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National Press Club Luncheon Speakers

Bob Hope, July 8, 1980

Image: Bob Hope with Andrew J. “Buck” May
Bob Hope (right) with White House photographer Andrew J. “Buck” May (left), July 1980. National Press Club Archives

Comedian Bob Hope (1903-2003) treated journalists at a National Press Club luncheon on July 8, 1980, to jokes he planned to deliver later in the week during performances at Washington’s Kennedy Center Concert Hall. As part of a summer tour that coincided with the 1980 presidential election campaign, Hope’s appearances at the Press Club and Kennedy Center gave audiences the opportunity to hear the legendary funnyman gently, but pointedly, skewer those in power, a talent he had perfected since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency.... More [PDF; 251 KB]

Timings (hh:mm:ss)

Introduction: 00:00-04:50
Speech: 04:51-17:36
Q & A: 18:39-40:58

Topics of the Talk

  • 1980 U.S. Presidential Campaign: 09:24-13:11; 18:39-19:48
  • Gerald Ford: 13:30-14:00; 14:30-14:49
  • Ronald Reagan: 21:41-22:26
  • Nuclear Power: 22:27-23:34
  • Hope’s Recent Trip to China: 32:16-33:46
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