Traffic – somehow apropos for the evening at hand.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Traffic – Glad_Freedom Rider – 1970
I was trying to find something tonight that fit with the spirit of the evening. Rather than go after one of the dozen or so tunes I’ve been hearing over and over at rallies during this election, I landed on the legendary Traffic and Glad from their landmark 1970 album John Barleycorn Must Die.
Seems to be a perfect fit. No?
As a bonus, and since the two tracks overlap on the album anyway, I included Freedom Rider.
We can all breathe now.
Even in 1956 it was confusing.
Click on the link here for Audio layer: Picking A President – Oct. 1968
Pres. Eisenhower: “The National Convention today is brought to every home in the United States by television, and now even more significant, by Early Bird and Telstar, those pictures are going to nations all over the civilized world.
Now, what do we see? We see a picture of confusion, of noise, of impossible deportment; of indifference toward the subjects that are being discussed from the platform, and in short, a thing that if it happened into a business trustee meeting, you’d be horrified.
Well I think that most of the United States is horrified by what it sees of these conventions.”
Interesting when you think former President Eisenhower was talking about the 1964 Presidential Conventions. By 1968 it was already out of control. The whole Election process seemed to be a runaway train.
From October 17, 1968 NBC Radio ran as part of it’s monthly documentary series Second Sunday, “Picking A President”.
I can’t imagine what they would have to say about our system now.
Wendell Wilkie – Acceptance speech – short and to the point.
Click on the link here for audio player: Wilkie Acceptance Speech – 1940
No frills, no send-ups, no films, no slide-shows. Wendell Wilkie accepted the nomination as Presidential candidate for the Republican party in the 1940 election.
His speech lasted just a little over six minutes – the demonstration lasted a bit longer. All business and no bullshit.
Here is that address as broadcast by CBS Radio on the closing night of the 1940 Republican convention.
Gen. Eisenhower – variously referred to these days as “the old hippie”.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Eisenhower Acceptance Speech – 1952
As the 2012 Republican Convention gets under way, here is a sampler from another Republican Convention – sixty years ago.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers the acceptance speech for his party’s nomination on July 20, 1952. Eisenhower had already gained considerable notoriety as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War 2. He had been courted by both parties as a possible Presidential candidate as far back as the 1948 election and by 1952 he had fully committed himself to running on the Republican ticket.
Here is that address as a reminder of just how much things can change in 60 years.