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.
SCU. Sign 'Thank you Ike'.
LTV. Mass crowds.
LTV. Massed crowds lining roadside.
SV. PAN. Ditto.
LTV. Motorcade through streets.
CU. Ike being showered with confetti.
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Background: 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.