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    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    ETA: "Aware" in a non-partisan sense. Just aware of the political realm in general.

    For me it was Nixon, though I didn't really start forming my own opinions and studying politics until Carter.
    LBJ-i was 9 when he left office. the Vietnam war was a big deal. I remember the 68 election pretty well
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    Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    . I remember the 68 election pretty well
    I don't know whether to say "lucky bastard" or "you poor bastard."
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    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

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    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    I don't know whether to say "lucky bastard" or "you poor bastard."
    I just remember being in a carpool about three months before the election and the lady driving (her daughter and I were good friends) said she hoped Nixon won but HHH wasn't too bad. I remember my mom was working a GOP event (this was before Roe v Wade and she ended up a Dem over abortion) and we got a bunch of Nixon stickers. I remember passing out some literature for the 18 voting age- I believe it was that election but it might have been later. My father, whose brother was KIA in WWII before he was old enough to vote, was a big supporter of the 18 Vote as was my mother.
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    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    LBJ-i was 9 when he left office. the Vietnam war was a big deal. I remember the 68 election pretty well
    Eisenhower was president when I first started becoming aware of politics. Nixon was his vice president. I remember hearing clips from Everett Dirksen, a Republican, who helped write and pass the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968. Because of this, Millennials think Republicans were really Democrats, or at the very least, whoever the bad guys were back then were not their party. I remember seeing Sputnik fly overhead, which set off the "space race" and eventually, the Apollo moon landings.

    Richard Nixon ran against Kennedy and lost because he was sweating in the first debate. Kennedy was subsequently murdered in 1963, which is one of the many things people still argue about, as if people need a reason to argue. The media had a slobbering love affair with Lyndon Johnson and all of the jazz about "Lady Bird" and "Linda Bird" and Tweety Bird gave me a rash. I voted for Nixon's re-election in 1972 via absentee ballot when I was in the US Navy.
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    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    ETA: "Aware" in a non-partisan sense. Just aware of the political realm in general.

    For me it was Nixon, though I didn't really start forming my own opinions and studying politics until Carter.


    Much the same. I was only aware of Nixon because all the adults in my life were constantly talking about him during the Watergate scandal.

    Remember Ford better, but really Carter was when my political views started to congeal.

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    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Much the same. I was only aware of Nixon because all the adults in my life were constantly talking about him during the Watergate scandal.

    Remember Ford better, but really Carter was when my political views started to congeal.
    Yeah. I remember Watergate, and Nixon's resignation and some of the stuff leading up to it.

    I remember Ford's pardon of Nixon, his Whip Inflation Now (WIN) campaign and buttons, the 1976 Presidential primaries and race, but was only aware of them. I really didn't have a lot of interest. I also remember Chevy Chase stumbling all over SNL portraying Ford getting off airplanes.

    It was early in the Carter administration that I started caring about politics and thinking of it in a deeper sense.
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    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    I just remember being in a carpool about three months before the election and the lady driving (her daughter and I were good friends) said she hoped Nixon won but HHH wasn't too bad. I remember my mom was working a GOP event (this was before Roe v Wade and she ended up a Dem over abortion) and we got a bunch of Nixon stickers. I remember passing out some literature for the 18 voting age- I believe it was that election but it might have been later. My father, whose brother was KIA in WWII before he was old enough to vote, was a big supporter of the 18 Vote as was my mother.
    Was the DNC the talk of the house?
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    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Was the DNC the talk of the house?
    my father never really talked about politics other than what was good for his business. My mother broke with the GOP when she supported John Anderson for president in 1980. By 84 she was for Mondale. She was a major league Clinton Fluffer. She would have voted for Hillary in the Primaries but died before that happened
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    Re: Who was President when you first became politically aware?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    my father never really talked about politics other than what was good for his business. My mother broke with the GOP when she supported John Anderson for president in 1980. By 84 she was for Mondale. She was a major league Clinton Fluffer. She would have voted for Hillary in the Primaries but died before that happened
    Oh okay. I was wondering if at the ground level the 68 convention was one of those big moments for the family.

    My folks moved from Right to Left in a similar manner as your mother, it seems (cultural issues and their political meaning). Except theirs occurred by the mid-to late-1990s.
    "We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963

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