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have a fabulous sweep from the white house in the office of the president of the united states we present the farewell address for president eisenhower as his office comes to an end at noon on friday. he has chosen this time for his final speech. ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. >> good evening my fellow americans. in the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence whether sought or unsought by the military industrial complex.
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>> the military-industrial complex, it's one of the most famous phrases ever spoken by a united states president. >> the sky rained a downpour of destruction. google it and you will get millions of results. >> i do worry about america's military-industrial complex, using any excuse to ramp up the war machine again. >> in a more than half century since president eisenhower said it, it's been regularly invoked by all sorts of people, in all sorts of places. for all its use, is it truly understood? >> can we not trust anything being said by the military-industrial complex of this great country? >> indeed the meaning has changed through time and continues to change. >> beware of the military-industrial complex.
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>> i don't believe that the question of the military industrial complex was quite the phrase that it is today. in other words, i think it grew. >> why was it part of eisenhower's farewell address delivered three days before john f. kennedy took office. in it, he was trying to offer some hard-line wisdom. >> people try to force choices on the american people. it's a very powerful speech, as you know. the sadness of what went wrong in the 20th century really permeates this speech them anyway. >> the power and depth in this speech are part of why i decided to take my own look at the man and his final days in office in
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my new book, three days in january. dwight eisenhower's final mission. >> he was a forward-looking man who had seen a lot, and as meaningful as the speech was then, it still speaks to us today. >> in your grandfather's farewell speech, who was he reaching out to, do you think. >> the last paragraph of that speech is my favorite thing that's ever come out of his mouth. it starts, we pray the people of all faith, all races, all nations, and it goes on. i think, he was really appealing to the world. he was really hoping that everybody could find a way to live in peace. >> eisenhower, by draining the swamp, so to speak, try to restore normalcy in america. that was something he was pursuing as in a republican. he this was an alternative to the democratic program.
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>> the eisenhower era is often painted as a sleepy time where most americans lived quiet prosperous lives, but in fact, it was a roaring time in american history. the cold war had begun and the nuclear age was upon us. for all the surface on, it was anxiety coming, with another war that could start ending humanity. civil rights, recessions and the 50s weren't always the happy days something they were. and that is why those three days in january, a transition from eisenhower to kennedy, from republican to democrat, from the old guard to the new frontier were a crucial time in our history. >> the turnover, the keys to the closet probably gave them some pause. he didn't know kennedy very well. there was a lot of rhetoric
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during that campaign that happened during the campaign where perhaps fear would play a bigger role in national life. >> the times were indeed changing. that was both a promise and a threat. >> ike through a speech, it has gone down in history as a caution to those who listen. the struggles in america, talking clearly about russia, but also but also talking about the struggles within america that were brought about by technical revolution that was occurring, and the lack of balance. >> i thought it was just ordinary speech, like many people thought about presidents, he was one of the greatest world readers. i don't think it was one of the wisest speeches now.
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>> perhaps it's time for a new look at eisenhower as warrior, pres., american, a man whose man whose words and actions still have something to teach us. >> he was leaving a legacy in that speech. i think every person who is the slightest bit interested in our civic culture should read it. >> there's a great deal of residence in the farewell address. it almost works every time there is an administration change. there is a very big temptation just to do your job, leave on a high note and leave it for the next guy to clean up and sortadt next guy to clean up and sortadt out. >> it was may when dad forgot how to brush his teeth ask about once-a-day namzaric. namzaric is approved for moderate to severe alzheimer's disease in patients who are taking donepezil. it may improve cognition and overall function, and may slow the worsening of symptoms for a while. namzaric does not change the underlying disease progression. don't take if allergic to memantine, donepezil, piperidine, or any of the ingredients in namzaric.
