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Monday, June 16, 2008

Lunchtime Quickie

posted by on June 16 at 12:01 PM

R.I.P. Tony Schwartz, creator of maybe the scariest political ad ever made…

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I've always wondered why Johnson didn't seek reelection. Now it makes sense.

Posted by Hoof Hearted | June 16, 2008 12:13 PM

That ad is AWESOME!!!

Wait until Obama uses similar ad against McCain...

It would be very appropriate.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | June 16, 2008 12:18 PM

Hoof Hearted:

I didn't quite understand your comment, but if you didn't know, Johnson won the 1964 presidential election (that included this ad) by a what was considered a sweeping landslide over Barry Goldwater.

Posted by cracked | June 16, 2008 1:15 PM

P.S. I had heard of the ad but never seen it, other than stills. Wow, very blunt.

Posted by cracked | June 16, 2008 1:17 PM

wait. what happened to the adorable little girl? i need to know!!!!

Posted by Emily | June 16, 2008 3:57 PM

The little girl, it turns out, is now supporting Obama. By the way, I read a great anecdote about President Johnson's reaction to see the ad during its only broadcast. He called his media team and told them to take it off immediately, that he couldn't believe they produced something so terrifying, etc. As Johnson hung up, he was laughing his ass off because he knew that the ad did its job in one shot.

Posted by Bub | June 16, 2008 4:09 PM

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