Raw footage for The 90's election specials. Outside and inside a fundraising dinner for President George H.W. Bush at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. There are several protest groups outside of the Hyatt, including The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and the Illinois Coalition to End Homelessness, contrasting with the fancy, $1000 per plate dinner inside.
00:00Copy video clip URL Homeless people on the street gathered in protest of Bush’s visit in front of the Hyatt Regency hotel. Another protest on the other side of the street advocates freedom in Haiti.
05:55Copy video clip URL Homeless advocate Mike Murrowby (?) from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless: “We’re setting up a soup line… President Bush is having a $1,000 a plate fundraiser, and we have a 100,000 people that are homeless in the state and going hungry.” A large banner that says “End the American Nightmare: Homelessness.”
10:43Copy video clip URL An interview with Jack Graham, a homeless politician running for a congressional seat in Illinois’ 17th district. Graham explains why he is running: “In order for government to handle all of the problem that it faces, it has to have representation from every constituency out there. Right now that doesn’t happen.”
19:54Copy video clip URL Soup and bread are served to the homeless.
23:45Copy video clip URL Videomaker Skip Blumberg enters the Hyatt, where the fancy dinner is beginning, talking to some of the guests about various candidates.
34:00 Chicago socialite/author/Bush fundraiser Sugar Rautbord is interviewed at her table. She talks about how successful the fundraising dinner has been.
41:38Copy video clip URL The President and Mrs. Bush arrive, and the Star Spangled Banner is sung off-camera by a young girl. Blumberg talks to an enthusiastic man with a handlebar mustache who has a polaroid of Bush, and scans the crowd.
51:23Copy video clip URL Bush goes onstage to speak about his campaign for four more years in office: “I’m convinced that together we can renew the miracle of American enterprise.”
53:38Copy video clip URL End of tape.