A car arrives at the White House in Washington DC. President Harry S. Truman is presented a Jewish Torah by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, first President of the newly declared State of Israel. Exterior view of White House. Truman with Secretary of State, George Marshall, by the fireplace inside the White House. They discuss world affairs looking at a globe. An animated map shows the increasing Soviet Communist influence in Europe. April 3, 1948, President Truman signs the Economic Assistance Act, know as the Marshall Plan, as members of Congressional leadership look on. Sacks of grain being off loaded at a dock in Italy, as part of Marshall Plan aid. Scene shifts to October 6, 1948 with crowd gathered outside the Democratic Convention at Convention Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Convention delegates applaud during President Truman's address. Officials on stage. Truman talks about his sincere desire to promote peace throughout the world. Pictures of Franklin Roosevelt and Alben Barkley on stage. The White House. Truman seated at a table.
President John F. Kennedy addresses people of United States about recent events in Cuba from White House (during Cuban Missile Crisis). President repeats commitment of peace. He warns further action of Cubans towards collection of nuclear weapons. He gives reference of constitution and briefs seven steps he has instructed. First to halt any offensive shipment and cargo carrying weapons to Cuba. He states that they wont stop any essential goods carrier as Soviets did in 1948. He talked to foreign minister of Organization of American States(OAS) and instructed arm forces to stay prepared. Second he warns any launch by USSR to U.S. Then he tells about meeting with organization of Consultation regarding regional security arrangements. He refers about meeting with security council. He states Soviet Threat to world. President invites cChairman Khrushchev to mediate between Cuba and UN on this matter. He restates no wish to war but difficulty in living in atmosphere of timidness. President Kennedy addresses Cuban people who would be listening this telecast by special radio telecast. He states we respect justice and peace for all. He expresses sorrow for Cuban people. He pronounces Cuban leaders puppets of international conspiracy. He then asks U.S. citizen to be prepared for paying cost of freedom as sacrifice and patience. He states doing nothing to be greatest hazard. He restates U.S. commitment to never choose the way of surrender and work for freedom with peace.
1948 edition of the annual United States Congressional Baseball Game between Congressmen from Democratic and Republican parties, held at Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C. Democrats win the match 23-14 by defeating the Republicans.
View of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. View of the George Washington Bridge, and automobiles at its toll plaza (e.g. 1948 Lincoln). Cars move on New Jersey and Manhattan parkways. Street sign pointing to the 'Queens Midtown tunnel.' Trucks and cars headed toward the tunnel. Traffic entering and leaving the Lincoln Tunnel, including a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer truck. Manhattan commercial markets, where trucks deliver various food supplies. Men unloading the fresh food boxes. Fresh fish is poured into baskets outside the Geo F. Fish market. The food items are supplied to central markets and the grocery stores.
A biographical documentary shows the life of Dwight David Eisenhower who was the President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. Dwight David Eisenhower and officers salute. Others stand near him. Eisenhower with his wife Marie Geneva Doud Eisenhower and his child. He walks with his wife. Soldiers holding flags salute. Dwight David Eisenhower in a car salutes them. He sits with a woman. In 1948 he is appointed as the President of Columbia University in New York. He walks with other professors. He is being honored and appointed as the president by other personnels. He addresses the students. In Washington: A plane taxis. Dwight David Eisenhower comes out of a car. Cameramen click pictures. Dwight David Eisenhower wearing a hat stands. He enters a building. He opens his coat. He is greeted by U.S. President Harry S. Truman. The United States Capitol building.
Rail cars on the November, 1947 "Friendship Train," at a sea port in the U.S.A. Behind it is seen the funnel of the SS Exiria, of the American Export Lines. The camera moves around to show the Exiria, displaying a large American flag and words,"Friendship Food Ship," on her hull. A steam locomotive on train in France, delivering relief supplies, displays crossed American and French flags on it. Trucks on road in France, displaying French and American flags and pictures of the Freedom Train on their sides, with words:"Ravitaillement, offert spontanment au peuple de France à partir de peuple Americain." (Refueling, spontaneously offered to the people of France from American people.) The SS Exiria docked in an Italian port. A catholic priest and several nuns with a group of schoolboys, standing on the pier, wave American flags. Another group of schoolgirls, enthusiastically wave American flags. A large crowd waves several large Italian flags. President Harry S. Truman, at his desk on the White House, Washington, DC, signs the Economic Recovery Act of 1948 (AKA Marshall Plan). Secretary of State Marshall speaking in support of the legislation before Congress. Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg, of Michigan, speaking in support of the bill.