"Bush's writers-Robert Grady, who wrote speeches for Bush during the 1988 campaign, Peggy Noonan, who wrote for former President Ronald Reagan, and Roger Ailes, who managed Bush's campaign advertising-sought a way to connect with younger voters, a key voting bloc for the GOP.
The device they chose was a simple phrase-'this age of miracles and wonders'-drawn from one of Paul Simon's largest-selling songs. Noonan had employed a similar device in Bush's highly successful 1988 GOP convention speech..."
- LA Times article on the '92 Bush campaign, 1/29/92
"'These are the days of miracle and wonder,' sang Paul Simon in the 1980s. It ran through my head all morning, from out of nowhere, and I think I know why."
- Column on the Challenger disaster, 2/1/03
"Crazy Jersey Guy in the second car is blasting the wild opening of the first cut of "Graceland" by Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Paul Simon:
And the sun was beating
On the soldiers by the side of the road . . .
These are the days of miracles and wonders
This is the long-distance call
Driver of the first car grabs the radio. Old Man stops him. Laughs through his nose. Says, 'Give it a second.'
They race forward in the darkness.
'Don't cry baby, don't cry . . .'"
- Imagining the Special Forces raid that will someday kill Osama bin Laden, 3/10/03
"As the lyrics came—'The way we look to a distant constellation / That’s dying in a corner of the sky / . . . Don’t cry baby / Don’t cry'—my eyes filled with tears. And a sob welled up and I literally put my hands to my face and sobbed, silently, for I suppose a minute."
- Discussing the 2016 election, 4/21/16
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