Thursday, February 14, 2008

I Like Ike!

And now, how about some Eisenhower!



The jungle was written by Irving Berlin, an early supporter of Eisenhower. When you get down to it, they do not make campaign songs like they used to.

19 comments:

William R. Barker said...

Notice... all the cartoon people were white people. (*SHRUG*) It would be interesting to see if that carried across the spectrum of ads for Ike - and if the Dems showed any more foresight. (*SHRUG*)

BILL

Anthony said...

Some ads from the 1952 campaign are here

http://livingroomcandidate.movingimage.us/election/index.php?nav_action=election&nav_subaction=overview&campaign_id=165

Several of the Eisenhower ads are "Eisenhower answers America" -- the GOP wen out into Times Square, asked some people to come into a studio and recorded them asking questions. Eisenhower then answered the question.

In the last one, the questioner was black.

Rodak said...

Bill--
As I'm sure you know, 1952 was a full decade before the peak years of the civil rights movement. In those years, I used to get blatantly racist postcards from the grandparents when they traveled to Florida. Also, in those days, the Democratic party was still the party of the Dixiecrats. I'm surprised to hear Anthony say that there was a Black guy in an Eisenhower commercial. I'd be willing to bet that it wasn't used everywhere, nationally (if it was used at all.)

Anthony said...

Rob-

In 1956, Eisenhower had an ad that featured a black housewife.

In 1960, JFK had an ad that featured Harry Belafonte while Nixon had an ad which said that civil rights was an important issue if we wanted to win the Cold War.

Anonymous said...

The song in this ad is not by Irving Berlin. Berlin did write songs for Ike in '52 ("I Like Ike" based on his 1950 show tune "They Like Ike"), '54 ("I Still Like Ike") and '56 ("Ike For Four More Years") but not this particular jingle.

Rodak said...

In 1956, Eisenhower had an ad that featured a black housewife.

Yes. But did it play in Alabama? Or even in Indiana? I lived in Muncie for two years (1958-1960), after growing up to that point in Ann Arbor. I was shocked to find that my middle-class and upper-middle class classmates (I attended Ball State's laboratory school while living in Muncie) routinely used the word "nigger" to refer to Blacks. Those were different times.

Anthony said...

Well, in 1991, a black woman classmate of mine called me "A Dump Wop" in a law school class and threw a punch at me, because during a role playing exercise (where I was supposed to be Orin Hatch) I indicated a displeasure with affirmative action.

Rodak said...

Anthony--
It's not the same thing. The lady presented a plausible argument. :-)

Rodak said...

It's a little-known fact, btw, that the Log Cabin Republicans first ventured forth from the political closet in support of the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket, by contributing the slogan:

I LIKE IKE and DICK

William R. Barker said...

Close... but no cigar. (*GRIN*)

It was:

"I like Ike AND Dick!"

BILL

Rodak said...

Yes. I like Ike. And btw I like dick.

Anthony said...

Bill & Rob -- please remember, while I am a libertarian, I am also a Catholic -- this is a family blog!

Think of the Children!

:)

Rodak said...

Think of the Children!

Anthony--
I understand your feelings. I tried to keep all knowledge of Nixon from my children, too. And then the bastards went and taught it to them in school! What's next? Sex education? Sheeesh!

William R. Barker said...

Your wish is my command, Anthony! I will now RESIST the urge to sing a certain little ditty from a certain Monty Python film... (*GRIN*)

So... when ya gonna post a new thread, Anthony?

BILL

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