Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House, A: by Charles Osgood

By Charles Osgood

"If you're considered one of that benighted handful of people that is not clever to Charles Osgood's incisive and funny examine the foibles of your fellow males, this is your likelihood to trap up. attempt to not foul up again!" --Walter Cronkite Charles Osgood, certainly one of America's favourite information personalities, deals a hilarious compendium of anecdotes from the final seventy years of presidential campaigns. With anecdotes from Harry Truman to JFK to George W. Bush, A humorous factor occurred with the intention to the White residence captures the wit and humor of the crusade path. Culled from speeches, interviews, press meetings, in addition to articles written by way of and in regards to the candidates--no resource is left untapped. From Bob Dole telling journalists after a loss within the basic that "I slept like a baby--every hours I awakened and cried," and Barry Goldwater's remark that his talkative opponent Hubert Humphreys "has been clocked at 275 phrases a minute with gusts as much as 340," to Adlai Stevenson stating that "If I speak over the people's head, Ike needs to be speaking below their feet," this can be the go-to resource for crusade humor. simply while the USA so much wishes an exceptional snicker, A humorous factor occurred to be able to the White apartment makes the probably never-ending race to the presidency much more enjoyable.

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24 | T h e E l e c t i o n o f 19 5 2 At the University of Wisconsin, Stevenson said: “It makes me shudder to think that I graduated from college thirty years ago and how doddering and venerable the thirtieth reunion class looked to me then. If I look to you the way they looked to me, I wouldn’t vote for me! ” In his self-deprecating way, Stevenson said: “I have been in politics barely four years. ” To illustrate how he felt losing the presidency while his fellow Democrats swept control of Congress, Stevenson told the story of the Lone Ranger riding the Western plains with his ever-faithful Indian sidekick, Tonto.

N I XO N | 51 Kennedy attacked his opponent’s comment about the United States producing better consumer goods than the Soviets. “I wonder when he [Mr. Nixon] put his finger under Mr. Khrushchev’s nose whether he was saying, ‘I know you are ahead of us in rockets, Mr. ” Kennedy was the first presidential candidate to campaign in Alaska, which had recently become a state. This is from a press conference there: QUESTION: Senator, you were promised a military intelligence briefing from the president. Have you received that?

They call these contests ‘preferential’ primaries because you can interpret them any way you prefer. If you get the most votes in a primary, you win; if you aren’t soundly trounced, you’ve scored a moral victory; and if you’re thoroughly whipped, you weren’t really running in the first place. ” 30 | T h e E l e c t i o n o f 19 5 2 The 1952 election saw for the first time the use of television ads often created by high profile advertising agencies such as BBD&O. D. & O. It told the nation how to go; It managed by advertisement To sell us a new President.

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