On September 22, 1965, President Johnson picked up the White House phone to make a call to President Khan of Pakistan. His goal was to help ease any tensions between India and Pakistan that had resulted in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965.
The only problem was that, even in the 1960s, the White House had no direct line to Pakistan and had to rely on standard overseas telephone companies for connecting the parties. In this phone call, we hear President Johnson wrestling to be understood by the overseas operator and bewildered by the communications snafus. For trivia fans, this phone call is also where we get the title of the podcast.
It's an interesting little peek into the day to day problems of being the President and trying to place an overseas phone call circa 1965.
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