Ike was president when I was born, serving in that office from 1953 to 1961.
One of the more famous speeches by any president is Ike's farewell speech in 1961, when he warned:
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial 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.
Some trivial bits of information...
- He was the only bald president in the 20th century.
- He supposedly smoked four packs of cigarettes a day before quitting under doctors' orders.