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Remembering Walter Cronkite
• Cronkite reported on the Vietnam War during the 1968 Tet Offensive. Upon returning to the United States, Cronkite made history at the end of his "CBS Evening News" broadcast on February 27, 1968, by questioning the war, "For it seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate." Although he did not see the broadcast, shortly after it aired, President Johnson told his press secretary, George Christian, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost the country." Johnson's words are included in the permanent exhibit at the LBJ Library.
• Cronkite spoke at the LBJ Library on two occasions.
• On January 12, 1973, Cronkite conducted the last interview that former President Johnson gave, which was shortly before his death. The subject of the interview was civil rights and featured a Civil Rights Symposium that had occurred at the LBJ Library in December 1972.
• On January 22, 1973, Cronkite was the first to announce Lyndon Johnson's death to the nation in the last 10 minutes of his nightly broadcast of the "CBS Evening News."
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