Kenneth R. Dooley
Tailored from “Dooley Famous,” to be revealed by the Rhode Island Publications Society in December. Kenneth R. Dooley is a playwright, writer and screenwriter.
The primary president I ever noticed in individual was Harry S. Truman, who made a whistle-stop by prepare in Windfall throughout his election marketing campaign in 1948. I can nonetheless bear in mind standing with my sister Peg as Truman waved to us — and about 5,000 different folks — from the caboose. All of the pollsters within the nation had Thomas Dewey profitable in a landslide. The Chicago Tribune even printed an version confirming that Dewey was the subsequent president.
My favourite political story of all time was the results of Dewey’s defeat. The day earlier than the election, the assured Dewey requested his spouse, Frances, how she would really feel election evening sleeping with the president of the US. After studying of Truman’s victory, Dewey sat alone in his examine, in search of solitude after his gorgeous loss. Abruptly Frances burst into the room with a query. “Now pricey, am I going to Washington, or is Harry coming right here?”
I solely met one one that ran for president, Barry Goldwater, who confronted off in opposition to Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Our assembly came about 4 years earlier, proper after John Kennedy was elected president in 1960. I had simply began working for Prentice Corridor and was despatched to cowl a gathering of the American Administration Affiliation, which featured Barry Goldwater as principal speaker.
I used to be sitting within the press room with two different younger reporters when Barry Goldwater, Republican senator from Arizona, walked into the room early. If he had arrived on time, veterans from The New York Occasions, The Wall Road Journal, and weeklies similar to Time and Newsweek would have pushed us to the again of the room. I used to be instantly impressed by his friendliness. He pulled up a chair, and requested the place everybody was. He smiled once we instructed him he was an hour early for the press convention.
I requested a considerably naive query. “Senator, do you assume the Catholic vote elected Kennedy?”
“After all it did,” Goldwater answered. ”I do not place any blame there. The nation had by no means had a Catholic president till Jack.”
One among my colleagues requested him how he preferred dwelling in Arizona. “I prefer it,” he replied. “However I simply received a letter from the native golf membership informing me that I am not eligible to affix since I am Jewish. I wrote again and requested if I may play 9 holes since I am solely half Jewish.”
Within the hour I spent with him, I received the impression that Barry Goldwater was an clever, honest man. He was labeled “Mr. Conservative” and described as a trigger-happy militarist when he ran unsuccessfully for president. His honesty contributed to his defeat. He talked concerning the long-term burden of Social Safety in Florida and attacked farm subsidies in Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa.
The meanness and inaccuracy of political promoting have been evident throughout this election. Promoting companies started promoting presidential candidates as in the event that they have been vehicles or cleaning soap. One ad confirmed a 3-year-old woman in a costume counting as she plucked daisy petals in a sun-dappled subject. Her phrases have been supplanted by a mission-control countdown adopted by a large nuclear blast in a traditional mushroom form. The message was clear – presidential candidate Barry Goldwater was a genocidal maniac threatening the tip of the world. One other ad mocked Goldwater’s assertion about privatizing Social Safety by displaying a pair of arms ripping up a Social Safety card.
“The entire marketing campaign was run on concern of me,” Goldwater stated after the election. “In truth, if I hadn’t recognized Goldwater, I would have voted in opposition to the s.o.b. myself.”