Hump Day Hilarity: Dewey Defeats Truman Déjà vu

Almost everyone has seen this famous photo of a newspaper headline from the 1948 election. Today, history repeated itself.


Dewey Defeats Truman” was an incorrect banner headline on the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune on November 3, 1948, the day after incumbent United States President Harry S. Truman won an upset victory over Republican challenger and Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 presidential election. It was famously held up by Truman at a public appearance following his successful election, smiling triumphantly at the error. -Wikipedia

History repeats itself via this German newspaper:


h/t to Pierre Gosselin


98 thoughts on “Hump Day Hilarity: Dewey Defeats Truman Déjà vu

  1. The most Hillary hilarity today is to watch the “analysts” double down on their loony-tunes Leftist beliefs while trying to figure out what happened.

  2. I heard on one news channel there’s was a magazine on the stands Tuesday night with a cover of Trump, a circle and cross bar over him and a caption, “Loser”.
    Haven’t seen it yet but would like to.

    • Yes and does the word “Potsdamer” above the headline have any relevance? It seems to ring a bell with respect to a famous German Instiute known as a prolific factory for failed predictions. I believe the term means a square or plaza in German, but in the climate world it simply means incompetent. Meanwhile in Canada I am listening to some of our national media report on the election in what they probably think is a very objective manner, when in fact it is all about highlighting what they feel is wrong or dangerous about Trump while ignoring the major concerns with the alternate.

      • “Potsdamerplatz” is the name of a famous square or plaza in Potsdam, a city in Germany (and also the name of a well-known German chorale or hymn-tune). “Potsdamer” means “of Potsdam” and likely refers to the name of the newspaper.

      • Potsdam is a city in the province (“Land”) of Brandenburg (of which Berlin was the historic capital long before it was capital of a united Germany). The front page of the newspaper clearly describes it as “the daily paper of Brandenburg”. NO RELEVANCE

    • Seems that the political prognosticators were as accurate as climate models…

      Here’s some unsolicited advice for the pollsters:

      Add a question to your surveys about how much the respondent trusts the mass media. Then adjust the results for people who admit to not taking what they get from the media as undeniably true.

    • We’re getting used to the same in the UK after “they” told us we would have a Labour gov at the last election and then that we’d vote to stay in Europe and it upset “them” greatly that we didn’t tow the line and do as we were told. Because of course “they” know best not us the great unenlightened.
      James Bull

  3. I find it curious how the left infinitely divides the public into this or that group requiring some kind of special consideration yet complains that any other approach is “divisive” Odd

    • For example, this was a “white-lash” according to Van Jones.
      Did they ever use any term other than “historic” or “inspiring” in 2008?
      White trash be like “gimme dat MAGA trucker hat…”

    • Indeed, how did that speech from Martin Luthor King go, something about character, not physical characteristics, being the most important thing (paraphrased).
      p.s. I remember when Mr. Trump made a comment regarding a judge along the lines of “he’s Mexican”. I have noticed that it is common for Americans (at least in media reporting) to relate closely with their ancestral origins. This manifests in 10th, say, generation Americans calling themselves e.g. “Dutch” when they are definitely not and this is amplified when there is a fine breakdown of the populace at election times, we see Latino-Americans, Cuban-Americans, African-Americans etc. etc. etc. instead of Americans singular. What happened to the American melting pot.

      • +1 There should be no hyphenated Americans. It’s part of a strategy to divide and conquer and the MSM promotes it just like they promote CAGW.

      • Richard,
        Beware the mass media lens . . I wouldn’t recognize what it projects as the country I’ve lived in my whole life, if they didn’t say the name occasionally . .

      • “What happened to the American melting pot.”
        The bottom fell out when “The Race Card” became more important than the “We The People” card.

      • He should have said “He’s La Raza”. Which the judge is. La Raza (means the race) is a racist group on par with the KKK and BLM. And is just as ignorant (it wants the old Aztec empire to extend into the American southwest – a place it never existed).

  4. “Seems that the political prognosticators were as accurate as climate models…” Same MSM same propaganda. Tell the lies and suppress the truth long enough and people will believe them. Anyone that thinks the pollsters just made errors is naive. The whole UN/AGW cabal will be exposed and they know it but there’s no where to hide. The MSM under Trump is already under fire and they’ll need to protect themselves through appeasement.

    • I’ve already seen a rather red-faced reversal of the media assassination of “Trump the candidate” here on St. Louis MO tele news.

      • I think this election was an indicator of how many Americans are hypnotized by the media. Thankfully, still not the majority.

  5. Nope…this one was not a repeat of anything
    This was monumental…and the largest political coup ever in this country…one of the largest ever in the world
    Every entity tried to rig this election….all over the world
    Media, news, mags, movies, TV shows….tried to rig it
    Universities/schools…tried to rig it
    Soros, Kock, etc……tried to rig it
    Banks, insurance, etc….tried to rig it
    Governments, EU, etc….tried to rig it
    Our own government, FBI, DOJ, EPA, IRS, Judges, etc…..tried to rig it
    People were paid to riot, demonstrate……tried to rig it
    Polls…..tried to rig it
    No voting machine in this country had to be “re-calibrated” because it changed a vote from democrat to republican……tried to rig it
    Illegals voted, and were encouraged by our president to vote…..tried to rig it
    Dead people were bused all over to vote…tried to rig it
    ….and on and on
    Colossal, monumental…..but not a repeat…this was a one of a kind

    • Wall Street….tried to rig it
      Every political party, Democrat, Communist, Republican…..tried to rig it
      Every left over hippy green organization….tried to rig it
      Every Black organization….tried to rig it

      • Well, I’m not sure about rigging, but the unions were supporting her and the “rank & file” was not necessarily behind them like they’d hoped.

