Eisenhower's Farewell Speech Summary

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Dwight David Eisenhower was one of the greatest icons our country has ever known. Coupled with his military career, his presidency and life were nothing short of impressive. It is a common belief that just because he had a decorated military career it did not necessarily mean that he was suited for the presidency. Eisenhower was an intelligent, courageous man with many upstanding qualities. His ability to command in the military offered an easy transition into practically any leadership role he could acquire. Eisenhower was a beloved man and military commander and easily gained the loyalty of his men with his attitude and distinctive smile. His quirks were part of what made him great, an example being that he built a nuclear bunker underneath his…show more content…
In this speech he warned the nation of the Cold War’s military industrial complex. This statement helps put how strongly he felt on the subject, “We should take nothing for granted only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so the security and liberty may prosper together.” (Boezi 2006). Eisenhower was very concerned about the direction the U.S. was heading in regards to national defense and security, he made it very clear that citizens needed to be sure that their best interests and livelihood were still intact. The more and more information that becomes available about his life and presidency, the more popular he becomes. Eisenhower achieved great successes, but also came up short on his greater objectives. It can be argued that Eisenhower did fail in certain areas, but the fact of the matter is that his triumphs greatly outweigh the downfalls. From the day he joined the military to the day he left the presidency, he worked to make America a better place. He was a great man and an immaculate president and we should remember him as

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