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.
President John F Kennedy delivers 'Integration speech' at White House, Washington DC, addressing issues of race discrimination, civil rights, and racial integration. He says he will ask Congress to pass legislation giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities that are open to the public, thus banning separate facilities for whites and blacks, also known as "Jim Crow" discrimination laws. Kennedy says this is an elementary right. He further notes that Jim Crow laws are an "arbitrary indignity that no American in 1963 should have to endure." Scene of White House. United States flag flying on the White House. Cameramen with motion picture and film cameras. President Kennedy arrives and sits.
U.S. President John F Kennedy during a recording at the White House for national television. View of cameramen and multiple film cameras setup to record the President. Brief view of exterior of White House and semi-circle driveway. Inside, two different men stand at the podium for sound or lighting checks before the President speaks. Next, the film take begins and the President addresses viewers. (The next clip in this series includes audio; this clip has no audio). The subject of the speech is the President's recent trip to Europe.
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.)
Governors of various states and other government officials visit the White House to pay last respects to the Kennedy family following the assassination of President John Kennedy. Former President Truman enters the White House to pay respect to the slain president, and as he comes out with Major General Henry Vaughan (Truman's military aide), photographers flock around his car to take pictures. White House police men are seen on duty. Members of cabinet and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara also reach the White House to mourn the death of the former President. Chief Justice Warren and Mrs. Warren, President Johnson and Mrs. Johnson, Senator of Massachusetts Leverett Saltonstall, Illinois Senator Dirksen, Chief of Protocol Andrew Bittle Duke, General Curtis Lemay of the Air Force, Secretary of the Air Force Eugene Zuckert and his wife, General Maxwell Taylor Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff all arrive at the White House to pay last respects to the former president John F.Kennedy. Mrs. Warren weeps as she comes out of the White House.
Group of U.S. Senators and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson greet U.S. President John F Kennedy in the White House, Washington DC. Also present is Sir Alec Douglas, home from the United Kingdom. The President signs the Nuclear Test Ban Agreement (treaty had been signed in Moscow by both parties on August 5, 1963). Photographers take pictures. Close ups of signed treaty.