Iconic Ads That Represented the 20th Century

Published on September 5, 2021

1964: “Daisy”

As the fear of nuclear war loomed in 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson wanted to paint Republican Barry Goldwater as a pro-war type. When LBJ was running for president, his campaign came up with the “Daisy” ad which showed a little girl in a field playing with some flowers. Johnson’s voice boomed and as he spoke the words described what was at stake, and at the end of the ad, viewers would see a mushroom cloud. The attack ad had become a part of American culture and politics.