Dewey Defeats Truman?2006 Version
A Media Tragedy of Tectonic Proportions
Jan. 10, 2006: Vol. 2, Issue No. 2
IN THE NEWS
Donald Dawson, 97, Dies; Master of Truman Whistle-Stop
Donald S. Dawson, who as a presidential aide marshaled Harry S. Truman's crucial whistle-stop tour in the 1948 election campaign and who later had a long career as a Washington lawyer, died on Sunday at his home in Bethesda, Md. He was 97.
—Wolfgang Saxon, The New York Times, Dec. 29, 2005
Joy Turns to Heartbreak as 12 Miners Confirmed Dead
Only One Lives as Initial Reports of Multiple Survivors Prove Wrong
TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. (Jan. 4) - In a stunning and heartbreaking reversal, family members were told early Wednesday that 12 of 13 trapped coal miners were dead—three hours after they began celebrating news that they were alive.
—AOL News, Jan. 4, 2006
In 1944, Sen. Harry S. Truman was picked by the political bosses to be the vice president during Franklin Roosevelt's fourth term. Four months into the job, FDR died of a massive stroke and this plain-spoken product of Missouri machine politics became president of the United States.
In 1948, Truman was the underdog for reelection. His Republican opponent was the slick former district attorney, New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey. Dewey was smug and short, with a little black mustache. Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Theodore Roosevelt's outrageously funny daughter, said he looked like the little man on a wedding cake.
Although Truman was riding a wave of unpopularity, he dug in his heels and decided to run hard to keep his job. In a masterstroke of political savvy, Truman and his frumpy wife, Bess—who hated Washington, hated being First Lady and spent a great deal of her time back home in Independence, Mo.—undertook a 22,000-mile "whistle-stop" train tour that crisscrossed the United States.
- Alice Roosevelt Longworth
- Allen G. Breed
- Anderson Cooper
- Bennett K. Hatfield
- Bill Hemmer
- Bobby Bowden
- Donald S
- Franklin Roosevelt
- Gloria Vanderbilt
- Harry S
- Jack Lessenberry
- James Herbert
- Jeff Gammage
- Joe Paterno
- John F. Kennedy
- Jonathan Klein
- Larry Eichel
- Rita Cosby
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Thomas E. Dewey
- Truman Whistle-Stop Donald S. Dawson