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Cool but Contemplative: Jolson Jazzes with Coolidge’s 1924 Campaign Song

He came back – with another song. This time, however, when the legendary screen and stage actor, Al Jolson first performed the official campaign song of a Republican presidential campaign, he didn’t have to march the streets of small-town Oho and… Read More ›

The First President To Win With Actors: Al Jolson’s 1920 Campaign Song for Harding

George Clooney, fundraising and providing thematic strategy for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign or Clint Eastwood speaking at the convention nominating Mitt Romney: neither story causes a blink in either Hollywood or Washington. Yet preceding even the famous efforts of… Read More ›

The First President Captured on Film: McKinley’s 1896 Campaign Song & Commercial

William McKinley is often seen as an important transitional President – at least to those interested in studying some of the real stories behind the headline version of history. It’s true he didn’t have the charisma or excitable speaking style of… Read More ›

Pat Nixon: First-Generation German-American & Her Lincoln Assassination Link

There was irony to a small storyline running beneath the more important issues of the 1960 presidential race between Democratic candidate, U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy and Republican candidate, Vice President Richard Nixon, involving some half-truths and hidden facts about… Read More ›

The Road to Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech: The First Ladies & Candidates’ Wives Before Her

Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, set to nominate her husband President Barack Obama for a second term. Stirring, emotional yet tacked by details of her own life and her husband’s… Read More ›

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