Here are video clips of Walter Cronkite’s original February 27, 1968 CBS Evening News Broadcast on the Tet Offensive and also an oral history from Cronkite about that pivotal TV moment recorded in 1999. Explain why this was such a pivotal moment in the history of US involvement in Vietnam.
The result of rising anti-war sentiment in the Democratic primaries and clear signposts of mainstream concern from sources such as Cronkite’s February special report convinced President Lyndon Johnson to announce on March 31, 1968 that he would not seek reelection after all. Here is the full broadcast of his address to the nation that evening. His remarks on quitting the presidential race begin around the 38 minute mark.