Hey! Look who was an Al Smith fan.
Hot off the New York Yankees’ World Series win in 1928, Babe Ruth supported Al Smith's unsuccessful presidential bid, even posing for the top photo with a very Smith-like cigar and bowler.
But according to Joseph Cummins, in Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns, maybe not the best spokesperson:
He would sometimes appear in his undershirt, holding a mug of beer in one hand and a spare rib in the other. Worse, if he met with any dissent while praising Smith, he would snarl, “If that’s the way you feel, the hell with you!” and stagger back inside.In the bottom photo, in presumably happier times, Babe and Smith are playing a round of golf at the Miami Biltmore Hotel & Country Club in Coral Gables, Florida on January 17, 1930.
Postcard from Heritage Auctions
Golfing photo from the State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory - Romer, G. W.(Gleason Waite)
President Richard Nixon’s “enemies list" of political opponents became public knowledge during the Watergate hearings. Nixon Counsel and soon-to-be-convicted-felon John Dean said the purpose was to figure out “how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies.”
There were 20 names in the original 1971 memo, compiled by White House special counsel Charles Colson, but a larger list was later developed, naming everyone from senators to journalists to celebrities to … well, it was a long list, let’s just say.
Soon, appearing on the list became a badge of honor for those named. And for those not on the list? “I would almost have preferred a vindictive tax audit to that kind of crippling exclusion,” said Hunter S. Thompson, in The Great Shark Hunt.
Robert Kennedy and his children (pt. 2) - The last two photos are of Bobby and his oldest daughter Kathleen
"I tried to negotiate an agreement with President Carter but became frustrated when he decided that he’d rather take a piecemeal approach. I ran against Carter, a sitting president from my own party, in large part because of this disagreement. " - Ted Kennedy on health care reform, 2009.
Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette, Sr.: “I’ve got him on my iPhone, as the wallpaper for the lock screen. There’s something reassuring and comforting about having him so close at hand. Kind of like a moral GPS app”-Madison Guy. Image on flickr.
Wisconsin’s La Follette was "arguably the most important and recognized leader of the opposition to the growing dominance of corporations over the Government" More on wikipedia.
November 22, 1963
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Photos via the University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History; The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas