Peace and Prosperity with Eisenhower

President Dwight David Eisenhower
(October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969)

A famous general during World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower became the 34th president of the United States in 1953. Eisenhower’s two terms in office were a time of peace and prosperity.

With the popular and charismatic general leading the charge, Republicans were poised to retake the White House after 20 years of Democratic control, a time marked by depression and war. Unlike many war heroes who dabbled in politics, Eisenhower’s transition from military to civilian leadership was seamless, and he led the country during a time of relative peace and prosperity.

Dwight David Eisenhower was elected the 34th President of the United States on November 4, 1952. Four years later, he was reelected to a second term by an even wider margin. “Peace and Prosperity” became the watchwords of the Eisenhower years. Ending the war in Korea was only the first of many foreign policy challenges Eisenhower faced throughout his presidency. Other Cold War crises erupted in Lebanon, Suez, Berlin, Hungary, the Taiwan Straits, and Cuba. When confronted with possible US military intervention in Vietnam after the defeat of the French colonials, Eisenhower declined to involve the United States. Throughout his presidency, he worked hard to contain communism and, at the same time, was vigorous in his efforts to forge improved relations with the Soviet Union.

September 11th, 1956, President Eisenhower founded People to People International to promote “international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures. People to People International is dedicated to enhancing cross-cultural communication within each community, and across communities and nations. Tolerance and mutual understanding are central themes. While not a partisan or political institution, PTPI supports the basic values and goals of its founder, President Dwight D. Eisenhower.” The organization is also known for its presentation of the prestigious Eisenhower Medallion. The Eisenhower Medallion is presented to an internationally known individual or organization in recognition of their exceptional contribution to world peace and understanding.

Peace and Prosperity is the leitmotiv of American democracy, of the work of many American Presidents, senators, congressmen, ambassadors and diplomats in a relationship with the democracies of the developing countries. Peace and Prosperity was the motto of all the diplomatic career of Richard Holbrooke, the gold American ambassador who was the initiator for the creation of the international organization Diplomatic Mission Peace and Prosperity. This mission, according the ideas of President Eisenhower and later those of the Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, is working for peace and prosperity in problematic areas such as the region of Balkans, Africa, Asia, etc. Diplomatic Mission Peace and Prosperity, with its work, teaches to the countries in development how to self-govern according to the principles of American democracy, the best governing model in the world.

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Peace Symbols with Dwight D. Eisenhower

Aleksander Zefi