However, the stock market crash came less three months into Blackford's term. Blackford was unable to deal with the resulting depression in any tangible way. The outbreak of the Pacific War with Japan in 1932 didn't help Blackford's popularity.
In an attempt to build support for the ticket as it sought re-election, Johnson arranged for Blackford to visit Los Angeles. As Blackford was in the middle of a speech, Japanese bombers attacked the city. Blackford and Johnson lost their re-election bid that November.