Friday, April 14, 2017

Sounds Familiar?

I'm grateful to the Vet for his advice on a biography of the late president Harry S Truman, a copy of which is on its way via the Australian public library service.

Meanwhile, I've been reading Truman's Wiki pages and the most extraordianary piece fell out and clattered across the floor.

"The campaign was a 21,928-mile (35,290 km) presidential odyssey.[157] In a personal appeal to the nation, Truman crisscrossed the U.S. by train; his "whistle stop" speeches from the rear platform of the observation car, Ferdinand Magellan, came to represent his campaign. His combative appearances, such as those at the town square of Harrisburg, Illinois, captured the popular imagination and drew huge crowds. Six stops in Michigan drew a combined half-million people;[158] a full million turned out for a New York City ticker-tape parade.[159]


1948 electoral vote results.

Truman holding Chicago Tribune that says "Dewey Defeats Truman"
Truman was so widely expected to lose the 1948 election that the Chicago Tribune had printed papers with this false headline when few returns were in.
The large, mostly spontaneous gatherings at Truman's whistle-stop events were an important sign of a change in momentum in the campaign, but this shift went virtually unnoticed by the national press corps. It continued reporting Republican Thomas Dewey's apparent impending victory as a certainty."

Now, where have I heard a story like that before?

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