"Bring Us Together" was a political slogan popularized after the
election of Republican candidate Richard Nixon as United States
President in 1968. The text was derived from a sign which 13-year-old
Vicki Lynne Cole stated that she carried at Nixon's rally in her home
town of Deshler, Ohio, during the campaign. Richard Moore, a friend of
Nixon, told the candidate's speechwriters that he had seen a child
carrying a sign reading "Bring Us Together" at the Deshler rally. The
speechwriters, including William Safire, began inserting the phrase
into the candidate's speeches. Nixon mentioned the Deshler rally and
the sign in his victory speech on November 6, 1968, adopting the phrase
as representing his administration's initial goal—to reunify the
bitterly divided country. Cole came forward as the person who carried
the sign, and was the subject of intense media attention. Nixon invited
Cole and her family to the inauguration, and she appeared (shown in
video) on a float in the inaugural parade. The phrase "Bring Us
Together" was used ironically by Democrats when Nixon proposed policies
they considered divisive. Safire later expressed doubts that Cole's
sign ever existed.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Eighty Years' War: Off the coast of Cornwall, England, a Spanish fleet
intercepted an important Anglo-Dutch merchant convoy of 44 vessels
escorted by 6 warships, destroying or capturing 20 of them.
Vasil Levski , the national hero of Bulgaria, was executed in Sofia by
Ottoman authorities for his efforts to establish an independent
An American jury acquitted the "Chicago Seven" of conspiracy and
inciting riots stemming from protests during the 1968 Democratic
Inter-ethnic violence between Dayaks and Madurese broke out in Sampit,
Indonesia, that would ultimately result in more than 500 deaths and
100,000 Madurese displaced from their homes.
Terrorist bombs exploded on the Samjhauta Express train in Panipat,
Haryana, India, killing 68 people.
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of sweetness, and I rejoice in it all.