Reagan will visit again in 1960, but this time Merv Griffin is emcee.
When the 44th president speaks at Bank of America Stadium, will he say something memorable? The record of his predecessors is an interestingly mixed bag. Can you can identify the presidents or future presidents who made these comments on their visits to Charlotte?
1. “I have seen the denuding of your forests, I have seen the washing away of your topsoil, I have slid into the ditch from your red clay highways.”
2. “Every four years, the Republican candidate or his supporters comes down to North Carolina, Texas or some other Southern state and warns the Democrats in this section of the United States that they have been abandoned by the national party.”
3. “I regret that some people in this country have disparaged and demeaned the role of the homemaker. I say — and say it with emphasis and conviction — that homemaking is good for America.”
4. “Because of our young men and women in uniform, things really have changed around the world. You know, America used to wear a ‘Kick Me’ sign around its neck. Well, we threw that sign away. Now it reads, ‘Don’t Tread on Me.’ ”
5. “This will have a lot of subsidiary good benefits. For example, it’s doing those white folks up there a world of good to sing in a choir like that. That may be a racially insensitive, politically incorrect remark, but having spent countless hours of my life in Baptist church choirs, I do know what I am talking about… I can’t believe I said that.”
6. “The world today, although joined physically by a few hours of flight or by an instant in telecommunications, is further apart in idea, in political belief, in basic philosophy, than it ever was — even before the discovery of the Western World.”
I’ll append the answers tomorrow.…
And here they are:
1. Franklin D. Roosevelt at “Green Pastures” rally (Sept. 10, 1936).
2. Sen. John F. Kennedy at campaign rally (Sept. 17, 1960).
3. Gerald Ford at state convention of Future Homemakers of America (March 20, 1976).
4. Ronald Reagan at campaign rally for Sen. Jim Broyhill (Oct. 28, 1986).
5. Bill Clinton at first joint meeting of Progressive National Baptist Convention and Alliance of Baptists (Aug. 9, 1995).
6. Dwight D. Eisenhower at Freedom Celebration Day (May 18, 1954).