Archive for Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Staying true blue for 60 years

Lifelong Democrats Jackie Wolfe and her husband Jack stand near all of their political yard signs Tuesday evening. Jack, who said he was going to vote a straight ticket for all the Democratic candidates, first voted in 1948 when Harry Truman defeated Thomas Dewey. Jackie is holding a souvenir inauguration bottle Jack found on Fourth Street in 1953 after Dwight Eisenhower defeated Adlai Stevenson in the 1952 general election.

Lifelong Democrats Jackie Wolfe and her husband Jack stand near all of their political yard signs Tuesday evening. Jack, who said he was going to vote a straight ticket for all the Democratic candidates, first voted in 1948 when Harry Truman defeated Thomas Dewey. Jackie is holding a souvenir inauguration bottle Jack found on Fourth Street in 1953 after Dwight Eisenhower defeated Adlai Stevenson in the 1952 general election.

November 4, 2008

During Tuesday night’s election, you could find Jack Wolfe sitting on his recliner with his wife, Jackie, next to him as they watched for the presidential election results.

But if you wanted to know who they voted for, you simply needed to look at the array of political signs in front of their house that favor Democratic candidates.

“Back home they used to call me a red-dog Democrat because I would vote for a red dog before I would vote for a Republican,” Jack said the night before the election.

Since they could first vote, the Wolfes have been casting their votes for elected officials with a “D” next to each name. For Jack, his first vote was for Harry S. Truman in 1948. For Jackie, her first vote was for Adlai Stevenson in 1956.

“I didn’t know too much back then, but I knew I was a Democrat and I was going to be a Democrat,” Jack said.

Now the 81-year-old Jack and the 76-year-old Jackie have cast their votes for Barack Obama, who could be the nation’s first black president, something Jack said he never thought he’d see in his lifetime.

Jack and Jackie have been watching the race closely ever since it started. They started out as Hillary Clinton supporters, but had no hard feelings when Obama won the nomination.

“I would say that John Kennedy was the last one that inspired me as much as Obama has,” Jackie said.

As much as the couple love and support their Democratic candidate for president, you won’t find his sign in their yard because every time they put one up, it is stolen.

“They don’t bother to take the rest of them, but they take the Obama sign,” Jack said.

Jackie said she wasn’t sure if people were keeping them as a memento or just destroying them. They didn’t want to take a chance with their last sign, so they were keeping it indoors.

Jack and Jackie were both optimistic about the outcome of Tuesday’s election, even after the outcomes of the 2000 and 2004 elections when George W. Bush won. Jack said Monday this year would be different and he expected Obama to win with more than 300 electoral votes.

Comments

Jason Bailey 5 years, 5 months ago

I can understand why people of this age group absolutely hate republicans. After all, it was the repubs under Hoover that "caused" the Great Depression and it was the Dems under FDR that brought salvation.

Here we are again with a repression looming and another Messiah coming from the North who will bring salvation -- and ensure that the socialist programs of Medicare continue unabated!

I know many older folks who think this exact same way. It's a misinformed view of history, it's pinning a tail on the donkey for something that happened 70 years ago, and it's a selfish "give me, give me" mentality.

The Greatest Generation indeed! The greatest generation is the one that figures out that socialist, liberal policies are anti-thetical to the Founding principles of this country and restore the original framework that has made this country great.

BTW: Bummer on the signs....no one should steal and that's shameful, but maybe the people who were stealing were just initiating the Great Savior's policies early? You have plenty of signs, from the picture...."from each according to his ability, to each according to his need". I think I've read that quote somewhere....

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deadnowrise 5 years, 5 months ago

dude, awesome post. love the marxist quote. as much as i've never been much of a fan of many dems over the years, or their policy, i've never been "scared" of them in office and have even found some i'd vote for. but this new one is the ruth bader ginsberg version of a dem, without the checks and balances we'd be the EU/Venezuela hybrid real soon. i appreciate a couple with the longstanding devotion to their country, but in the end, they're no different than the dumb suburban kids in college wearing "che" shirts with no real intellectual honesty to understand it's historical context (or in their situation, that a dem of today isn't what a dem of yesteryear was). God bless, peace, love, and deathmetal.....

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