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>> dwight david eisenhower was born in denison, texas on october 14, 18901890. the third of seven brothers. his parents, david and ida called him ike, a nickname nickname that would stick. the family moved to abilene, kansas in 1892. he moved into this home in 1896. for years, there was no running water or indoor plumbing. >> he learned to like the arctic typical american. he never had a sense of snobbery about him. to the contrary. he was someone who liked the type of hard-working american. >> he graduated from high school in 1909, and in 1911, after scoring well on an entrance exam, he was accepted to west point. out of 164 students, he finished 61st academically, and a
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dismal 125th and discipline, but he was very likable. one commander after another would see his potential as he rose through the ranks. his first assignment, in 1915, was at fort sam houston in san antonio where he trained enlisted men. it was also the place where he met his future wife from denver. they married in 1916 and he was assigned in 1919 to fort meade in maryland. there, tragedy struck. their first child died of scarlet fever at the age of three. as ike moved from one assignment to the next over the years, he became known as one of the most efficient and hard-working officers around. december 7, 1941, pearl harbor, america joined world war ii. eisenhower was called to
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washington where he soon distinguished himself as a good strategic thinker, just six months later, he went to london where he planned the invasion of north africa. >> he was a good man, a tough man. he tried to treat everybody the same. i was on duty and i would take my weapons with me just in case anybody gets fresh, you know. >> in december 1943, president roosevelt informed eisenhower he would command operation overlord, a direct invasion of france. this was the make or break moment for the war in europe. all the heavyweights, fdr, churchill, de gaulle, they were putting their faith in ike. the response of responsibility of d-day, as it was popularly
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known, rested on his shoulders. he said, if any blame falls to the attempt, it is mine alone. he he accidentally dated at july 5. >> general eisenhower would take responsibility for failure. he would manage failure if failure happened in a way most helpful for political leaders. >> june 6, almost 4500 men hundred men died that day. many more were wounded, but the allies gained its foothold and it turned out to be decisive. within a year, victory was achieved in europe. ike got a tickertape parade when he returned to the united states. >> this was the first time i had seen so many military uniforms and eisenhower's five stars,
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which we all counted, was just one of the most thrilling days of my life. >> politicians quickly urged eisenhower to run for the white house. >> eisenhower would say i'm not a politician but he had a key ability to bring people together in a kind of calm and unified way. there was nothing user back about him. >> dealing with the ego management issues with murphy and de gaulle and patton and bradley and all these giants striding the earth at this particular time. i think those kinds of experiences help when exercising strategic leadership. >> in 1947, president truman encouraged ike to run for president, promising to step aside. eisenhower, who did not even have a party affiliation, declined. he did except one offer prior to being army chief of staff, in
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1948 he became president of columbia university. >> i have come to columbia as a new recruit or hear i believe the term would be freshman. >> eisenhower, no longer on active duty, was not involved in the korean war which started in 1950, but upon president truman's request, he became the supreme commander of the recently born north atlantic treaty organization or nato. meanwhile the calls for eisenhower to run for the white house grew louder. >> i decided to run for president in march of 1952. he immediately resigned his position as nato commander, highly sensitive about any possible mix between politics and the military. he also formally retired from the army.
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>> nobody knew really whether he was a democrat or republican. in the end he chose the republican party. he chose it because, at heart, he was a fiscal conservative. he. he was however, a republican internationalist, not a nationalist. >> out of the heartland of america, out of his small frame house in abilene, kansas, came a man, dwight d eisenhower. >> he had a tough a tough fight getting the republican nomination because robert taft represented the hard conservative party. they slugged him around a little bit, but in 52 he gets the nomination. >> president of the united states, dwight d eisenhower. >> as is running mate, he chose someone to balance the ticket, senator next and from california. young and fiercely anti- communist. >> eisenhower facing his democratic opponent won in a landslide. >> so help me god.
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>> on inauguration day, eisenhower came walking down. i said mr. president, can i take a picture mark he stopped, and he said fix the flash and takes take the picture. >> this is a very kind and caring man. >> 1953, ike had one world war ii, but he had never held office before. >> america held its breath and wondered what would happen next. d plus the 12 hour pain relieving strength of aleve. now i'm back. aleve pm for a better am.
