Lewis L. Strauss, chairman of the AEC, once remarked that he would never forget the scene following Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace speech. The president, his eyes glistening with emotion, sat almost meekly in his high-backed chair on the rostrum as delegates to the U.N. General Assembly filled the hall with applause. Throughout his twenty-minute presentation, the 3,500 delegates had listened in silence as the president declared that his country's purpose was "to help us move out of the dark chamber of horrors into the light, to find a way by which the minds of men, the hopes of men, the souls of men everywhere, can move forward toward peace and happiness and well being."