Opinion: Donald Trump, you are no Dwight David Eisenhower

With the appearance of the highly publicized book by Michael Wolff, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” there’s increased speculation on whether our president is familiar with the issues.

That calls up for me a vivid recollection of another president’s familiarity with the issues.

It was early January of 1954. Dwight Eisenhower had been president almost a year, and his staff was engaged in the traditional creation of messages to the Congress. Those messages represented legislation in a variety of areas of government that the president hoped the Congress would pass.

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Because I was privileged to work in the Eisenhower White House, I attended many of the meetings in which those messages were fashioned. One involved the president’s proposed legislation in the area of agriculture.

I knew nothing about agriculture and had contributed not a comma to that effort, but I had read the message and, with the others, was eager to learn whether the president liked how the staff had presented his ideas.

We knew that he was at work in the White House living quarters, and because the deadline for sending the message was the very next day, we knew that he would join the group in the Cabinet Room that evening. And so we waited.

Shortly after 10 o’clock, I left the Cabinet Room for a few minutes, and when I returned, the president was in the room. He was dressed casually and was sitting comfortably at one end of the long Cabinet table.

“You fellows have done a good job,” he said, and he passed the document down the row of staff members to chief writer Bryce Harlow. Then, with the document no longer in …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Business

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