President Dwight D. Eisenhower Essay

2560 Words Jul 23rd, 2011 11 Pages
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the beloved and protective father figure of post-World War II, is perhaps most revered for his competence, and whose leadership as a Commander-In-Chief kept a nation safe during an unsettling period of the Cold War. He is highly regarded as one of our country’s greatest military leaders; however, he is considered a good, but not a great president. ‘Great presidents’ inherently ‘possess’ a visionary leadership role; that is they know the direction in which they want to steer the country to, where it came from, and where it currently is. They are leaders with a moral compass in a sense, as they are able to clarify and quantify the ‘needs‘, wants, and ‘anxieties’ of the American citizenry during a particular …show more content…
Brownell would later become Attorney General in the Eisenhower administrations. Ike, the competent General-turned-candidate was demonstrable in his personal appeal but lacked a political prowess he would later come to regret. He allowed the Republican Party to choose his vice presidential running mate Senator Richard Nixon from California. In the party’s eye Nixon would become an asset in bridging Eisenhower with the Republican Old Guard; that is, Nixon could bring in the full support of the Southern Republicans who were essential if the party was to have a chance to regain the presidency held by the Democrats for two decades. The move was a shrewd calculation, because besides getting elected Eisenhower “would need a united party if he were to lead a successful administration”. During the 1952 presidential campaign, John Foster Dulles was brought in to help with Eisenhower’s main platform, which was foreign policy, followed by fiscal conservatism. John Dulles would later become the administration’s Secretary of State. In understanding presidential politics and the amount of personal involvement, it is easier for me to understand the office of the president as being either foreign affairs as their major preoccupation or domestic affairs as their central focus. If the office of the president is focused on, foreign affairs then they will invariably rely heavily on their national security advisors. If, the focus is on domestic affairs they will relegate the assistance of

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