Nancy was in Washington, D.C. on a mission for peace in May 1968, as she met and exchanged gifts with Vice President Hubert Humphrey. United Press International (UPI) reported:
“Singer Nancy Sinatra called on Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey at the Capitol [...] and
the Veep presented her with a bracelet bearing the vice presidential seal.
Nancy, who is a supporter of Humphrey, gave him a string of Indian love beads.”
Five years earlier, with American involvement in Viet Nam escalating, Nancy had voiced her antiwar sentiment through her artistry. Released in June 1963, Nancy’s sixth U.S. single (Reprise 20,188) featured musically contrasting but lyrically complementary recordings: her self-penned declaration of young love, “One Way”; and her heartrending reading of the traditional folk song “Cruel War,” with its antiwar subtext. The latter is delivered from the point of view of a young woman who cannot bear to part with her lover as he prepares to go to war. She is willing to risk her life by following him into battle.
By 1968, Nancy expressed her antiwar stance and her dedication to our troops and veterans in
a more explicit way, as she strove to end the war in Viet Nam through her support of Hubert Humphrey in his campaign for the presidency:
“I joined the students for Humphrey and we were able to meet with him a couple of times.
We asked him to please take a stand against the Viet Nam war. He said he couldn’t because
he was still vice president [...]. I was so disappointed
but we had to understand his position.”