Recap from It's a Free Country.
Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, David Eisenhower, director of the Institute for Public Service at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, discussed his afterword to The United States Constitution: What It Says, What It Means: A Hip Pocket Guide and his grandfather's famous "military-industrial complex" speech.
David Eisenhower, grandson of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and his wife Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of Richard Nixon, give an intimate account of the final years of Dwight D. Eisenhower: one of the giants of the twentieth century. Going Home To Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969 depicts Dwight Eisenhower as both a beloved and forbidding figure. As the tumultuous 1960s dawned with assassinations, riots, and the divisive war in Vietnam, the former president tried to chart the correct course for himself, his party, and the country.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States. During his two terms, he enlarged Social Security, signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, and declared racial discrimination a national security issue. And, of course, before all that, he was a five-star general in the United States Army and Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II.
Widely considered a great president and a great Republican, many people still can’t help but like Ike.