The All in the Family theme song, Those Were the Days, has an odd line in it.
Full lyrics here: link
The song appears to be a sincere reminiscent stroll down Memory Lane except for the line, “Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.”
Is this supposed to be sarcastic?
I know Hoover was widely respected before his presidency and then after his term, many years later, Truman relied on his expertise during his presidency.
Yet what Hoover is mostly remembered for was his failure during the Great Depression. He was widely ridiculed and his name served in a mocking fashion to describe shanty towns (Hoovervilles) and pockets turned inside out were known as Hoover Flags.
So back to the song. This one line seems out of place. Was this a deliberate insertion of sarcasm –the good old days weren’t as good as they seem- or is it sincere with the general population eventually regarding Hoover in a more positive light after the passage of time?