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Landon Chronicles (1950): Kenneth on Presenting a Signed Picture of Truman to the Emperor of Vietnam (hour 76, clip 1)

 Digital Record
Identifier: LC76-01


  • Digitized: 1950


Summary Note

Kenneth went over to Saigon with a picture of Harry Truman autographed by the President to former Emperor Bao Dai, who had fled from Hanoi up to Hong Kong, and then later had come down to head up the government of South Vietnam with the French promising eventual independence. But the French wouldn't allow him to do much, and he sulked most of the time up in the mountains outside of Saigon, or in Paris. Everyone came to see Bao Dai as nothing but a playboy, but he was playing politics, and doing it as best he could with no power. (Length 1:11)