Scene of the White House. Various scenes of President John F Kennedy working in his office in the White House in Washington DC. President Kennedy at his desk, and with advisors. President arrives at Cape Canaveral on November 16, 1963 for a tour and to witness a Polaris missile launch. Scenes of John F. Kennedy talking with NASA personnel and watching a rocket launch. Wernher Von Braun is seen with Kennedy. Audio includes Kennedy's statement from 1962 at Rice University when he said "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon, and returning him safely to the earth." President Kennedy views models of space craft and listens to NASA engineers. View of President Kennedy at the White House presenting the NASA Distinguished Service Medal to astronaut John Glenn on February 23, 1962, after Glenn's successful Friendship 7 mission. A helicopter carrying President John Kennedy lands on a ship on November 16, 1963. A sailor blows a whistle. President meets officers on the ship and is seen on the bridge. President Kennedy observes the under water launch of a Polaris missile through binoculars. President Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B Johnson with a Navy officer looking at a system used to operate and launch rockets. Audio overlay includes a speech by Kennedy reflecting on the threat of nuclear war.
Views of President John F. Kennedy presenting the 1962 Harmon International Aviation trophies to Lieutenant Colonel William R. Payne, Miss Jacqueline Cochran, Commander Malcom D. Ross and Mrs. Victor A. Prather who accepted the award for her late husband. A gathering outside White House, journalists at the function.
October, 1962, U.S. Air Force U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, tail number 56-6707, of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, lands at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. View of Photographic evidence, brought back by the U-2, showing Soviet missiles being set up in Cuba. President John F. kennedy broadcasts to the nation about the crisis on October 22, 1962, announcing measures being taken by the USA to address the situation. A B-58 Hustler bomber landing. Airmen removing camera from nose of a reconnaissance aircraft. Air Force Sergeant, photo interpreter, reading wet film in a base laboratory. U.S. Naval officers and sailors in Command Center viewing large wall map of the world. U.S. Air Force SAC B-52 bombers taking off. View of United Nations Headquarters building in New York City. On October 25, 1962, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Adlai Stevenson, confronts Soviet Ambassador Valerian Alexandrovich Zorin about missiles in Cuba.He looks at Zorin, and says,"Don't wait for the translation, yes, or no." Zorin smiles as the room fills with laughter. He then responds. View of a Soviet ship bound for Cuba being monitored by a U.S. aircraft overhead. Pilot in cockpit of the aircraft. View from U.S. aircraft flying low past a Soviet ship. Crew in cockpit of the aircraft. Soviet ships turning away. Helicopter flying over sandy beach area of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. The helicopter parked and Undersecretary of State, Averell Harriman, steps from the helicopter and is later seen with President Kennedy, and Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, at the President's Weekend White House. Harriman reports on the successful negotiation of a limited nuclear test ban treaty. Glimpse of Moscow. U.S. Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, Soviet Foreign Minister,Andrei Gromyko, and British Foreign secretary, Alexander Douglas-Home, are seen signing the document for their respective nations, August 5, 1963.
The White House past and the present. Aerial view of The White House in Washington DC in the late 1950s. Scene with 1950s cars parked and moving in parking areas and roads in front of the White House. Visitors walking on the White House grounds near the North Portico. View of a Birch tree planted by wife of President Calvin Coolidge and Magnolia trees by President Andrew Jackson. View of the south portico entrance and the north entrance of the White House. Plans and sketches of of The White House. Portraits of President John Adams and his wife Abigail Smith. Portrait of President Thomas Jefferson. Plan of the east and the west wing of The White House. Illustration of British attack on The White House. Portraits of President James Madison and his wife Alley. Portrait of President George Washington. Portrait of President James Monroe. Picture of President Abraham Lincoln. Footage of President Lincoln's study room, and his bedroom with its custom bed over 8 feet in length. Sketch of President Benjamin Harrison taking oath. Still images of ornate furnishings in the White House during Harrison's tenure. Still images of more simplified furnishings in the White House under Theodore Roosevelt. Picture of President Theodore Roosevelt with sons. Aerial view of the new west wing area enlarged for White House office use. Still photo of Theodore Roosevelt writing. Footage of President Woodrow Wilson signing a bill at his desk, with a crowd of officials standing by. Footage of United States Military officers and French General Ferdinand Foch and other French military officers entering the White House to meet with President Harding on October 29, 1921. (Foch was touring the U.S. and being officially thanked for his leadership in World War I.)
American astronaut John Glenn being welcomed after he successfully orbited the earth in a spacecraft. John Glenn and Annie Glenn in Washington D.C. Women in coats and holding umbrellas. Two women talk and drink hot coffee. A policeman controls the crowd. Water flows on the road due to rains. Spectators stand on either side of the road. The White House in the background. The door of the White House and people stand at the side of the door. A policeman enters the White House gate. Men with camera on a podium. A television in the garden . Two officers step from their car. People stand behind the tied ropes. A car carrying the Glens and President Kennedy arrives at the White House and is met by Vice President Lyndon Johnson. John and Annie Glenn leave the car, escorted by the President and Vice President. Men take pictures. U.S. President John F. Kennedy, John and Annie Glenn and Lyndon B. Johnson walk into the White House, followed by their children, David and Carolyn,and other officials. Newsmen and television reporters broadcast live from the White House lawn.
Activities during Cuban Missile Crisis in the United States. U.S. Government officials arriving at the White House in Washington DC to address the Cuban missile crisis. CIA Director John McCone and Vice President Lyndon Johnson seen arriving at the White House. President John F. Kennedy addresses the American people on October 22, 1962, announcing discovery of Soviet missiles in Cuba and imposing a U.S. naval "quarantine" on Cuba. Animation showing areas of naval quarantine. The U.S. Capitol in a night time view. Night view of the State Department Building and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Interior views in the Pentagon show offices and signs for Office of Secretary of Air Force; Office of U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff; Office of Chief of Naval Operations; Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Office of the Secretary of Defense. View in a meeting room of Robert McNamara, the Secretary of Defense, standing at a microphone.