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tv   Reel America Mister American Dwight D. Eisenhower 1952  CSPAN  June 28, 2022 11:00am-11:18am EDT

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through 20 years of wavering and wandering, through hot and cold wars, through corruption and cynicism, the american people have hunkered for leadership fended on integrity and wisdom and courage. >> we need a leader who is of the people. >> a man raised to leadership by the people. >> a leader who is whole life has been spent for the people. >> a sturdy, humble air to the respect and the affection all people felt for lincoln. such a man's general ike, dwight d. eisenhower, the man from abilene. never in history have so many americans known so much about the very essence of one man.
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>> 100 million americans know eisenhower the way you know a neighbor. we know him by heart. >> why do we care for him? not because he is a general but because, instinctively, we believe in him. we hail him as the hometown boy who is all the best about america. he grew up in the heartland, main street, usa. >> i come here first to thank you, to say a proudest thing i can claim is that i am from abilene. [applause] i want to speak first of the dreams of -- . frequently, they are to be a streetcar conductor, where he sees himself as the town policeman. above all, he may reach the position of locomotive engineer. but always in his dreams is that day when finally he comes
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home. comes home to a welcome from his own hometown. >> the fields of kansas claim ike as a native son. >> but the cattle state of kansas, hard to the railroad tracks of deafness in, texas, that's where he was born. on the red river way texas shake hands with oklahoma. >> dwight david eisenhower was one of seven sons of deeply religious parents. the duchess, is to move twice and bought the bible with them. no matter where judy take him, he'd always like to get back to home cooking. even in paris, his kitchen was kansas. >> his hobbies keep him close to the earth and to freshwater. fishing with his farmer boy's first, love golf is i do love. only with fisher stories does ike exercise a fisherman's
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right to stretch the truth a little. golly, you should've seen the one that got away, three feet long. >> if you ask eisenhower why he has dedicated the rest of his life to the service of america instead of retiring, to take it easy on his little farm in ginsburg, he'll point to a picture of this baby. a chip off the old block. he tell you -- >> i want my grandson and yours to grow up in a free america. >> he's proud of his grandchildren, there are three of them now. you can tell that eisenhower believes that are real, first line of defense is the family. and an old-fashioned, well understood american idea. admired in the rest of the world, especially in france. >> france was the first nation to hale eisenhower for his crusade in europe. the french love of liberty. under hitler, they tasted slavery. the frenchman, eisenhower liberated. this ally might say to.
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across the english channel, which hitler could not cross, the people of battered london who never would yield to the blades surrendered with a chair to ike. >> to every london or that has ever taken one of my soldiers into his home, i say you will always have my profound gratitude. to everyone who has miley lee directed one of my man to the albert hall or the arch, i yield my thanks also. >> churchill spoke for all history to remember. >> ladies and gentlemen, you have just seen and listened to the words very great commander. [applause] a man who has proven not only his capacity to organize and regulate the movements of armies, but to
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stir men's hearts. and who has shown a capacity for making great nations march together. more truly united than they ever have been before. >> also, by sincerity and simplicity a cans in concord britain. >> back home in america, the wife all the world calls me was the first to say i like ike. >> then the rest of them shouted at two. not hail the conquering hero but a bursting cry, a great friend, a great guy. one that stands and washington blogs not to a president but to the people. >> i stand before the elected federal lawmakers of our great republic. the very core of our political life in the symbol of those things we call the american heritage. >> now, watch would a country
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boy can do to the biggest city in the world, new york. [applause] >> watch the women, watch the young people. >> watch all the people who make up the surging independent votes, who will run to the polls on november. watch them flock and cheer for mr. america. >> new york simply can't do this to a kansas farmer boy. and keep its reputation for sophistication. there is another thing, mister mayor, that impressed me very much. as you and i go down through the cheering songs this morning.