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danger it poses. [inaudible] >> in world war ii america had joined with the soviet union to defeat fascism. >> g.i. joe gets along famously with red ivan army and the way to make friends with the post. >> soon relationships became sour with the struggle of superpowers. >> we sense with all our faculty that senses of good and evil are armed and opposed. >> the great threat now was communism, godless communism, thus in eisenhower's first term, he signed a bill that added under god to the pledge of allegiance, and another declaring in god we trust, the national motto. in general, the prospect of a
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nuclear nuclear confrontation between the soviet union and the united states consumed eisenhower his atoms for peace beach in 1953 led to the creation of the international atomic energy agency or the iaea. >> united states pledges before you, and therefore before the world, its determination to help solve the atomic dilemma. >> i interviewed his grandson david on ike's farm in gettysburg, which became the eisenhower family complex. >> the prospect of nuclear weapons and nuclear war was always looming over your grandfather. did you get a sense of that. >> very much so. i definitely recognize the special character and there was an expectation that they can be
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used. everyone hurry up to acquire them. >> he did not want to build a bombshell and said it wouldn't do us any good. if we ever have a nuclear exchange, he didn't want to set an example of creating a sense of fear with the american population. >> dwight eisenhower was extremely popular. in 1955 the gallup poll found him over 70% approval rating by the american people. these are unheard of numbers. why? peace and prosperity. >> in 1955 he suffered a heart attack. as he recovered, many speculated he would not run for a second term. >> if there's anything wrong with me, i would like to know about it. >> by the beginning of 1956, he was back, he was back, leaving the country. ike ran again in a rematch with stevenson. he won by an even bigger landslide. >> the next four years will be more important than the past.
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with faith in ourselves and our country and the creator who is father of us all all. >> back in 1956, the hungarian government had tried to escape the iron curtain by withdrawing from the warsaw pact. the soviet leader sent in the red army to crush the revolution. ike protested, but did not intervene. in 1957, he seven, he did however send troops to lebanon to support that pro-western government when the pan- arab revolution, led by soviet ally and egyptian president. >> each time america tried to threat soviet union, soviet union reacted very strongly. 1957, america tried to overthrow the new regime in syria and soviets make their exercise on america step back. it was to crisis around
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recognition. >> in berlin, administered by the allied forces since the war, they threatened to force out u.s., british and french troops if soviet run east germany was not recognized. >> my father told, you have to recognize east germany as a state. of course american say no we don't have to recognize and doing so will keep you out of their leak. >> the standoff led to the construction of the berlin wall. >> the race to launch the first man made -- man to the moon has begun. >> i remember the week that we spent in gettysburg under the
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skies looking for it. >> the space race was underway and nasa was created. it helped fuel the arms race. >> my father. [inaudible] so he tried to threaten america. if we have more missiles than you, we can fry them like sausages. i said what are you talking about, we have only six missiles. he told them not care how many missiles we have. i want americans to believe that we are very strong. >> in the arms race, it was never to stockpile so many weapons. this is also accompanied by determinants to bring this race under control and achieve a level of understanding where we recognize we had profound mutual interest in our mutual survival. >> which is why your grandfather reaches out and invites them here.
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>> yes. >> in 1959, he is joined by his wife and son and they made the first visit by a russian leader to the united states. eisenhower escorted the soviet leader and his wife through the nations capital, amid maximum security and thousands of onlookers. there were meetings at the white house and visits to washington d.c. landmarks. these home videos give a rare glimpse of the soviet leaders as they get to know america to her and continued on to new york city, los angeles, and even a stop at a farm in iowa. then back to camp david with private talks with president eisenhower, followed by a visit to his home and family in gettysburg, pennsylvania. >> this is where you would have met the soviet premier. >> right here. >> by simply knowing people, is
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what all entities must do if they are going to put you at war with them and that is to dehumanize the other side. i suddenly saw this man as a human. >> the trip went well. there was talk of eisenhower visiting moscow the following year. on may 1, 1960, the soviet union shot down an american spy plane over one of their missile sites. >> it was shot down in the u2 and that pretty much puts a halt to that relationship, it seemed, seems, that your grandfather was building. >> what the you to allowed him to do or forced him to do was to really think hard about how much the soviets really wanted a thought at that point. >> your grandfather didn't apologize. >> that's right. >> the fact that he was made to feel that he should apologize, this is probably a measure of collapse of this agreement all the more. >> eisenhower had worked for two
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>> so in this last year, i think you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and peace. >> 1960, senator john f. kennedy narrowly defeated richard nixon in a hard-fought battle to win the white house. while america prides itself on the peaceful transfer of power, the transition from one
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president to the next, especially from different parties, can sometimes be prickly. in 1953, the transition from truman to eisenhower had been challenging. >> truman said eisenhower knows no more about politics than a pig knows about sunday. >> the relationship between the democrats and republicans were so cold that the eisenhower chose to sit in their car, instead of of accepting an invitation to come to the white house for a pre-inauguration public coffee. now eisenhower would be welcoming another democrat, the young, vital, john f. kennedy he hoped to set an example in handing over the presidency. not that the president liked everything kennedy had said, in particular particular he was offended by the claim of a missile gap with the soviet. >> in 1959, we are now threatened with a nuclear gas that leaves us and potentially grave danger. the question is, what must we do to regain our strength. >> he not only felt there was no
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truth to the claim but suggested kennedy was playing politics, trying to make the eisenhower administration appear weak. nevertheless, the outgoing president wanted to work with kennedy and prepare him for the job ahead. >> it was great when kennedy won the election that eisenhower approached him and saw to it that he was thoroughly indoctrinated about what was going on. >> kennedy, he felt was just the junior senator from massachusetts, who was a novice, who knew nothing about the world at large. this is general eisenhower, and kennedy was just a young lieutenant in the navy. this was a kid. he was coming into the white house from eisenhower's perspective, a kid vastly unprepared. >> the world was now a different place. nuclear warfare changed all the equations. president eisenhower's feelings came across quite clearly to those who saw him in action.
