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(PBS) Video In 1976, Gerald Ford campaign produced ad that called back JFK's assassination and Ford's two near-assassinations, with message that the Presidency was still here and Ford had healed the country. They were shocked when focus group freaked out   (pbs.org ) divider line
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2013-11-05 11:43:42 PM  
What was he thinking?  Was Ford on crack!?
 
2013-11-05 11:53:28 PM  
 
2013-11-06 12:00:20 AM  
I'm gonna have that "I'm Feeling Good About America" song stuck in my head for a week.
 
2013-11-06 12:06:06 AM  
Am I drunk or is the headline a little what say, of?
 
2013-11-06 12:06:28 AM  
Did he fall off a ladder oddly misplaced?
 
2013-11-06 12:26:08 AM  
At 2:40 there was a loud bang which, according the the description anyway, was a cherry bomb. I can only imagine how different the reaction from the secret service would be today if something similar happened during a presidential speech.
 
2013-11-06 12:45:31 AM  
they probably heard he had been eaten by wolves.
 
2013-11-06 01:18:14 AM  

robsul82: I'm gonna have that "I'm Feeling Good About America" song stuck in my head for a week.


fark, it was in my head after the first verse.  Phil Spector had to be behind that.
 
2013-11-06 01:22:33 AM  

miss diminutive: At 2:40 there was a loud bang which, according the the description anyway, was a cherry bomb. I can only imagine how different the reaction from the secret service would be today if something similar happened during a presidential speech.


Good point.  For sure anyone apprehended would be in Gitmo permanently.
 
2013-11-06 01:41:31 AM  

robsul82: I'm gonna have that "I'm Feeling Good About America" song stuck in my head for a week.


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2013-11-06 01:41:57 AM  

Frederick: miss diminutive: At 2:40 there was a loud bang which, according the the description anyway, was a cherry bomb. I can only imagine how different the reaction from the secret service would be today if something similar happened during a presidential speech.

Good point.  For sure anyone apprehended would be in Gitmo permanently.


They'd also probably swarm around the President and evacuate him asap.
 
2013-11-06 01:51:04 AM  
Paging what_now.
 
2013-11-06 02:01:27 AM  
I'm shocked anyone was shocked.
 
2013-11-06 02:11:19 AM  

Triumph: robsul82: I'm gonna have that "I'm Feeling Good About America" song stuck in my head for a week.

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"mind control"?
 
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2013-11-06 02:11:32 AM  

Triumph: davidkanigan.files.wordpress.com

- "the most basic form of mind control is repetition"

You can say that twice.
 
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2013-11-06 02:12:44 AM  
Again!  You can say that again!
 
2013-11-06 04:51:45 AM  
whip inflation now, mofos

whip it

whip it good
 
2013-11-06 05:18:11 AM  
Obviously a bad decision because Texas went blue that year.

Couldn't watch the video at work damnit.
 
2013-11-06 05:26:00 AM  
I was really hoping Obama would be engender this kind of national feeling back when I voted for him in 2008. His New Hampshire concession speech, in particular, was so extraordinarily uplifting and inspiring that I really thought we had emerged from the shadow of the Bush administration into a new era.

Well, that's all shot to hell. Maybe Chris Christie can do it next time around.
 
2013-11-06 05:55:24 AM  
"When a limousine can parade openly through the streets of Dallas, there's a change that's come over America."

Yeah, no.

Good call, shiat canning that one.

AverageAmericanGuy: Maybe Chris Christie can do it next time around.


Christie is too moderate to survive a GOP primary even with all the resources of the GOP behind him a'la Mittens.

Even if he did somehow win the primary nod and the general his admin would just be another rubber stamp GOP presidency a'la Bush with one horrible idea after another.
 
2013-11-06 05:56:11 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Well, that's all shot to hell. Maybe Chris Christie can do it next time around.


Christie would basically do everything Obama's been doing except for rubberstamping awful shiat from a Republican congress if he were to have one, yelling at women, and getting stuck in the doorways.

He might be the best president of the current Republican lot, but that's still worse than the top half of the Democrats.
 
2013-11-06 06:29:04 AM  
Your husband is alive, but unconscious.
 
2013-11-06 06:38:06 AM  
He was delicious.
 
