Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower

Presidency Of Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower

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The presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower began at noon on January 20, 1953; "Bob, Dick, and Harry: When a President Holds a Grudge," American Heritage, April/May 2006. Eisenhower's tenure in office was the first of any president to commence on that day and time as prescribed by the Twentieth Amendment. He defeated Adlai Stevenson in the 1952 U.S. presidential election. Ike, as he was popularly known, was the second president to have televised press conferences. His foreign policy was dominated by the Cold War. Most domestic affairs were left to his cabinet, though Eisenhower promoted an act which started the Interstate Highway System. He suffered both a heart attack and mild stroke during his presidency, which ended on January 20, 1961.

Election 1952

Eisenhower had been a favorite of the New Dealers during the war, especially Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Hopkins. Rejecting Democratic efforts to nominate him in 1948 and 1952, Eisenhower instead chose to run for the Republican Party nomination in 1952. His goal was to prevent Robert A. Taft's non-interventionism&mdash;such as opposition to NATO&mdash;from becoming public policy.

On domestic issues they were in general agreement, and a compromise was reached after Eisenhower won the nomination that Taft would be dominant in domestic affairs and stay out...
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