History UsefulNotes / DwightDEisenhower

23rd Sep '17 12:27:23 PM nombretomado
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* In ''AWorldOfLaughterAWorldOfTears'', Ike suffers a heart attack before the election and the Republicans scramble for another high-profile candidate to draft, eventually settling on Creator/WaltDisney. This does not end well.

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* In ''AWorldOfLaughterAWorldOfTears'', ''Literature/AWorldOfLaughterAWorldOfTears'', Ike suffers a heart attack before the election and the Republicans scramble for another high-profile candidate to draft, eventually settling on Creator/WaltDisney. This does not end well.
17th Sep '17 11:19:24 AM nombretomado
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On the foreign policy front, Eisenhower’s “New Look” policy supported the containment and, eventually, the “rolling back” of communism throughout the world. To do this, he used a method of PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower, massively increasing the number of nuclear weapons owned by the United States. Eisenhower didn’t seem to ever want to use these weapons, though; he repeatedly turned down any attempt by his advisors to use them against RedChina or other communist nations, and originated America's "No First Strike" policy which mandated that America's strategic nuclear arsenal could only be used in retaliation for the Soviets or Chinese using theirs first. Note that this never applied to ''tactical'' warheads deployed on an active battlefield, only strategic weapons targeted at population centers. Some historians have theorized that Ike actually built so many nukes in order to ''prevent'' World War III by the concept of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutually_assured_destruction mutually-assured destruction]] - if both sides had enough nuclear power to pretty much destroy all human life on Earth, they would do everything in their power to not go to war and, eventually, the UsefulNotes/ColdWar would end. If this is true, history has proven that he was right. Additionally, he openly promoted the use of atomic and nuclear power for peaceful purposes, such as energy, rather than the creation of weapons. However, Ike wasn't opposed to using ''conventional'' weapons for the same purpose. His administration established and operated under the "domino theory", which stated that if one country falls to communism, its neighbors would eventually fall too if significant anti-communist support was not given. One of the unfortunate effects of this was the escalation of American involvement in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar[[note]]American involvement in Vietnam began in 1942, when the OSS began supporting Ho Chi Minh's Viet Minh guerillas against the Japanese and Vichy collaborators in French Indochina. Things turned sour in 1946, when [[UngratefulBastard Ho]] officially cast his lot with the communists (though he hadn't done a great job of hiding his red leanings when he was [[EnemyMine asking for American guns and ammo]] to fight the Japanese), which prompted Truman to support the French reasserting their control in Southeast Asia (many historians think the whole thing could have been resolved without violence had General LeClerc not [[DroppedABridgeOnHim died in a sudden and suspicious car accident in Paris]] the day before he was supposed to fly to Hanoi). The general consensus today is that the US had no dog in this fight, but the proverbial die was cast. The OSS and its successor, the CIA, became increasingly more active in Indochina/Vietnam throughout the 40s and 50s. Eisenhower was just the first to officially deploy troops as "advisers." [[/note]] during his time in office, though he only sent a few hundred troops there and the next few administrations were the ones to expand it.

