The Effectiveness of Eisenhower's First Term: 1953-1956 Essay

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The Effectiveness of Eisenhower's First Term: 1953-1956

Matthew Breitenstine Political Science 3322 Professor Dennis Simon 12/3/96

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Presidents are judged by a number of factors for their overall effectiveness. In 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower took public office for the first time. During his first term as President he was confronted with many different situations that taxed his leadership abilities. During the nineteen fifties, America was in a period of enormous change.
The United States had just ended World War II, and the conflict in Korea had reached a stalemate. With the splitting of the atom came the Atomic Age, a new
era
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He also told about how his wife Pat didn't own a mink coat but owned "a respectable Republican cloth coat."2 Nixon even went so far as to tell the American public about his daughters' little dog Checkers that they had received from a supporter. "And you know the kids, like all kids, love the dog, and I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we're going to keep it."3 The result of this performance not only kept Nixon on the "Ike" ticket but it also gave a huge lift to the nation's approval of Nixon.
When Nixon and Eisenhower met in "Wheeling, West Virginia, Eisenhower, with tears in his eyes, extended his hand and said: 'Dick, you're my boy.'"4 In January of 1952, Dwight Eisenhower, an Army general was serving as
Supreme Commander of NATO forces in Europe. A bid for the Republican presidential nomination came from Senator Taft and his platform of the Korean
War being an "unnecessary war" or a "Truman war" but few thought that he could win the presidency. Even though Taft was supported by the majority of the G.O.P. delegation in Congress, he was hindered in his campaign by his record of isolationism. In the past both political parties had actively sought Eisenhower to run in the previous Presidential elections with little success. Seeking a potential candidate Republican party members asked Eisenhower again to join
their

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