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The President's Daily Diary: March 31, 1968

On Sunday, March 31, 1968, the President spent most of the day working on the speech he would deliver that night. In the evening on live television President Johnson announced steps to limit the war in Vietnam. He closed the speech by announcing to the American people that he would not seek another term in office, saying, "With America's sons in the fields far away, with America's future under challenge right here at home, with our hopes and the world's hopes for peace in the balance every day, I do not believe that I should devote an hour or a day of my time to any personal partisan causes or to any duties other than the awesome duties of this office--the Presidency of your country. Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President." After speaking, the President took numerous calls from friends. Late in the evening he held a press conference.

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