Truman and Eisenhower. Two Presidents, two different styles.
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Two Presidents, two different styles
He went to France during World War I as a captain in the Field Artillery. Returning, he married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace, and opened a haberdashery in Kansas City.
He became a Senator in 1934. During World War II he headed the Senate war investigating committee, checking into waste and corruption and saving perhaps as much as 15 billion dollars.
As President, Truman made some of the most crucial decisions in history. Soon after V-E Day, the war against Japan had reached its final stage. An urgent plea to Japan to surrender was rejected. Truman
After consultations with his advisers, ordered atomic bombs dropped on cities devoted to war work. Two were Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japanese surrender quickly followed.Background
The program, Truman wrote, "symbolizes for me my assumption of the office of President in my own right." It became known as the Fair Deal.
This raised the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an hour
Truman was also responsible for the Marshall Plan, the Truman Doctrine, the Berlin Air Lift, NATO and the Korean War in which he maintained a limited war attitude so as not to upset the Chinese or RussiansHis Own Policies
In reality, their accomplishments did not help the everyday American
Truman beat Thomas Dewey 303 to 189
Also, Democrats had regained control of both houses of Congress
Later, Truman was able to pass the “Fair Deal”
This allowed, Social Security increased by over 75% to over 10 million people
Congress passed the National Housing Act of 1949 which provided for the construction of more than 800,000 units of low income housing.The results
He pursued the moderate policies of "Modern Republicanism," pointing out as he left office, "America is today the strongest, most influential, and most productive nation in the world."Dwight Eisenhower
Stationed in Texas as a second lieutenant, he met Mamie Geneva Doud, whom he married in 1916.
In his early Army career, he excelled in staff assignments
After Pearl Harbor, General George C. Marshall called him to Washington for a war plans assignment. He commanded the Allied Forces landing in North Africa in November 1942; on D-Day, 1944, he was Supreme Commander of the troops invading France.Background
Republican emissaries to his headquarters near Paris persuaded him to run for President in 1952.
"I like Ike" was an irresistible slogan; Eisenhower won a sweeping victory.
IKE for President
Ike almost lost the Presidency because of his running mate Richard Nixon
It was thought that he had taken money from California business leaders and kept them to assure a victory.
He gave his famous “Checker’s speech” to clear his nameMore