Dec. 16 (Monday)

The Last Good Republican President?
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 David Dwight Eisenhower
Full Name: David Dwight Eisenhower
Born: Oct. 14, 1890 in Denison, Texas
Died: March 28, 1969 in Washington, D.C.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States (1953-1961). However, he’s best remembered as a five-star general who served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II.

Eisenhower became NATO’s first supreme commander in 1951. With World War II finished and Europe and Japan largely in ruins, Eisenhower’s terms as President were, not surprisingly, relatively peaceful and prosperous. Indeed, Eisenhower might be considered the last good Republican president elected after World War II when compared to some of the right-wing warmongers who followed him, including Richard Nixon (who served as Eisenhower’s Vice President), Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

Yet Eisenhower was still a relatively militaristic president whose paranoia of communism drove him to meddle in the affairs of other nations, using nuclear weapons as threats. Ironically, Eisenhower warned Americans of the dangers posed by the growing military-industrial complex in his farewell address. As far as I know, this was the first time the term was used. (See a video of his speech)