Wednesday, October 14, 2015
October 14: Happy Birthday, Dwight D. Eisenhower
During Ike Eisenhower's presidency, the economy boomed, cars rolled out of Detroit at an unstoppable pace, rock and roll captivated teen audiences, conflict raged in Korea, trouble began in Vietnam, and legions who'd become rebellious hippies toddled around their living rooms in modern comfort.
Eisenhower's Great Society played itself out on the radio in the form of his frequent addresses. He discussed his relationship with communist-hunter Senator Joseph McCarthy, the Geneva Conference of 1955, and the landing of marines in Beirut.
Today, his addresses serve as great primary texts chronicling both the Great Society and the Cold War.