Sam Donaldson Reflects on Sammy Davis Jr. and Richard Nixon

Sam Donaldson looks back at the 1972 Republican National Convention in Miami.
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One prominent backer of the president and the commitment entertainer Sammy Davis you know. Davis told ABC's David Shoemaker in Washington tonight that he and other black -- they have come under some heat in the black community for backing the president. For most people the awareness of Sammy Davis junior was supporting President Nixon in the game at the convention when you -- -- your arms are. Now what's that all involved or -- you thought long and hard before you decided you were the president and no -- I had made my commitment to the president about two weeks prior to that but. I'm offended -- this which is the thing it's chock full of the world it -- including President Nixon. I think. That was rudely interrupted it was based upon what he would. You're gonna by Sammy Davis junior. -- inviting in the White House are gonna find by doing something for him. And that it. And he is did something very and it. And -- I didn't know what to do like that benefit -- tonight. I've been kind of a -- think people know that -- that would like to think that most people -- that. The signature room. And now we are joined by Sam Donaldson who is there with David -- -- hearing all about the -- a bit but that. Remember that moment I remember the -- right that you look at the expression Richard that things. That talk about a certain kind of grin.

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