Sunday, November 02, 2008
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Ike was essentially the CEO of World War II. He rose from being a mere Lieutenant Colonel in 1941 to a five-star general in 1945. As supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, he commanded the most powerful army, navy, and air force ever assembled on this great green sphere. He commanded the assault on Nazi-occupied France that led to the defeat of Nazi Germany. In peacetime he commanded the NATO forces. He ran for President, and stomped Adlai Stevenson. Twice.
He was unable to duplicate his battlefield victories in the oval office. Ike had a congressional majority for only two years of his presidency, and truth be told, not a lot was accomplished in those eight years. Ike, in particular, turned his back on the great racial divide that would soon fracture the country once again.
There is a large body of scholarship and innuendo to suggest that President Eisenhower, like many of his presidential brethren, catted around and around and around on his wife, Mamie. Kay Summersby, his British driver, is often mentioned as the booty call.
He was succeeded as President by Jack Kennedy in 1961 (not averse to a little catting around himself), who narrowly beat Richard M. Nixon, Ike's barely tolerated Vice-President.