“These are the stakes,” began the voiceover in perhaps the most famous political attack ad in American history, the controversial “Daisy Girl” spot often cited as critical to Lyndon Johnson’s victory over Barry Goldwater in the 1964 election.
Johnson’s ad subtly but powerfully implied that a vote for Goldwater put the world on the path to nuclear destruction.
Today, a new ad from Secure America Now that recreates the famous “Daisy Girl” imagery is anything but subtle in suggesting Obama’s refusal to stand up to the Islamist government of Iran is putting America on the same disastrous path.
“These are the stakes,” the new “Daisy” ad declares. “We either stand up to supporters of terrorism, or we and our allies risk losing the freedom we cherish. We must not let the jihadist government of Iran get a nuclear bomb. President Obama has an opportunity to stop it. But he is failing. Join with us, and let’s secure America β now.”
Watch the new “Daisy” ad below:
Secure America Now describes itself as “a nonpartisan organization dedicated to bringing critical security issues to the forefront of the American debate.”
“We are Democrats, Republicans, Independents, conservatives and liberals who share a common concern about our security and liberty,” the organization’s website continues. “Our concerns have led us to create an organization that allows the American people to influence American security and foreign policy.”
Allen Roth, president of Secure America Now, told Breitbart News he hopes this re-imagined “Daisy” commercial “will educate Americans on the dangers of a nuclear Iran and activate Secure America Now’s grassroots army to demand policymakers listen to our concerns.”
The advertisement is tied to another Secure America Now website, TheTruthAboutIran.com, that illustrates the connection between Iran, Islamic terror and the nuclear threat to the United States, encouraging visitors to sign a petition to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
“Iran is not only the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, they openly brag about providing Hamas with missile technology,” Roth further told Bretibart. “Between rockets launched behind human shields in Gaza to Hamas guerrillas tunneling into Israel, America can no longer ignore how a nuclear Iran would further destabilize the world.”
In the original, 1964 “Daisy” ad, also known as the “Peace Little Girl” commercial, a two-year-old Monique M. Corzilius is seen similarly counting petals before a countdown commences and explosions erupt.
Incumbent President Johnson can then be heard in the voiceover declaring, “These are the stakes: to make a world in which all of God’s children can live, or to go into the dark. We must either love each other, or we must die.”
The advertisement, and Johnson’s speeches in the 1964 campaign, played upon the belief that Goldwater would be willing to use nuclear weapons.
Though the Johnson campaign only aired the advertisement once β during the Sept. 7, 1964, broadcast of “David and Bathsheba,” starring Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward βthe news media replayed the controversial advertisement often, cementing its stunning, emotional impact on the American electorate. Johnson defeated Goldwater by a wide margin in the election less than two months later.
Watch the 1964 “Daisy” commercial below: