[The 90s Election Specials raw: Clinton bus driver]

Footage for The 90's Election Specials. Andrew Jones talks to the bus driver for Bill Clinton's cross-country trips, Bob Roulier, and then rides on the VIP bus with unidentified bus drivers.

00:00Copy video clip URL Videomaker Andrew Jones talks to the bus driver for Clinton’s motorcoach, Bob Roulier. They started from New York City with a police escort. “It’s a bus driver’s dream to do something like that.” Roulier says he got to play football with Al Gore and Clinton at a pit-stop, and recounts the general experience of driving the campaign bus.

06:33Copy video clip URL Shots of the bus exterior, and its stickers from many states.

07:20Copy video clip URL Driving with Roulier. Jones interviews him about his 1000-mile bus driving experience. Roulier tells us their route, and describes the VIP bus (“a hotel on wheels”). He calls Clinton and Gore “down to earth” and “a great team.” He tells anecdotes about the campaign trail, but nothing particularly unusual seems to have happened.

25:44Copy video clip URL Jones’ daughter says “hi” to the 90’s team.

25:56Copy video clip URL Back to Roulier’s tale. He says the trip was 5 days total. “It’s probably the only chance of my lifetime to do something like this.”

31:50Copy video clip URL Cutaway of the bus driving past the camera, and then more shots of the stickers.

33:37Copy video clip URL Roulier shows Jones some autographed magazines, and a funny picture of Indiana Jones with Clinton’s face, that he had mentioned earlier.

36:39Copy video clip URL They enter a hotel where Roulier will be staying as he explains why he likes to drive buses. They leave the hotel and Roulier drives away in the coach.

40:10Copy video clip URL Tape cuts, Jones looks at a couple of other motor coaches, but there is no sound for about a minute. A man shows Jones the interior of the VIP bus, complete with a refrigerator, several tables, and armchairs. “It’s fully outfitted like a living room.”

45:00Copy video clip URL The bus is on its way to the Columbus day parade in Springfield, Massachusetts. The man explains why their company was chosen to host the Clinton / Gore campaign. Another man for the company drove the bus for the media. “The press and the media, at first, were very impatient… they were very demanding.” He talks about the types of people that turned out to see the campaign speeches. He says that the advantage to having a motor coach is the flexibility, and the ability to make unscheduled stops.

01:00:52Copy video clip URL End of tape.


1 Comment

  1. Maureen says:

    This wonderful gentleman was named Bob Roulier, and I had the privilege of knowing him and working with him for many years. He drove for Peter Pan Bus Lines until 1995, when he retired. Just found out this morning Bob passed away last night at the age of 83. Rest in Peace, “The Silver Fox!”

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