Synopsis by Brooke Hodess
Originally aired on the "Presidents" series on PBS' American Experience, the story of Dwight D. Eisenhower covers his days from childhood to his WWII heroics, his marriage to Mamie Doud, the rumored affair with military driver Kay Summersby, and details his tenure as America's 34th president. Ike, as he was affectionately nicknamed, became a Five Star General in the second World War, commanding the invasion of Normandy, and, in the Battle of the Bulge, defeated Germany's last offensive. During his presidency, the Korean War ended, the Interstate Highway System was laid out, and America's nuclear arsenal expanded. Despite efforts to contain Communism, Eisenhower was no sympathizer of zealots and worked behind the scenes to undermine Joseph McCarthy. Eisenhower's early legacy as the "do-nothing" president has deteriorated since he left office in 1960, and, as seen here, his actions as a skillful politician have been brought to light.
President, politician, General, military, world-war