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On the foreign policy front, Eisenhower’s “New Look” policy supported the containment and, eventually, the “rolling back” of communism throughout the world. To do this, he used a method of PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower, UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower, massively increasing the number of nuclear weapons owned by the United States. Eisenhower didn’t seem to ever want to use these weapons, though; he repeatedly turned down any attempt by his advisors to use them against RedChina or other communist nations, and originated America's "No First Strike" policy which mandated that America's strategic nuclear arsenal could only be used in retaliation for the Soviets or Chinese using theirs first. Note that this never applied to ''tactical'' warheads deployed on an active battlefield, only strategic weapons targeted at population centers. Some historians have theorized that Ike actually built so many nukes in order to ''prevent'' World War III by the concept of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutually_assured_destruction mutually-assured destruction]] - if both sides had enough nuclear power to pretty much destroy all human life on Earth, they would do everything in their power to not go to war and, eventually, the UsefulNotes/ColdWar would end. If this is true, history has proven that he was right. Additionally, he openly promoted the use of atomic and nuclear power for peaceful purposes, such as energy, rather than the creation of weapons. However, Ike wasn't opposed to using ''conventional'' weapons for the same purpose. His administration established and operated under the "domino theory", which stated that if one country falls to communism, its neighbors would eventually fall too if significant anti-communist support was not given. One of the unfortunate effects of this was the escalation of American involvement in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar[[note]]American involvement in Vietnam began in 1942, when the OSS began supporting Ho Chi Minh's Viet Minh guerillas against the Japanese and Vichy collaborators in French Indochina. Things turned sour in 1946, when [[UngratefulBastard Ho]] officially cast his lot with the communists (though he hadn't done a great job of hiding his red leanings when he was [[EnemyMine asking for American guns and ammo]] to fight the Japanese), which prompted Truman to support the French reasserting their control in Southeast Asia (many historians think the whole thing could have been resolved without violence had General LeClerc not [[DroppedABridgeOnHim died in a sudden and suspicious car accident in Paris]] the day before he was supposed to fly to Hanoi). The general consensus today is that the US had no dog in this fight, but the proverbial die was cast. The OSS and its successor, the CIA, became increasingly more active in Indochina/Vietnam throughout the 40s and 50s. Eisenhower was just the first to officially deploy troops as "advisers." [[/note]] during his time in office, though he only sent a few hundred troops there and the next few administrations were the ones to expand it.
4th Sep '17 4:38:12 PM TotemicHero
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Ike died in 1969. He was seen for a while as a "do-nothing" who was more interested in golfing than the presidency[[note]]the White House putting green was installed to let him practice close to the office[[/note]], but he is today recognized for ending the Korean War while preventing others, overseeing a time of economic prosperity, creating lasting and highly influential government agencies, and slowly starting government support of the Civil Rights Movement. On a less political note, he was known also for having a very warm, kind, and gentle sense of humour. At his 77th birthday party, he quipped, "Well I've heard the expression, 'Who wants to live a hundred years?' I can tell 'em for '''sure''' there's ''one'' man, that's a man who's ninety-nine." Historians now usually place him in the top 10. He has an aircraft carrier named after him, and his place of meditation at his grave in Kansas is really cool. He donated his farm in Gettysburg to the National Park Service before he died. Currently, plans are underway for building the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C..

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Ike died in 1969. He was seen for a while as a "do-nothing" who was more interested in golfing than the presidency[[note]]the White House putting green was installed to let him practice close to the office[[/note]], but he is today recognized for ending the Korean War while preventing others, overseeing a time of economic prosperity, creating lasting and highly influential government agencies, and slowly starting government support of the Civil Rights Movement. On a less political note, he was known also for having a very warm, kind, and gentle sense of humour. At his 77th birthday party, he quipped, "Well I've heard the expression, 'Who wants to live a hundred years?' I can tell 'em for '''sure''' there's ''one'' man, that's a man who's ninety-nine." Historians now usually place him in the top 10. He has an aircraft carrier named after him, and his place of meditation at his grave in Kansas is really cool. He donated his farm in Gettysburg to the National Park Service before he died. Currently, plans are underway for building The efforts to plan and build the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C..C. have been in DevelopmentHell since 1999.
20th Aug '17 6:27:37 PM bombadil211
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Eisenhower was made the Governor of the American Zone in Germany, where he helped bring in food and medicine for the German citizens. He served as Chief of Staff for President Harry S Truman and, later, as the first supreme commander of NATO during the beginning years of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. He was courted by both major parties in 1948, but declined to run. He was "drafted" by Republicans in 1952 and won the general election in a ten-point victory and Electoral College landslide. It was the first time a Republican nominee won since UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover in 1928.[[note]]In fact, the main reason why he finally decided to run for president as a Republican was because he felt that the country needed a change in leadership after 20 years of the Democrats winning the White House.[[/note]] Additionally, he won reelection in 1956 by an even larger margin. His campaign slogan was "I Like Ike", which was meant to be worn on buttons and bumper stickers to show support. The unpopular and sour-faced UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, then a commie-fighting Senator from California, was his running mate; Ike tried to make Nixon a Cabinet member during his second term, but Tricky Dicky insisted on staying on as the VP. Eisenhower was also president of [[UsefulNotes/IvyLeague Columbia University]] from 1948 to 1953, which gave him administrative experience for his years as the nation's president.[[note]]Ike joked that Columbia really meant to ask for his brother Milton, an accomplished academic who was President of Johns Hopkins University, but sent the letter to him by mistake and were too embarrassed to correct themselves[[/note]]

