Plans are currently underway to develop a proposed memorial to Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States and the victorious general of the Second World War. He was elected in 1952. I voted for Adlai Stevenson!
Erecting new memorials almost always generates conflict, hostility and winners and losers. The proposed Eisenhower Memorial is no exception and George Will, whose opinions I always respect but do not always agree with, has entered the fray blistering the proposed four acre memorial to be erected on Independence Avenue across the street from the National Mall. Will says that it is much more of a memorial to the designer than to the general. I have no right to an opinion on that subject but I do agree with Will that Eisenhower ended up being an extraordinarily effective president. Many thought that his skill as a general would not translate easily into the political decisions of the White House.
Will has reminded us of many of Eisenhower’s accomplishments including ending the Korean War, twice resisting the pressure to enter into the Vietnamese conflict, and tough and meaningful elections on racial issues in the early 1950’s. For me, one of the most important accomplishments of this president was that during his eight years in office no American serviceman died in combat! What an accomplishment given the agonizing suffering that our country has endured since he left office.
Sorry Adlai but I don’t think you could have done as well.