President of France addresses a Joint Session of the 82nd Congress about the perils of postwar isolationism.
Washington DC USA Date:1951, April 2 Duration:1 min 5 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Vincent Jules Auriol, President of France, is ceremonially escorted into a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, where he is about to speak. He is followed by Vice President Alben W. Barkley and House Speaker, Sam Rayburn (who later take their places as presiding officers). The audience gives Auriol a standing ovation, with applause. continuing, as he ascends the podium. Barkley and Rayburn are seated behind him. President Auriol's remarks, as reported in the press (not heard in this clip, which has no sound) focus on the need to reject isolationism in the postwar world. Among other things, he reportedly tells the joint session of Congress the French people have learned from bitter experience that "isolation is death" and that "right without might is powerless." The Congress applauds him after his address.
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