Friday, December 04, 2009

Obama Channels His Inner Eisenhower

Conspicuous in their absence from Barack Obama's speech on Afghanistan this week was any direct mention of Democratic presidential lions like Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S Truman and John F. Kennedy.

But Obama did reference a Republican presidential stalwart, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and therein lies a beautifully told tale by my friend Robert Stein about one of the toughest decisions that Ike ever had to make not in war or the Oval Office, but in retirement.

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