But he also displayed his reluctance to end the war without concessions from North Vietnam. As The Times wrote, the address reflected the White House’s feeling that the many diplomats who had asked that the United States back off its aggression “have a moral obligation now to press the North Vietnamese for more serious negotiations.”
The speech received a “cool reception,” The Times reported. The war would go on for nearly six more years.
Ford: “The economy of the world is under unprecedented stress”
With much of the West facing an economic crisis — brought on, in part, by a union of oil-producing Arab nations — President Gerald Ford used his first United Nations address,
in 1974, to underscore the degree to which the world economy had become interdependent.
“Let us not delude ourselves,” he said. “Failure to cooperate on oil and food and inflation could spell disaster for every nation represented in this room.”