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first, the reason for the chairing. it was not because one individual, one american came back for more. it is rejoicing that are nasty job is done. one nasty job is finished. >> that nasty job was saving europe, it will be remembered by 3 million americans who fought there to keep the war from coming here. these americans will never forget that, as allied leader, eisenhower was a five star gi, a soldier with his men as well as a statesman who was a match, even for kirk churchill. >> a commander who suffer the sharp reach of casualty, a citizen soldier who knows the brutality of war. a man who hates war. >> from another general, mcarthur, eisenhower learned about asia.
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when mcarthur sought him to go to the philippines in 1930, for the man we got a picture that has jobs eisenhower. for his achievements, not political promises, americans know the essence of eisenhower. the statement, the executive, the man. >> the american system rests upon the rights and dignity of the individual. the success of that system depends upon the assumption by each of personal, individual responsibility for those safety and welfare of the whole. no government official, no soldier, p fc, no other president can assume irresponsibility's. else democracy will cease to exist. a united and determined american citizenry's, under god, the mightiest forest the earth has ever seen. it can protect itself and lead the world to respect for wright and justice and peace.
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goodbye man, good luck. >> out of uniform, as president of columbia, eisenhower warned that communism must be fought on every front. >> in today's struggle, no free man, no free institution can be neutral. all must be joined in a common profession, that of democratic citizenship. there will be no administrative suppression or distortion of any subject that merits a place in the universe, in this university's curriculum. the facts of communism, for example, shall be taught here. it's ideological development, it's political message, it's economic affects, it's probable course in the future. the truth about communism is, today, an indispensable requirement. if the true values of our democratic system are to be
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properly assessed. [applause] >> for young americans, a stirring -- with a smile. >> just as i have a student with you, so are you a soldier with me. because you are here, fundamentally, to prepare yourselves to make this country a greater and better place for yourselves, your children and all who may come after you. if we are going to have better homes, better working conditions, better of everything for the hundred and 40 million people that make up america, then each of us has a responsibility to defend, with his life, the liberties, the
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right, that has brought all the things about and that have allowed this to enjoy them. >> by contrast, communism in flames, german youth see the threat to the new free world. eisenhower's lead another crusade in europe, this time to wage peace and to prevent a war. to keep stalin from daring to start another war. there's no force for freedom is nato, 14 nations strong. stretching from norway to greece and turkey. >> we hear, representatives of many nations, rick day-by-day, constantly, with these intricate a difficult problems. we have absolute faith that you can do the job.
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of course you can do the job. all that is necessary is that each country remember that it's only enlightened self interest is served best buy developing the common securities are necessary to absolve. the task incident to it requires first priority. we require faith, self confidence, devotion, tenacity, always tenacity. >> in this atomic age, in times far more explosive than any other day. the world is divided once more have slave have free, or now only a leader can sustain and inspire americans already under arms and korea. a leader who can and that war was victory and prevented spread into a bigger war. where is a leader in america who can sustain and inspire our allies, already fighting the
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common enemy on the asian jungle front. in this age of hate and violence, communists, hysteric writes that ripped through historic cities and europe. this, one in italy. in the middle east, the reds riled of people to. where is their leader who is a statement with skill and tenacity enough to teach enemies to call each other neighbor again? who can end the violence abroad and here at home too. who can unite instead of divide, in a time when 80% of every american budget dollar goes for defense of our freedom. where is the man with wisdom and experience, who can get the most security for every military dollar? >> and light in the taxes. taxes which we've bankrupt america, and save stolen from starting a war. who is the one manned, who found most respect, and feared as leader of the united
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energies of this free nation? i think the people of america know the answer, and a bewildered and divide people sought linking one century ago, we now seek eisenhower. from every heart and horizon, from women and youth from farms and factories, even from democrats, who placed the principle of our authority to all of the people of america, it's under grows a century that is part of the new threat of slavery. that's a challenge for statesman, soldiers, mr. america, [inaudible]
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