• Short Summary

    A tumultuous crowd greeted President Eisenhower July 26 when he arrived with his wife to attend the Republican National Convention in Chicago, USA, which opened the previous day.

  • Description

    A tumultuous crowd greeted President Eisenhower July 26 when he arrived with his wife to attend the Republican National Convention in Chicago, USA, which opened the previous day.

    The welcome accorded him was described as one of the most enthusiastic ever given the much travelled President. At one stage crowds swept across famed Market Street, blocking it to traffic and pedestrians alike.

    This was one occasion when the world famous Ike grin got him into trouble; handfuls of confetti thrown violently hit him in the mouth, and made him bend over, coughing.

    Travelling directly from his Newport Rhode Island holiday, President Eisenhower told wildly cheering delegates that same evening, that he had "no words of despair or doubt about my country, no doleful predictions of disaster." This was a speech designed to counter Democratic Party complaints that the United States had been allowed to become a second-rate power, and that its prestige had fallen in the eyes of foreign nations.

    He then attacked Soviet Premier Khrushchev's claim to have damaged American prestige, and challenged the Russian leader to world-wide free elections on whether people everywhere want to live under Communism or a free system. The poll to be under United Nations auspices.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5XQ06PMRK11HHFWN5CI51T1WI
    Media URN:
    VLVA5XQ06PMRK11HHFWN5CI51T1WI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/07/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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