“You’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” ~ Astronaut Frank Borman, on seeing the entire earth from outer space as he and the crew of the Apollo 8 returned from orbiting the moon.
After his defeat to John F. Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election, and another loss in the 1962 California gubernatorial election, Richard Nixon regrouped and reorganized. In 1968, Nixon was ready to try again. Winning the Republican nomination didn’t come easy, though – Nixon faced challenges from Michigan Governor George Romney, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, and California Governor Ronald Reagan. At the Republican National Convention, Nixon named Maryland Governor Spiro Agnew as his running mate.
Nixon’s theme during the campaign was “law and order.” He ran well ahead of his opponent, Hubert Humphrey, but he refused to participate in presidential debates. In the end, Nixon was the winner, and was inaugurated the 36th President of the United States.
In his speech at the Republican National Convention, Nixon blamed the Democrats for the Vietnam debacle. “Never has so much military and economic and diplomatic power been used so ineffectively,” he declared. “The time has come for the American people to turn to new leadership not tied to the mistakes and policies of the past.” He pledged that he’d seek “an honorable end to the war in Vietnam.”
Here’s the #27 song from Billboard’s Year-End Top 100 Singles of 1968
“Love Child” by The Supremes