2013-11-06 07:18:09 AM  

robsul82: I'm gonna have that "I'm Feeling Good About America" song stuck in my head for a week.


The song is a glee club type song where they stick a random corny clap in the middle of the chorus.  "I'm feeling good >clap< about Ameria"
 
2013-11-06 07:20:14 AM  
It would have been great had they ended the comercial at 1:20.
 
2013-11-06 07:22:25 AM  
And the marketing company that made that song went on to produce commercials for Crystal Light.

Now you know the rest of the story.
 
2013-11-06 07:26:42 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I was really hoping Obama would be engender this kind of national feeling back when I voted for him in 2008. His New Hampshire concession speech, in particular, was so extraordinarily uplifting and inspiring that I really thought we had emerged from the shadow of the Bush administration into a new era.

Well, that's all shot to hell. Maybe Chris Christie can do it next time around.


There is too much power to be had in Washington to believe anybody's happy-horseshiat tale.

That said, Christie is obviously preferable to the usual thieves and pimps who call the shots in New Jersey, and Christie thankfully doesn't do "uplifting" unless he's uplifting a Rutt's Hut hot dog. Every once in a while a government needs to have a real asshole in charge - think LBJ, Gingrich, Bill Clinton, Bloomberg or Giuliani - to shake things up, but those kind of leaders inevitably run into trouble if they stick around too long.

Clinton's genius was that he could be that real asshole while projecting empathy at the same time.
 
2013-11-06 07:38:01 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Well, that's all shot to hell. Maybe Chris Christie can do it next time around.


It would be so inspiring if a rich white guy could manage to get elected President.  That would give everyone hope.
 
2013-11-06 07:39:53 AM  

syrynxx: AverageAmericanGuy: Well, that's all shot to hell. Maybe Chris Christie can do it next time around.

It would be so inspiring if a rich white guy could manage to get elected President.  That would give everyone hope.


Your inspiration depends on the color of the person inspiring you?

What a sad, racist life you must lead.
 
2013-11-06 07:39:54 AM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: Paging what_now.




Lol. Thanks

Someone sent me this earlier in the week. It's great.
 
2013-11-06 07:53:18 AM  
He healed the nation by pardoning the biggest criminal* to ever occupy the White House. Americans started feeling great about their government after that, as we do to this day. Thanks, Gerry!!!

* Until Bush II, I mean.
 
2013-11-06 07:58:03 AM  
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2013-11-06 08:02:53 AM  

markfara: He healed the nation by pardoning the biggest criminal* to ever occupy the White House. Americans started feeling great about their government after that, as we do to this day. Thanks, Gerry!!!

* Until Bush II, I mean.


Ulysses Grant would like a word with you, but first you'll have to bring him a bottle of whisky and $10,000.
 
2013-11-06 08:09:10 AM  

Gulper Eel: markfara: He healed the nation by pardoning the biggest criminal* to ever occupy the White House. Americans started feeling great about their government after that, as we do to this day. Thanks, Gerry!!!

* Until Bush II, I mean.

Ulysses Grant would like a word with you, but first you'll have to bring him a bottle of whisky and $10,000.


Good point. I should have added "in my lifetime".

Still, ain't our government awesome?!?!?!?
 
2013-11-06 08:16:10 AM  

Torgo_of_Manos: Am I drunk or is the headline a little what say, of?


Yeah, it needs a verb or something.
 
2013-11-06 08:32:58 AM  

miss diminutive: At 2:40 there was a loud bang which, according the the description anyway, was a cherry bomb. I can only imagine how different the reaction from the secret service would be today if something similar happened during a presidential speech.


Pretty ballsy of him to keep talking like nothing happened, actually.
 
2013-11-06 08:37:12 AM  
Heh, hope he had the sense to fire that person who came up with that.

You know, I wonder what the worst / more lame / horrible never released add is for every campaign?  For decades all the campaigns have had hundreds or thousands of people working on adds for them.  Even the well run campaigns had to produce crap that was so bad that they ordered all copies destroyed and then buried on the moon.
 
2013-11-06 08:46:55 AM  

markfara: He healed the nation by pardoning the biggest criminal* to ever occupy the White House. Americans started feeling great about their government after that, as we do to this day. Thanks, Gerry!!!

* Until Bush II, I mean.



