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
Teddy Roosevelt speaks at the 1902 Charleston South Carolina Exposition
” … and in England, health care is free at the point of service.”
Ronald Reagan laughs at a joke made by Queen Elizabeth II during a state dinner, 1983.
Madly for Adlai in Shaker Heights, Ohio
Shaker Heights High School students hold campaign signs for Democratic presidential hopeful Adlai Stevenson in this picture, dated 1960. Jim Marshall in the middle there is representing Stevenson in a recreation they’re putting on of the 1960 Democratic National Convention.
Of course it was not to be for Stevenson - John Kennedy won the Democratic nomination in 1960 on the first ballot, followed by Lyndon Johnson. Stevenson came in fourth. After the election, Kennedy appointed Stevenson to be the Ambassador to the United Nations, a position he held until his death in 1965.
From the Shaker Heights Public Library Photography Collection, Cleveland Press Collection, part of the Cleveland Memory Project
And the award for least likely Republican campaign imagery goes to …
They aren’t all founding fathers, but they will let you call them daddy.
"God Knows" Taft
In January of 1908, before he was officially a candidate for the presidency, then-Secretary of War William Howard Taft took questions after an address at Cooper Union in New York City. One man reportedly asked: “What do you advise a workingman to do who is out of a job and whose family is starving because he can’t get work?”
To which Taft is said to have replied: “God knows. If he cannot get work the charities of the country may be appealed to, but it is an awful thing when a man who is willing to work and who scorns the charity of any man is put in this condition.” The exact wording remains unclear. The question and answer do not appear in a New York Times article detailing the event, but they do in another account in Robert Lee Dunn’s William Howard Taft, American. But other questions that appear in both (notably one regarding Brownsville) are transcribed differently.
(Interestingly, in Paul F. Boller’s Presidential Anecdotes, there’s another version of the story altogether that takes place after Taft’s election. Here, Taft replies “God knows” to a reporter, who, “referring to the hard times following the Panic of 1907, asked him what would be the outcome of high unemployment.” This seems unlikely, since it was already a “thing” in May, months before the GOP convention, where Taft would be nominated.)
"God knows" stuck with Taft and he was ridiculed for what seemed like an insensitive remark at the expense of the working class. He was disparagingly referred to as "God Knows" Taft during the 1908 presidential election, and the Socialist Party newspaper, Appeal to Reason, printed buttons with Taft’s face and quote in support of Socialist presidential candidate Eugene Debs.
Sorry, that was only supposed to be a paragraph but it got a little lengthy as I tried to track down that quote!
Presidential Anecdotes by Paul F. Boller
Great Presidential Wit by Bob Dole
William Howard Taft, American by Robert Lee Dunn
Los Angeles Herald, Volume 36, Number 29, 30 October 1908
New York Times, January 11, 1908
Los Angeles Herald, Volume 35, Number 224, 13 May 1908