Producer/Director Bob Doyle on the Nixon & Kennedy campaigns – TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews

Producer/Director Bob Doyle on the Nixon & Kennedy campaigns – TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews


in 1960 you were the pool director
producer for the 60 political convention which is your last time doing that right
yeah they call me and said when I come do it and I said well you’ve got
somebody because you know I’ve been away a while and I’m down here in Salisbury
but I also needed the money so I didn’t really discourage them too much and I
had done all of Nixon’s television when he was running against Jack Kennedy when
he was campaigning against Jack Kennedy Nixon I had done his speech in the 60
convention when he accepted the nomination and he called me at me said
I’m gonna go all over the country and would you do half of all my television
broadcast and I’ve got a guy I knew quite well was coming through the other
half and we’ve all got together and said yeah it’d be 50 gosh they paid good
money whoa enormous Suns silly people and it worked
thoroughly enjoyed it political conventions are a joy but by the end
when the by the time the nineteen sixties one was over I knew I had it I
didn’t want to do any more they asked me to come back for 64 and suddenly I said
no I get somebody a train somebody else but somebody else learn how to do this
did you watch the great debate of 16 between Kennedy and Nixon mm-hmm what’d
you think of that well I knew what was going to happen
before it happened because I knew Nixon and he had hurt his knee and he was
scared and Jack Kennedy was supremely he had that Irish confidence and deafness
of words and all that I don’t pretend to be a great for master control masticator
of what happens but this one was an obvious one to me that they asked me to
direct that and I told him I didn’t want to I’m glad I didn’t the guy who did
direct it got sued and all kinds of problems by the Nixon people but yeah he
had in trouble over that huh I don’t know how much trouble he got into I
remember reading about the problems he had afterwards but it was such a
overwhelming defeat of Nixon by Kennedy that it was incredible Jack was a he was 2 years ahead of me in
college I know him slightly it was funny I had a roommate who was very high and a
socialist Boston I used to go to dev parties with him and they’d I’d say why
don’t you invite Jack Kennedy the women the mothers wouldn’t invite him his
reputation was wild even then poor Jack I’m so sorry I don’t know what would
have happened to him if he remained president died did I tell you that he
never passed a single piece of legislation when he was president not
one and Lyndon Johnson came in after jack was assassinated and I’ll tell you
about Jack saving television too but Lyndon Johnson came in and in six months
passed everything that that Jack Kennedy had proposed was Lyndon Johnson knew how
to get things through the house in the Senate

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