Remembering Eisenhower, Looking Ahead at the Future of the GOP

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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.

And if his grandson David has anything to do with it, they’ll continue to like him for a lot longer. David Eisenhower is, along with his wife Julie Nixon Eisenhower, the author of “Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969.

If Ms. Eisenhower's last name sounds familiar, it’s because she’s the younger daughter of a man you may also have heard of: Ike’s vice president, Richard M. Nixon. 

They join us to talk about their new book and their memories of Ike.


Below, two campaign songs and record labels from Eisenhower's re-election campaign, in 1956:

Eisenhower campaign song: "I Go with I-K-E"

Eisenhower campaign song: "Hike with Ike"

Record label for "I Go For I-K-E"
Record label for "I Go For I-K-E" ( WNYC Archives )
Record label for "Hike with Ike"
Record label for "Hike with Ike" ( WNYC Archive Collections )
Record label for "Sound Off for Eisenhower"
Record label for "Sound Off for Eisenhower" ( WNYC Archives )
Record label for "Eisenhower Victory March"
Record label for "Eisenhower Victory March" ( WNYC Archives )
Record label for "Get Out and Fight For Ike"
Record label for "Get Out and Fight For Ike" ( WNYC Archives )
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