Mar. 28 – I liked Ike

GabeBell Ringers, Government(BR)

On Mar. 28, 1969, President Dwight D. Eisenhower died.

Dwight David Eisenhower came onto the world stage when he served as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe, supervising the D-Day invasion and the defeat of Germany.

In 1952, he ran for president and won in a landslide. He governed as a moderate Republican, and was responsible for stopping Joseph McCarthy, signing the Civil Rights Act of 1957, and enforcing the integration of schools in Little Rock, Arkansas.

At the end of his term, his efforts to negotiate arms control agreements with the Soviet Union were thwarted when a U2 spy plane was shot down over Soviet territory. During the ensuing controversy, he became the first president to be shown to have openly lied to the press, setting off a downward spiral in relations between presidents and the media.

  1. Thinking about Eisenhower’s campaign ad, what does it tell you about the state of America in 1952?
  2. Twelve of the United States’ 45 presidents have been generals – more than one in four. In the UK, by contrast, only two prime ministers have been generals – the last in 1834. Why do you think that is?
  3. Eisenhower, the moderate Republican, was followed by John F. Kennedy, a moderate Democrat. Do you think a moderate Republican, or a moderate Democrat, could become president today?

Image Citation:

16, Mar. 2018, Picture of an “I like Ike” button [Digital photograph].  Retrieved from <>.