(CNN) - The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission plans to vote on a controversial design for the memorial honoring the 34th U.S. president despite public objections from the Eisenhower family and members of Congress.
Commissioners are expected to vote "yes" or "no" Friday on the latest design revisions by architect Frank Gehry in an effort bring the project to the National Capital Planning Commission, according to an internal e-mail obtained by CNN.
So, Republicans wish to erect a memorial to the last Republican POTUS to balance his budget. Is that it? Don't get me wrong, now. I liked Ike and all that stuff, except for that guy with funny looking haircut who was his VP.
They should have Cheney do the speech at its opening just for the pure irony of it.
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. "
– President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961
Romney and the Republicans have said "Dwight Eisenhower was a failure as President because he didn't have any "business experience , like Romney, which should be required by all Presidents".
Dwight Eisenhower was a Good (not necessarily great) President, but he managed to command the greatest combined military force (US, Britain, Canada, Free France, Free Poland) in one of the most historic invasions ever. Not only that, but the push after the invasion, coupled with the ongoing actions from the southern part or Europe, led to the eventual fall of Nazi Germany and its satellites in Eastern Europe. For that alone he deserves a memorial, but not that gawd-awful oversized modernistic monstrosity that is depicted. Something more in keeping with Ike's subdued personal nature would be more appropriate. Maybe a simple statue of him in a suit (not his uniform) flanked by two plaques. One with his military accomplishments and the other with his Presidential and post-Presidential accomplishments, including his "Military-Industrial Complex" speech. That would be more in keeping with his personality.
"Romney and the Republicans have said "Dwight Eisenhower was a failure as President because he didn't have any "business experience , like Romney, which should be required by all Presidents"."
Not quite. You see, the GOP/Teatrolls view the military industrial complex as a primary and fundamental driver of our economy. Ike, having been a General, therefore had plenty of "business experience" as far as they are concerned.