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Eisenhower was made the Governor of the American Zone in Germany, where he helped bring in food and medicine for the German citizens. He served as Chief of Staff for President Harry S Truman and, later, as the first supreme commander of NATO during the beginning years of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. He was courted by both major parties in 1948, but declined to run. He was "drafted" by Republicans in 1952 and won the general election in a ten-point victory and Electoral College landslide. It was the first time a Republican nominee won since UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover in 1928.[[note]]In fact, the main reason why he finally decided to run for president as a Republican was because he felt that the country needed a change in leadership after 20 years of the Democrats winning the White House.[[/note]] Additionally, he won reelection in 1956 by an even larger margin. His campaign slogan was "I Like Ike", which was meant to be worn on buttons and bumper stickers to show support. The unpopular and sour-faced UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, then a commie-fighting Senator from California, was his running mate; Ike tried to make Nixon a Cabinet member during his second term, but Tricky Dicky insisted on staying on as the VP. Eisenhower was also president of [[UsefulNotes/IvyLeague Columbia University]] from 1948 to 1953, which gave him administrative experience for his years as the nation's president.[[note]]Ike joked that Columbia really meant to ask for his brother Milton, an accomplished academic who was President of Johns Hopkins University, but sent the letter to him by mistake and were too embarrassed to correct themselves[[/note]]
themselves. He is also responsible for Columbia's well-regarded pavement layout, which came about because groundskeeping staff kept on complaining that students were walking on the grass to get to and from class and Eisenhower suggested that they note where the grass was worn down the most and pave over those sections.[[/note]]



Ike died in 1969. He was seen for a while as a "do-nothing" who was more interested in golfing than the presidency, but he is today recognized for ending the Korean War while preventing others, overseeing a time of economic prosperity, creating lasting and highly influential government agencies, and slowly starting government support of the Civil Rights Movement. On a less political note, he was known also for having a very warm, kind, and gentle sense of humour. At his 77th birthday party, he quipped, "Well I've heard the expression, 'Who wants to live a hundred years?' I can tell 'em for '''sure''' there's ''one'' man, that's a man who's ninety-nine." Historians now usually place him in the top 10. He has an aircraft carrier named after him, and his place of meditation at his grave in Kansas is really cool. He donated his farm in Gettysburg to the National Park Service before he died. Currently, plans are underway for building the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C..

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Ike died in 1969. He was seen for a while as a "do-nothing" who was more interested in golfing than the presidency, presidency[[note]]the White House putting green was installed to let him practice close to the office[[/note]], but he is today recognized for ending the Korean War while preventing others, overseeing a time of economic prosperity, creating lasting and highly influential government agencies, and slowly starting government support of the Civil Rights Movement. On a less political note, he was known also for having a very warm, kind, and gentle sense of humour. At his 77th birthday party, he quipped, "Well I've heard the expression, 'Who wants to live a hundred years?' I can tell 'em for '''sure''' there's ''one'' man, that's a man who's ninety-nine." Historians now usually place him in the top 10. He has an aircraft carrier named after him, and his place of meditation at his grave in Kansas is really cool. He donated his farm in Gettysburg to the National Park Service before he died. Currently, plans are underway for building the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C..
25th Jun '17 10:57:52 PM AlternativeCola
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* Creator/JohnSlattery plays him in ''Film/{{Churchill}}''.
16th Jun '17 9:01:35 PM JohnnyNevada
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* In a flashback in the 1980s ''New Adventures of Superboy'' comic, ComicBook/{{Superboy}} mentions having met President Eisenhower after his superhero debut (DC's [[ComicBookTime floating timeline]] for Earth-1 had moved Superboy's debut up to the very late 50s by this point). In an interview with the Boy of Steel, then-reporter Perry White brings up a question about Superboy's citizenship. Superboy responds: "President Eisenhower assured me I had nothing to worry about when I confided in him! After all, where could I be deported, since Krypton no longer exists?" The story later has Superboy given an honorary American citizenship by the President and Congress.
27th May '17 9:48:35 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* He briefly appears at the start of the 1985 sci-fi comedy ''Film/MyScienceProject''.

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* He briefly appears at the start of the 1985 sci-fi comedy ''Film/MyScienceProject''.''Film/MyScienceProject'', telling the army to "get rid of" the alien craft they've found. (Meaning destroy it to prevent panic.)
9th May '17 7:40:35 PM Sylderon
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Eisenhower was made the Governor of the American Zone in Germany, where he helped bring in food and medicine for the German citizens. He served as Chief of Staff for President Harry S Truman and, later, as the first supreme commander of NATO during the beginning years of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. He was courted by both major parties in 1948, but declined to run. He was "drafted" by Republicans in 1952 and won the general election in a ten-point victory and Electoral College landslide. It was the first time a Republican nominee won since UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover in 1928.[[note]]In fact, the main reason why he finally decided to run for president as a Republican was because he felt that the country needed a change in leadership after 20 years of the Democrats winning the White House.[[/note]] Additionally, he won reelection in 1956 by an even larger margin. His campaign slogan was "I Like Ike", which was meant to be worn on buttons and bumper stickers to show support. The unpopular and sour-faced UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, then a commie-fighting Senator from California, was his running mate; Ike tried to make Nixon a Cabinet member during his second term, but Tricky Dicky insisted on staying on as the VP. Eisenhower was also president of [[UsefulNotes/IvyLeague Columbia University]] from 1948 to 1953, which gave him administrative experience for his years as the nation's president.

