So last night I placed 6th out of over 10,000 games played as Hubert H. Humphrey in this really nerdy political online game:
"The year before we were married when he’d take me out, half the time it was on crutches.
And once I asked him… if he could have one wish what would it be… and he said, “I wish I had more good times,” and I thought that was a touching thing to say because I always thought of him as this enormously glamorous figure… but I suppose what he meant was that he had been in pain so much.”
- Jacqueline Kennedy
This romantic 1907 4-postcard puzzle series evokes a certain “Teddy,” “the head of a nation,” though it claims “not the slightest relation.”
The connection between Teddy Roosevelt and teddy bears dates back to a hunting trip in 1902, according to the Theodore Roosevelt Association. After failing to spot a bear during the hunt, anxious guides found an old, injured bear and offered it up to the president. Roosevelt declared it unsportsmanlike and refused to shoot.
After renowned political cartoonist Clifford Berryman heard the story, the first of many cartoons featuring Roosevelt and a small bear debuted in the Washington Post. A candy shop owner in New York who’d seen Berryman’s original cartoon put two homemade stuffed “Teddy’s bears” in his shop window. They were so popular the owner started mass-producing them; meanwhile, at about the same time, German seamstress Margarete Steiff expanded her company’s line of stuffed animals to include bears. An American businessman saw the Steiff bears at the Leipzig Toy Fair in 1903 and ordered 3,000 to be sold back home. The “Teddy” bear was on its way to becoming one of the most popular gifts for kids and significant others.
So if someone gives you a stuffed bear today, just know it’s because Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a half-dead bear in 1902. Maybe don’t bring that up right away, though.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
President Bill Clinton gets all up in there at a “Get Out The Vote” rally in Los Angeles in support of his VP, Al Gore, a few days before the election in 2000.
Willkie Says Spinach is Spinach
You’ve got to go back to 1928 to explain this pro-Wendell Willkie, anti-Franklin Roosevelt button from the 1940 presidential campaign.
A popular New Yorker cartoon from December 8, 1928, illustrated by Carl Rose and captioned by E. B. White, showed a mom trying to convince her daughter to eat her vegetables:
Mother: “It’s broccoli, dear.”I would upload a picture of the cartoon but I’d probably get sued - you can see it here.
Daughter: “I say it’s spinach and I say the hell with it.”
By the 1930s, “I say it’s spinach" had entered the public vernacular. Willkie picked it up during the 1940 campaign as a jab at FDR - the implication being that Willkie would tell it like it is.
Apparently the American electorate just wasn’t ready for his realness.
Source: Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie column at NPR
Button from Lori Ferber Presidential Memorabilia