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for example he held informal weekly meeting with congressional leadership. >> they were discussing nuclear weapons and what we needed, people were just talking, talking, talking. after maybe five or ten minutes of this, he brought his right hand down on the cabinet table with a resounding crack, and they all came to instant attention. he said god dammit, how many times can you kill a man. on that point, that issue loomed large for him. the atomic bomb and what it meant for the world. >> i always felt he was very much aware of what the nuclear issues, questions were, and had decisive ideas about the need to restrain them and to try to put
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them on ice, so to speak. >> ike used his final days in office to ensure kennedy was briefed as thoroughly as possible regarding the world situation, but on top of that, he planned to give a speech, a final speech, one that would be filled with words of advice for the new president. this was not a sudden idea. he had been preparing the speech for the past two years, well before he knew who would be running, much less who would be president. >> eisenhower was somebody who did not simply take speeches or drafts that other people prepared for him and deliver them. he put his stamp on every one of those. you see a lot of typewriting, but you see even more handwriting, and all of it is eisenhower's. >> he knew what was going to be big because you don't do 21 drafts on a speech for a farewell address if you didn't
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>> when dwight david eisenhower went before the camera to deliver his farewell address on january 17, 1961, it was his last chance to speak to all of america as president. >> this evening i come to you with a message of leavetaking and farewell. >> from start to end it was just about 16 minutes but it expressed a lifetime of experience. >> we have realized that america's leadership and prestige depends, not merely on our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the matters of world peace and human betterment. >> after seeing jfk warned of a missile gas, he had reason to worry that he might commit unworthy goals, perhaps itching for a fight. >> disarmament is a continuing imperative. >> one thing eisenhower had
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agreed upon is no one could win a nuclear war and eisenhower was desperate to move america off any path that would end in such destruction. >> as one who knows that another work would utterly destroy the civilization, i wish i could say tonight that a lasting peace is insight, but so much remains to be done. >> then came the moment in his speech that is most remembered. >> we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. >> it was all the more powerful coming from the general who had one world war ii. he had seen a new industry rising up alongside america's powerful military. the suppliers him submarines, missiles, jets and so on have their own interests. >> until the latest of our world conflicts, the united states had
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no armament industry. the american makers could, with time, and as required, make swords as well. we well. we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportion. >> this is a point many missed. he used the military industrial complex as a rallying cry against both sides. he understood not only that we had a large military and corporations to supply it, but this arrangement was necessary. the problem, whether there was undue influence. the goal, proper balance. with the phrase military-industrial complex, ike was saying something subtle and measured, not simply exploding, america had in the past, feared a large standing army become its own power base, but now the nation had to reconcile it itself to a new era. >> only alert and knowledgeable citizens can compel the proper
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meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals. let's secure so liberty can prosper together. >> the military and arms industry and government presented a tricky relationship. >> the prospect of domination by nation scholars by allocations and education and the power of money is present and greatly to be regarded we must be alert to equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the scientific technical elite topic. >> this complex he referred to was more complex than many thought. sort of a military industrial congressional scientific complex. >> he didn't say congressional because he was probably
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persuaded not too, even though he felt it, congress would not have appreciated that one bit, and yet, that's where it was. >> in its day, his his farewell address did not receive anywhere near the fanfare of the new president's inaugural address, but his speech was meant for the ages, not just for the headlines he wanted jfk to heed his warning, but he had expressed division not not nearly for the days ahead, but for the decades it works with the water in your body to hydrate and soften, unblocking your system naturally. miralax.
