Bibliographic List of Sources:
Johnson, Lyndon. “Withdrawal Speech.” March 31, 1968. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968-69. Volume I, pp. 469-476. Washington, D. C.: Government Printing Office, 1970. [=A]
Johnson, Lyndon. “Withdrawal Speech.” March 31, 1968. Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, Austin, TX. Video [=B]
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3 of our Governments B: of our Government A
4 And that offer was this B: That offer was this A
38 great courage and the endurance B: great courage and endurance A
38 I call your attention to the fact that that is the equivalent B: I call your attention to the fact that this is the equivalent A
45 last week, I quote, “We must make B: last week: “We must make A
48 And this will enable them B: This will enable them A
50 5 months–the support troops totaling B: 5 months–support troops totaling A
59 Now, what is at stake B: What is at stake A
61 And there is B: There is A
62 January, we thought, was a tight one B: January we thought a tight one A
64 And the Congress is now B: The Congress is now A
67 So, these times call for prudence in this land of plenty. And I believe B: These times call for prudence in this land of plenty. I believe A
68 people–be permitted to rebuild B: people to rebuild A
70 that has left the issue B: that have left the issue A
81 And I think every American B: I think every American A
86 tonight, those who, though threatened B: tonight, and those who, though threatened A
93 themselves, at peace B: themselves, and at peace A
95 battle there–fighting B: battle–fighting A
108 prospects of peace B: prospect of peace A
109 all of its ugly consequences B: all its ugly consequences A
111 commitment. And united B: commitment. United A
112 And through all time to come B: Through all time to come A
114 suspicion, and distrust, and selfishness B: suspicion, distrust, selfishness A
115 And believing this B: Believing this A
118 a strong, and a confident B: strong, a confident A