We were spoiled in San Diego. If we wanted to spend time just hanging out at interesting places, the choices were pretty much unlimited — Balboa Park, the beach, another beach, Coronado beach, Mt Woodson — you name it. The options in Junction City, Kansas, aren’t quite as abundant, but there is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home just down the road a fur piece.
This morning, Karen and I drove about 20 miles west to Abiline, Kansas to visit the museum. It was pretty nice, and it was very interesting. As everyone probably knows, Eisenhower (or just Ike as most people around here call him, sort of how you’d refer to a favorite uncle you knew as a child) was a very, very accomplished man. I’ve always been fascinated by the potential of people to accomplish great things, and Eisenhower was certainly among those remarkable individuals.
The very short list of Eisenhower’s accomplishments include West Point graduate, Commander of the Combined Forces in Europe during WWII (obviously I skipped over a few things), President of Columbia University, NATO Commander, and President of the United States for two terms. Not a bad list to include on one’s resume.
While touring the library and museum, I kept thinking about how civil discourse for those who served the public in the 1950’s generally differed so greatly from what we observe today — Sen. Joseph McCarthy notwithstanding. Eisenhower served as a Republican, but he was respected by everyone. As president, he and America collaboratively accomplished an impressive number of initiatives. Just a few of those initiatives include: