Item Number: 992AU0722 (Record 92204)
Presidential Press Conference - February 2, 1968
Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
2 Track Mono (7.5)
A Presidential press conference in the Cabinet room of the White House on 2 February 1968. The press conference begins with a presidential briefing on the activities in Vietnam, including the Tet Offensive. President Johnson discusses the loss of equipment and the replacement of that equipment. He discusses the military aspect of the Tet Offensive, stating that the Viet Cong lost the action in the military sense of the word. He also stated that the Viet Cong objectives of Tet failed. Johnson addresses about the condition of the men of the Pueblo, and how the Pueblo incident would effect relations with South Korea. There is a short discussion of Clifford's testimony to the Senate. President Johnson was asked if he would be sending more troops to Vietnam and he refused to speculate as to how many more, if any would be sent. A reporter questions if there is any connection between the Pueblo incident and Vietnam, President Johnson replies that there is no direct evidence to that effect. President Johnson speaks about the morale of the Viet Cong and also mentions more than once that an attack had been expected and it was being dealt with, without difficulties by the U.S. military command. Relations with Russia are discussed, but not in great detail.
Presidential Press Conference, 02 February 1968, Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 18 May. 2013. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=992AU0722>.