[White House Halloween with Betty Ford]

This tape features footage shot for TVTV's Gerald Ford's America in Washington D.C. Videomakers Skip Blumberg and Anda Korsts visit the White House during a Halloween photo-op with First Lady Betty Ford. They also interview a demonstrator dressed as Uncle Sam walking along Pennsylvania Ave.

00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with static.

00:13Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of a group of construction workers in the distance.

00:29Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of a squirrel on the White House lawn.

00:47Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of a family near the White House.

00:55Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of videomaker Anda Korsts. Blumberg asks Korsts for her thoughts on Betty Ford. Korsts states the she has little opinion on Ford, but that she strikes her as a tense person. Blumberg gathers footage of a large group of journalists and reporters as they walk deeper into the White House premises.

02:26Copy video clip URL The journalists walk onto the White House lawn and see a group of school children dressed in Halloween costumes. One of the reporters asks the children a few simplistic questions. Blumberg then asks the reporter the same questions, which irritates her. Blumberg then gathers footage of the children in costume, making a few jokes while waiting for the arrival of Betty Ford.

05:48Copy video clip URL First Lady Betty Ford makes her way out of the White House and over to the children. She greets them with candy and big smiles. Ford gives a bag of goodies to each child as photographers take pictures. This lasts for several minutes.

08:25Copy video clip URL Blumberg asks a few of the reporters if the photo op was ridiculous. No one will speak candidly on camera. A White House representative provides details on the children (names, ages, etc) to the press.

10:16Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Blumberg with a dog in a living room.

10:34Copy video clip URL A man in an Uncle Sam costume walks down Pennsylvania Ave with a sign that reads “Silent Majority GET RID of this CONGRESS Nov. 5th.” Korsts interviews the man about his views. The man talks about his lack of faith in Congress because they put Ford in office. He calls for the removal of every incumbent in Congress, and expresses concerns about inflation. He states that if nothing changes, the economy will go into a tailspin. Korsts then asks him about his costume, and he reveals that the rental was quite expensive, and that his wife was out of town and not aware of what he was doing. This lasts for several minutes.

14:20Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of a model of the White House on display in a museum. This lasts for the remainder of the tape.

15:13Copy video clip URL Tape ends.



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