When Eisenhower Cried

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So many people wanted World War II hero General Dwight D. Eisenhower to run for president in 1948 that leaders in both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party tried to talk him into it. President Harry Truman wanted him to run so much that he told Eisenhower that if Ike would run for president, he (Truman) would run as his vice presidential running mate.

As Democrats and Republicans prepared for the 1952 election, they tried again. By that time, Eisenhower was in Europe serving as the commander of NATO. On February 8, 1952, Ike supporters held an “Eisenhower for President” rally at Madison Square Garden in New York City. A crowd of 40,000 showed up and showed wild enthusiasm for the General. Republicans filmed the rally and took the film to Eisenhower at his home near Paris.

Eisenhower, his wife Mamie, and friends watched the film together. Eisenhower began to cry and cry, overwhelmed by the sight of all of this support from Americans. Then he started talking about his dad and mom, but mostly his mom.

Eisenhower and his mama, Ida

You are powerfully important to your children and they are blessed to have you.

Her children rise up and bless her . . .
Proverbs 31:28



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