Address Before a Joint Session of Congress, November 27, 1963

  • Address before a Joint Session of the Congress

  • Lyndon B. Johnson

    Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Members of the House, Members of the Senate, my fellow Americans:

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  • All I have I would have given gladly not to be standing here today.

  • The greatest leader of our time has been struck down by the foulest deed of our time.

  • Today John Fitzgerald Kennedy lives on in the immortal words and works that he left behind.

  • He lives on in the mind and memories of mankind.

  • He lives on in the hearts of his countrymen.

  • Lyndon B. Johnson

    No words are sad enough to express our sense of loss.

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  • No words are strong enough to express our determination to continue the forward thrust of America that he began.

  • The dream of conquering the vastness of space--

  • the dream of partnership across the Atlantic--

  • and across the Pacific as well--

  • the dream of a Peace Corps in less developed nations--

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    the dream of education for all of our children--

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  • the dream of jobs for all who seek them and need them--

  • the dream of care for our elderly--

  • the dream of an all-out attack on mental illness--

  • and above all, the dream of equal rights for all Americans, whatever their race or color--

  • these and other American dreams have been vitalized by his drive and by his dedication.

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    And now the ideas and the ideals which he so nobly represented must and will be translated into effective action.

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