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Eisenhower was made the Governor of the American Zone in Germany, where he helped bring in food and medicine for the German citizens. He served as Chief of Staff for President Harry S Truman and, later, as the first supreme commander of NATO during the beginning years of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. He was courted by both major parties in 1948, but declined to run. He was "drafted" by Republicans in 1952 and won the general election in a ten-point victory and Electoral College landslide. It was the first time a Republican nominee won since UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover in 1928.[[note]]In fact, the main reason why he finally decided to run for president as a Republican was because he felt that the country needed a change in leadership after 20 years of the Democrats winning the White House.[[/note]] Additionally, he won reelection in 1956 by an even larger margin. His campaign slogan was "I Like Ike", which was meant to be worn on buttons and bumper stickers to show support. The unpopular and sour-faced UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, then a commie-fighting Senator from California, was his running mate; Ike tried to make Nixon a Cabinet member during his second term, but Tricky Dicky insisted on staying on as the VP. Eisenhower was also president of [[UsefulNotes/IvyLeague Columbia University]] from 1948 to 1953, which gave him administrative experience for his years as the nation's president.
president.[[note]]Ike joked that Columbia really meant to ask for his brother Milton, an accomplished academic who was President of Johns Hopkins University, but sent the letter to him by mistake and were too embarrassed to correct themselves[[/note]]
16th Apr '17 1:11:32 PM nombretomado
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Relations with the Soviet Union proved to be very testy during his eight years. During his first year in office, UsefulNotes/JosefStalin died. Eisenhower met with Soviet premiere Nikita Khrushchev a few times with the hopes of slowly ending the Cold War, but these conferences only produced a few results. The USSR's brutal crushing of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 was one of the tenser moments of the Cold War, but Eisenhower kept his head and refused to risk causing a nuclear war. Following Nixon’s visit to the Soviet Union and Khrushchev’s visit to America, the chance for peace started to look better. However, on the eve of another summit in Paris, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over USSR territory. Eisenhower begrudgingly admitted to an outraged Khrushchev that he ordered this flight as well as others, embarrassing the American government. Khrushchev left the summit in protest, Eisenhower had to cancel his planned trip to the USSR, and relations between the two countries returned to their previous state. Speaking of the Cold War, TheSpaceRace started when the Soviet Union launched the first man-made satellite into space in 1957. He responded by creating both UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} to lead the American space program and DARPA to expand scientific knowledge and technological progress. The Nuclear Navy also got its start during the 1950's - under the leadership of Hyman G. Rickover, it had a record of zero reactor accidents which continues to this day.

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Relations with the Soviet Union proved to be very testy during his eight years. During his first year in office, UsefulNotes/JosefStalin died. Eisenhower met with Soviet premiere Nikita Khrushchev a few times with the hopes of slowly ending the Cold War, but these conferences only produced a few results. The USSR's brutal crushing of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 was one of the tenser moments of the Cold War, but Eisenhower kept his head and refused to risk causing a nuclear war. Following Nixon’s visit to the Soviet Union and Khrushchev’s visit to America, the chance for peace started to look better. However, on the eve of another summit in Paris, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over USSR territory. Eisenhower begrudgingly admitted to an outraged Khrushchev that he ordered this flight as well as others, embarrassing the American government. Khrushchev left the summit in protest, Eisenhower had to cancel his planned trip to the USSR, and relations between the two countries returned to their previous state. Speaking of the Cold War, TheSpaceRace UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace started when the Soviet Union launched the first man-made satellite into space in 1957. He responded by creating both UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} to lead the American space program and DARPA to expand scientific knowledge and technological progress. The Nuclear Navy also got its start during the 1950's - under the leadership of Hyman G. Rickover, it had a record of zero reactor accidents which continues to this day.
10th Apr '17 8:45:37 AM Taskmaster123
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Efforts were underway to award him the Medal Of Honor after the war, due to his extraordinary leadership. He personally stopped this, as he believed the Medal of Honor should only be awarded for bravery in combat. There ''was'' precedent for awarding it for other reasons, as Lindbergh had been awarded it for his solo flight across the Atlantic. Not that Eisenhower attempted to avoid combat and his underlings often had to scramble to prevent him from going too close to the front. In addition, both Churchill and Roosevelt were very aware of how crucial his leadership was and made it clear to his staff and the other Allied generals that he simply could not be placed in a position where there was a possibility he might be killed or captured.
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