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US Presidential race got you stressed? Escape into the past with Retro Campaigns.
posted by Miko (15 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
These campaign buttons are all partisan. Don't you have any neutral ones? "May the better man win?" "Let's have a good, clean election?" That sort of thing?

Which is to say, thanks for the post!
posted by filthy light thief at 9:10 PM on October 27, 2012

I'm not sure that watching the ads that got Nixon elected constitutes an "escape". :-)
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 9:26 PM on October 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

One of my favorites:
President Lyndon B. Johnson orders some new Haggar pants
posted by TangerineGurl at 9:37 PM on October 27, 2012 [6 favorites]

This painting is amazing.

I'm trying to think of a GOP counterpoint "guys playing poker" painting that could match this. But the Freudian tension between George W and George HW would permeate the whole scene. While Nixon would be cross-armed and seething because he isn't the center of attention.

Lincoln would be sitting by himself in the corner with his head in his hands and wondering what the hell happened to his party.
posted by mcmile at 9:39 PM on October 27, 2012

And Reagan would be smiling beatifically at everything around him. Eternally pleased.
posted by mcmile at 9:57 PM on October 27, 2012

Republicans playing cards. (by the same artist)

I'm thinking card playing is best left to dogs. Mixing Lincoln, Reagan, and Dubya at the same card table sounds like an afterlife crafted by Sartre, at least when viewed from the perspective of Lincoln.
posted by honestcoyote at 10:26 PM on October 27, 2012

Definitely stressed about the US elections this year, as I am every two years, but here's how I take a break from it all.

When I'm working late nights on a project, I'll sometimes listen to London talk radio which not only gives me quite relaxing accents, but I get to listen to people arguing with each other about political and social topics which have mostly nothing to do with me.

It's like this nice vacation from politics while still getting to indulge my love of politics. It's nice being an interested yet uninvolved third party on the sidelines while others yell at each other without feeling any compulsion to either jump in or declaim the ignorance of the host.
posted by honestcoyote at 10:36 PM on October 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

Interesting that you should mention Nixon and poker, mcmile (I assume inadvertently).
posted by dhartung at 11:02 PM on October 27, 2012

What a cool site. Thanks Miko. I really dug on Hillary's groovy striped trousers and the Nixon campaign film. I remember both those fashions as well as the Nixon presidency - interesting times.

Not from the site, but a fun photo: John F Kennedy in campaigning in Seattle, 1960.
posted by Pudhoho at 11:46 PM on October 27, 2012

This Bobby Kennedy shot looks like a still from a music video or something.
posted by Winnemac at 12:31 AM on October 28, 2012 [4 favorites]

We don't hear much from Michael Dukakis anymore, do we?
posted by Brocktoon at 6:09 AM on October 28, 2012

My resolution until 11/7/12 is to eliminate all election related media coverage from my daily media diet. There aren't enough anti-depressants in the world...
posted by hwestiii at 6:55 AM on October 28, 2012

It's amazing to me that there is a Life magazine spread of Hilary Rodham on the occasion of her graduation from college (along with some other graduates.) She really was fated for big things...
posted by wittgenstein at 7:06 AM on October 28, 2012

Republicans playing cards. (by the same artist)

The effect is quite different, indeed. Unsettling.
posted by Miko at 8:05 AM on October 28, 2012

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