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like every other citizen, ike
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was with the new president and all who are with them, godspeed. i hope that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all. >> eisenhower had delivered his speech, but did it sink in? >> anytime the country is in some peril, facing a powerful adversary, there is always concern. >> when jfk gave his extraordinary inaugural address just three days later. >> asked not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. >> ike's speech already seemed like old news. >> was there a sense that the incoming administration kind of thought they knew what was going to happen and they had a steep learning curve. >> they were very cocky, but they won.
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they found out, as they went on, that running the country took more than what had been thought. >> fidel castro had taken control of cuba in 1959. the. the country had developed a working relationship with the soviets, and eisenhower favored the overthrow of their new leader but knew plans were in the earlier stages. >> jfk agreed with the goal, and in 1961, fast tracked the bay of pigs invasion headed by a group of cuban exiles trained by the cia. >> eisenhower, keep in mind, never did greenlight the day of pigs invasion. it was the plan that was being seriously talked about. it was a disaster, ending in a quick surrender and a huge pr victory for castro. >> when they invaded cuba on april 17, 1961, it was my father's birthday. >> april 22, 1961, president
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kennedy called for eisenhower to meet him at camp david. ike, the man who planned d-day question the new president about the operation. he felt kennedy needed to do more than simply sign off on a plan recommended by the cia and the joint chiefs of staff. even worse, kennedy had called off air support hoping to conceal american involvement. eisenhower told him people would know the u.s. was involved once such a plan was set in motion. the only thing to do was see it through. u.s. soviet relations continue to deteriorate during the crisis of october 1962 and the soviets placed missiles in cuba. once again kennedy sought out eisenhower. >> what is your judgment as to the chances they will fire these
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things off and invade cuba. in other words, you would would take that risk if the situation came about. >> this is a serious thing that we are going to be uneasy and we know what's happening now, all right. something may make these people shoot them off. i just don't know. i'll tell you this, i'd i'd want to keep my own people very alert. >> ultimately the situation wasn't resolved peacefully. >> in 1963, president kennedy was assassinated. as domestic protest against the vietnam war mounted, ike
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sympathized with lbj. >> he wrote this to you, no one could hate war more than i, but i get very upset when i find people who are quite willing to enjoy the rights afforded by this country but publicly announce to flaunt their responsibility. >> do you remember this? >> yes i do. there you are in the middle of it, in college and so forth so you don't even think about it. >> the vietnam war ended in 1975. eisenhower did not live to see it. from 1955 until his death, his death, he had seven heart attacks. he finally succumbed to congestive heart failure on march 28, 1969. >> you were with your grandfather in the hospital when he passed. can you passed. can you tell me what that was like. >> it was powerful then -- he
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was a powerful man and became frail but his inner light never dimmed. the thing that impresses me about him was really his matter-of-fact courage when he faced his frailty and mortality. i had no experience with this at all.und what he went through. >> eisenhower's legacy lives on it and that one phrase continues to be heard throughout the political abate. >> the military industrial complex. >> on tuesday evening, president president obama gave his farewell address. it was almost 35 minutes longer than eisenhower's, and, and it a break from tradition was delivered it in a setting more akin to a political rally.
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>> i can't do that. in ten days, the world will witness a hallmark of our democracy. the peaceful transfer of power from one freely elected president to the next. >> how will president obama's speech be remembered? time will tell. those who know president eisenhower's story believe his lessons need not just to be remembered, but more importantly, applied. >> i think his futuristic and prophetic thoughts need to be passed on. they were just as important today as they were then and the best we can do is share the knowledge with young people today so maybe a shred of those values come through. >> can you imagine eisenhower in our current time and how he
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would deal with some of the challenges that we have as a country? >> decisively and fairly. >> he was a man that we wish we had today, who was considerate of others, willing to listen to the other point of view. >> i think when you look back and assess the period of his presidency, indeed, his actions as president, they stand up in a very impressive fashion. >> if we kind of paid attention to what he thought and envisioned and hoped for, i think we would be in a lot better shape than we are now. >> every president deals with the most critical problems of the time. the decision of how to tackle them comes from their own perspective. the one question ike always asked, is it good for america? that question drives most decisions inside the white house
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