Description: NEWSFEED: DECEMBER, 2002, SNOW, ARI FLEISCHER, STROM THURMOND BIRTHDAY, BOB DOLE, TRENT LOTT ; PRESS CONFERENCE: INT Z-in to man talking head behind podium full of microphones (no audio), z-out WS other man talking head ; SNOW: DX Hi-angle WS Snow-covered city street w/traffic (foggy, could be virtually anyplace & any time) ; PRESS CONFERENCE: STROM THURMOND/TRENT LOTT, MESS, 12/2002, BIRTHDAY PARTY, INT CU Ari Fleischer talking head at podium ; SNOW: DX Repeat of shot from before on snow-laden city street as traffic keeps on rolling by ; STROM THURMOND: INT WS !HOLY COW! Here we are at Strom Thurmond's birthday party (he's 100 years old today, people) ; STROM: WS Banquet hall filled w/suits & politicians w/Strom's photo projected on wall in BG, MS Strom sits in chair on stage ; STROM: CU Photo of young Strom shaking hands w/young Richard Milhouse Nixon, VAR People shaking Strom's hand....weird people are into this guy: a really hot blond, a sweet-looking motherly type, others..STROM: INT WS Hall full of people w/slide-show of Strom's life in BG ;STROM: Seriously -5 blonde women surround Thurmond & hug & kiss him.. He's like a cross between the Pope & Hugh Hefner ; STROM: WS Banquet hall, WS Strom sits onstage (just noticed he's in a wheelchair) still surrounded by blondes & shaking hands ;STROM: CU Strom shakes a Marine's hand, WS Strom! Still surrounded by blondes! One has knee-length leather boots! He's 100! ;STROM: CU Strom as he shakes hands & looks crazy: VAR; STROM: oh no! Nice-looking black couple greet Strom & shake his hand.. ; Don't they know he ran for president on an anti-civil rights platform in 1964? That wasn't a single issue: that was his platform! ;STROM: VAR People stream by to greet Strom (much faster now, I think we're thru w/blondes & VIPs) ; STROM: Ah Ha! CU Photo of Strohm w/family (kids & grandkids): all blond! Half of the blond girls from before were kin ; STROM: Look who's here VAR Bob Dole hangs out & chats (he's having a good time), MS Strom keeps shaking hands onstage ; STROM: MS An enormous cake w/100 lit candles w/Strohm looking on in BG, VAR 4 people slowly blow all the candles out ; STROM: CU Thurmond w/big red lipstick kiss on his 100 year old forehead blows out one candle held in front of him ; STROM: WS Applauding crowd w/lots of photographers in FG, CU Blonde daughter talking head@ podium, CU Strom talking head ; STROM: WS Strom & family on stage w/huge crwod in FG, MS Bob Dole joins Strom onstage & hands blond a placard ;..Odd! The placard congratulates Thurmond on being a Grandpa of a baby due in July 2003....I find it hard to believe a 100 year old man has yet to garner grandkids..STROM: YES! This is what I've been waiting for! Dole calls Trent Lott onto the stage & he takes the podium w/ purpose ; STROM: VAR Lott leads in singing 'God Bless America' VAR Pans crowd singing, CU Strom tries to keep up (yet again, he is 100) ; STROM: WS Strom wheeled off-stage by blonde daughter (shaking hands all the way), VAR WS People mill around in hall ;..Shucks.. I was hoping we'd have Trent Lott's speech. He got in a ton of trouble because hesays he voted for Strom back in '64 ; ..you know, when Strom ran on an anti-civil rights platform....Lott suggests in the speech that if Strom had won back then we'd have far fewer problems today...
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