoln memorial, past resurrection home of the poor people, who in an almost were theway special constituency of this man so driven by compassion for the poor, the thedvantaged of country. memorialross
bridge to arlington national cemetery. life sinceedy's 1963 has echoed to that earlier tragedy in dallas. echos, that sense of history reenacted, grew with decisionennedy's to seek the presidency, grew campaign as a voice with a familiar accent, a familiar cadence, andred crowds to memory to new enthusiasm. so it is fitting that the here atshould end the grave of the late president where the terrible echo sounds the loudest, where past and present violence will meet. news,morton cbs arlington national cemetery. >> this is dan rather at the white house. president johnson just a short while ago signed into law the new bill officially secretaryg service protection for all presidential candidates and their families. congress this afternoon also agreed finally on federal gun control legislation, but
bill primarily deals with handguns. strong asearly as what president johnson has been suggesting. thever, before shooting, mr. johnson might have accept the bill as the best he could get this year. he and thenks country can do better. this afternoon, he read a letter to the speaker of the the president of the senate, urging, demanding might be the better description, much sweeping gun control legislation. >> today, i sent the following statement to the speaker of the house and to the vice president, the president of the senate. cries out nation to the conscience of the congress. theinal violence from muzzle of a gun has once toin brought heartbreak america. surely this must be clear beyond question. the hour has come for the to enact a strong
and effective gun control governing the full range of lethal weapons. have sought and i have fought for such a law through all the days of my presidency. on many occasions before, i spoken of the terrible toll inflicted on our people by firearms. americans dead since the turn of the century. haveis far more than died at the hands of all of our enemies in all of the have fought. sorrow and suffering that counted andbe fear that can never be measured. year in this country, guns are involved in more than 6,500 murders. with 30 ines
england, 99 in canada, 68 in and 37 inny japan. aggravated assaults guns initted with america each year. 50,000 robberies are committed with guns in year.a each i have told the congress and have told the nation of brutal loopholes in our laws.'s 2 million guns were sold in states last year. far too many of those guns were bought by the demented deranged, the hardened criminal and the theict, the addict and
alcoholic. these cannot expect irresponsible people to be prudent in their protection us. but we can and we have a the congressct of the united states to from them. weapons of destruction can be purchased by mail as fruit as baskets of or cartons of cigarettes. must eliminate the dangers of mail order murder this country. congress has begun to take some action. the senate has passed a version of the gun control law. i sent to the congress some with my recommendations. the house has taken action the senate bill.
but this halfway measure is enough. it covers adequately only transactions involving handguns. it leaves the deadly shotgunsin lethal without effective control. 55 long months after the mail order murder of kennedy. john f. so today, i call upon the ofgress in the name sanity, i call upon the congress in the name of safety and in the name of an aroused citizenship to give a gun control law that american citizens need. i urge the congress to make it unlawful to sell rifles
shotguns as well as handguns by mail order. to makehe congress it unlawful to sell rifles and shotguns as well as handguns to persons who are too young to bear the responsibility that's placed in the hands of a gun owner. congress and plead with it to make it unlawful to sell rifles and as handgunswell in one state to the another state. this will not prevent legitimate hunters or sportsmen from purchasing firearms, but with this reinforced law, we can then the properates incentive to shape their own gun control legislation and country can at long last of systematic safeguards for all of our citizens.
and today, i am asking each of the governors of the 50 immediately and to comprehensively review their amend themd to where necessary and rewrite them in order to fully the citizens of the states that they serve, them from the deadly weapons that are now up dangerous hands. the few must no longer prevail over the interests of the many. when i last appealed to the congress on this suggest again, and that was only a this ago, i asked question: what in the name it takeience will to pass a truly effective gun control law? in this new hour of
tragedy, that question at last be answered. us now spell out our in construcve action. >> part of what the mind is ahas in minimum age of 18 for the purchase of rifles and already is the suggested age by congress for the purchase of handguns. white house aides say that he has never seen disturbedn more and the president has been over the failure of congress to enact stronger gun legislation. mr. johnson now is plainly hoping that public pressure wakeed pressure in the of senator robert kennedy's death will prod congress to come up with a stronger bill. dan rather cbs news, the white house. midnightng after on june 5th, 1968, new york senator robert f.
kennedy was shot and mortally wounded in the los angeles ambassador hotel. he had just delivered a victory speech after winning the california presidential primary. the next day. next on american history tv, from arlington national cemetery commemorating the 50th anniversary of his assassination. former president bill clinton delivered remarks to an audience that included rfk's family. the organization founded in 1968 >> ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the invocation by father matt malone. >> let us pray. we meet not in a moment of mourning, but in an hour of hope. for this memorial is not only our