    • Newsweek always does both covers and ships the correct one as soon as the election is called. So they can hit the newstands the next day.

  6. Yes I believed the polls, as said above, the predictive models were bad.
    Were Trump to lose I was waiting for headlines saying.
    ‘Your Fired’.
    Perhaps that epithet could be applied to the loser.

  7. This is the second stanza from Lord Byron’s — The Destruction Of Sennacherib
    Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green
    That host with their banners at sunset were seen
    Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn hath blown
    That host on the morrow lay withered and strown

  8. I heard some of the smug, insulting remarks by the usual leftist comedians. They speak of the American people in such a demeaning manner. And, as usual, obsessed with sex and “clever” potty mouth remarks.
    I wonder how many of them even know this short poem:
    “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
    Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
    They are such ignorant, mean, and despicable people.
    And they wonder why we hate them.

    • The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
      And on the pedestal, these words appear:
      My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
      Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
      Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
      Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
      The lone and level sands stretch far away.
      Part of one of my favourites.

    • It wasn’t all that long ago that comedians could have entire audiences rolling in the aisles without using a single naughty word and without insulting anyone.
      Today’s so called comedians are nothing more than shock jocks, getting easy laughs out of audiences they are sure will agree with them regarding who it is safe to hate.
      Listen to Bill Cosby’s dentist routine.

  9. Looks like a case of somebody counting their chickens before they came home to roost….
    FYI, the railroad car that President Truman was photographed on is the “Ferdinand Magellan” a special Pullman Car modified for exclusive service for POTUS FDR in the 1930’s.
    As extreme armored car an there ever was one, they put multiple lengths of railroad rail in the floor and encased them in concrete. It has 3″ thick bullet proof windows and escape hatches in the roof above FDR’s bathroom to extract the POTUS if there was an accident. A monster car with a weight of 285,000 pounds, the heaviest railroad passenger car ever in the USA.
    It is a US National Historic Landmark and is preserved in Miami. It was the “Air Force One” of it’s day.
    As a climate related factoid several people rode out Hurricane Andrew inside this car and survived unscathed as the hurricane passed just about directly overhead.
    Cheers, Kevin.

  10. Slight edit;
    “As extreme armored car an there ever was one”
    reads better as
    “As extreme an armored car as there ever was”

    • Jon —
      YOUR HIRED! Perfect!!! — since we know all their little minds were planning on the headline “Your fired!”
      Eugene WR Gallun

  11. A national recall went out Wednesday for the special “Madame President” issue of Newsweek that was prematurely shipped to stores and newsstands across the country.
    At the same time, the publisher of the magazine will rush the “President Trump” version of the commemorative issue to press on Thursday — so it will get to stores next week.
    “Like everybody else, we got it wrong,” said Tony Romando, CEO of Topix Media, the Newsweek partner which produces special issues under the popular brand.
    Romando claims only 17 Clinton magazines were sold — out of 125,000 printed and shipped.

  12. I congratulate my American friends on their victory and yes even as an Aussie I knew Trump would win , bad polls bad media reviews were an obvious stooge and they missed the obvious which was the lack of Clinton signs on front lawns (among others).
    I notice our politicians here in oz saying the same thing couldn’t happen here ( a reference to Pauline Hanson) but again they mis the obvious , us plebs are sick of our mainstream political parties and Pauline is our Trump .

    • I think you nailed it. I work in DC, so I swim in an unrelenting sea of liberals. But on weekends riding the motorcycle in the rural areas outside the liberal safe zones – Trump signs everywhere. Western Maryland, Eastern Maryland, Western Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania – all covered with Trump signs. The media never bothered to leave their echo chamber safe zones so never got a feel for how the rest of the country was trending. But if you never spend any time talking to anyone other than like minded people, then – yes – this result would have come as a complete surprise. I, however, was not (well, maybe a little).

      • Yep. Remember that New Yorker commenting on the 1972 election? I expected a Dewey Wins moment, for the same reason that it happened the first time. Sampling bias compounded with confirmation bias.

  13. You know what I’m waiting for? Just a bit before the election Michael Moore did something surprising and at least partly understood why trump was doing well. In doing so, he said something somewhat positive about people considered to be on the political “right”.
    As many of us here know from experience, taking a stand on something like that is…well darned near heresy to the left. Is it possible that a media darling like Moore might be ejected by the left and forced to face the stark reality of…well…reality outside of that echo chamber?

  14. “Think of it as of the evolution in action,” Larry Niven used to say.
    The only way to really understand history is from the evolutionary perspective.
    We don’t wear “diversity” on our skins, we keep it inside our heads.

  15. I understand that TIme also had to destroy a lot of covers as it had the same cover as the Germans. The difference is they had time to do it. And the foresight to wait.

  16. One of the things I’ve been predicting for months was that, after a Trump win (should such an unforeseeable event take place) that there would be a lot of Democrat Senators and Representatives that would suddenly re-discover the Constitution.
    Low and behold, this morning I’m watching Barbara Mikulski congratulating Chris Van Hollen on winning her vacant Senate seat and advising him to call the President Elect and remind him that Congress is a co-equal branch of government.
    I’m vindicated in less than 24 hours.

  17. I say “turnabouts is fair play”. Here’s hoping The Donald’s first executive order is the recall of Bark O’bummer’ Executive orders.

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