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Monday, July 4, 2011

Letter: Walt Disney to Richard Nixon, 1956. From Mickey to Dickey!

It is no secret that Walt Disney was a supporter of the Republican Party as this correspondence, signed by Walt himself is a great example of his in-kind support. Walt wants one of the kid "reporters" from the Mickey Mouse Club television show to ask Richard Nixon the "challenging" question, "When I Grow Up, Mr Nixon, Why Should I Become a Republican?". Walt goes on to suggest that a response be "confined" to three sentences or less and states he thinks "...the results will be worth the effort."

Notably there is a question mark with the comment "Schedule too tight", the writing style and colour of pen are different, perhaps the question mark from a Nixon staff member and the comment from Nixon himself? To my knowledge and brief research, the interview never happened but the National Convention did where Eisenhower and Nixon were renominated and went on to win the Presidential election of 1956.

No shame? Seems supporters of the Republican Party were amiable to the indocrination of children via Disney produced children's television in the 1950's. Fast forward to today and President Obama can address an assembly of public school children and the Tea Party freaks out.

The National Archives of the U.S.A.

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