Actually it probably did,  do you remember the Clinton impeachment trial?   That was a disaster for the country.   Nixon's would have been ten time worse.   Pardoning him let the government move on.
 
2013-11-06 08:49:35 AM  

TheManMythLegend: markfara: He healed the nation by pardoning the biggest criminal* to ever occupy the White House. Americans started feeling great about their government after that, as we do to this day. Thanks, Gerry!!!

* Until Bush II, I mean.


Actually it probably did,  do you remember the Clinton impeachment trial?   That was a disaster for the country.   Nixon's would have been ten time worse.   Pardoning him let the government move on.


So, was Gerald Ford credited for the first act of BSABSVR?
 
2013-11-06 09:22:23 AM  

I_Am_Weasel: What was he thinking?  Was Ford on crack!?


No, you're thinking of this Ford.
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2013-11-06 09:28:17 AM  
Gerald Ford is the reason that I know I can pass a Secret Service background check...

Interesting commercial though... Pretty ballsy move on their part would have been interesting to see what happened if it had actually aired. Focus groups aren't infallible... They were probably right, though.
 
2013-11-06 09:33:00 AM  
I don't know about you, but I'm feeling good about America and myself as well. Don't know why, exactly.
 
2013-11-06 09:33:53 AM  
I was on the too young to vote side during this election, but I was rooting for Ford. I look back and think, "If Ford had won, there would have been no Reagan Revolution, and America would be a better place."
 
2013-11-06 09:34:35 AM  

TheManMythLegend: Actually it probably did, do you remember the Clinton impeachment trial? That was a disaster for the country.


How? Whatever you may think of the Republicans of that era, having reached the conclusion that Clinton committed high crimes and misdemeanors (perjury over stupid shiat is still perjury) they went ahead, they held their vote, they lost, and took their lumps in the '98 elections. Isn't that the way things are supposed to work? Maybe next time legislators will be a little more careful of how broadly they draw up sexual-harassment law so we're not hauled through that kind of drama again.

They were a model of integrity compared to the mid-00's Democrats who yowled about Bush/Cheney war crimes and impeachment in '03-06 but fell silent once they seized congressional power. It was amazing how fast the likes of Maurice Hinchey shut up about our horrible warmongering leadership after he landed a plum spot on the appropriations committee and started bringing home defense pork.
 
2013-11-06 09:36:53 AM  

EyeballKid: So, was Gerald Ford credited for the first act of BSABSVR?


No, that was George McGovern, who voted for Ford over Carter (last item).
 
2013-11-06 09:54:56 AM  
Gulper Eel:   Clinton's genius was that he could be that real asshole while projecting empathy at the same time.

Empathy, "No, really Joe, I sincerely like it."

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2013-11-06 09:56:31 AM  

Gulper Eel: markfara: He healed the nation by pardoning the biggest criminal* to ever occupy the White House. Americans started feeling great about their government after that, as we do to this day. Thanks, Gerry!!!

* Until Bush II, I mean.

Ulysses Grant would like a word with you, but first you'll have to bring him a bottle of whisky and $10,000.


What? Grant may have been somewhat lax in policing his subordinates, but personally he was pretty damned clean, especially by Gilded Age standards.

And as bad as Bush was, he was half the crook Nixon was.
 
2013-11-06 10:10:05 AM  
Gulper Eel: ...They were a model of integrity compared to the mid-00's Democrats who yowled about Bush/Cheney war crimes and impeachment in '03-06 but fell silent once they seized congressional power. It was amazing how fast the likes of Maurice Hinchey shut up about our horrible warmongering leadership after he landed a plum spot on the appropriations committee and started bringing home defense pork.

Wait, what?

Opposition to an ethically bankrupt military aggression, whose very justification for being was a bald-faced lie, WHICH KILLED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE is somehow morally *worse* than the butthurt busybodies bawling about a bj?

how-about-no-bear.jpg
 
2013-11-06 10:19:17 AM  
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Russell Kramer: There was only one assassination attempt on me. You had three.

Matt Douglas: Two. The woman in Phoenix doesn't count. She only had a starter pistol.
 
2013-11-06 10:27:43 AM  

Omahawg: whip inflation now, mofos


I always thought "Stop Inflation Now" would have been a better choice.
 
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