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Ike’s Progeny – A Disappointment

Liberals can’t stand a challenge.  When confronted with unpleasant truths, they either run away or place their hands over their ears and blather – “la la la la la … I can’t hear you.”

I got a note today in my email from Nicholas Dungan, author of a decent biography of Gallatin – reviewed here some time ago.  At one point I was going to do an interview, I never got around to the interview but in the process of corresponding with him, I ended up on his PR mailing list.  Anyway, in this email, he sent me a link to Susan Eisenhower’s latest blog post, in which she endorses Barak Obama.

The piece itself is typical liberal effete.  There were numerous fawning responses from the liberal echo chamber, extolling how brilliant and well-thought out her position was.


I decided to leave a comment in answer to one of these sycophantic responses in which the commenter actually extolls Mr. Obama’s character – comparing him to Ike:

As usual you are spot on. IKE would be proud of you. What the Gov. lacks and what 
IKE and the Prez. have is CHARACTER. Justice Stewart defined pornography as “you know it when you see it”. Certainly do not see it with the Gov. You must listen to the IKE- JFK tapes re: the Cuban Missile Crisis —— so amusing and so endearing. Shall relay your 
message to many friends.
Carter Cunningham

After throwing up a little bit, I said:

How disappointing – I still Like Ike.

For Mr. Cunningham to suggest that President Obama has character is simply astounding. His actions over the course of the previous 4 years make it abundantly clear the charter member of the “choom” gang is bereft of character.

  • Can you imagine Ike bowing to a Saudi prince and apologizing for America?
Can you imagine Ike commenting about police matters in other states?
– Cambridge (Gates)
– Florida (Zimmerman)

  • Can you imagine Ike attacking the press? (remember the flack he got about cutting our defenses when he knew, thanks to U2 flights, that the US was secure? He didn’t respond. He was presidential.)

  • Can you imagine Ike making an enemies list of his opponents’ contributors?

  • Can you imagine Ike hitting the talk show circuit, partying with pop stars in the wake of an American ambassador being killed?

While the press is doing their level best to provide cover for Mr. Obama and his administration’s inexcusable behavior during the Benghazi consulate attack – read the timelines – the news is slowly getting out.

Ike would be appalled. For that reason alone, I am dumbfounded as to how any relation of Ike’s would support Obama. Can you seriously imagine Ike ignoring the pleas for help of Americans under siege? Obama has continually demonstrated his disdain for America’s military, and its power.

To which I received the following erudite responses from other commenters:
kaya said:


Now, name five things President Obama did to help our country.

While veryslowwriter had this to say:

Dear Martin,
None of what you say is true. Please investigate some news sources other than Fox News and its acolytes.

Stupid me, I took the time to compose a reasoned response to each, enumerating a long list of facts, detailing Quantitative Easing, the chronic unemployment which has been exacerbated by the Obama administration, and the excesses of the DOJ.  I also gave concrete facts pertaining to Benghazi.

Ms. Eisenhower didn’t bother to approve either of these two responses.  It isn’t that she isn’t watching, numerous other comments have shown up since my responses.  Now, I don’t care if she doesn’t want to post my comments, but it is a typical example of liberal open-mindedness.  I won’t waste any more time there.  I will let them enjoy their echo-chamber in peace.


Two days later my responses showed up.  We will give Ms. Eisenhower the benefit of the doubt.  However, I find it interesting that they did not show up until much later, and there were many, many more comments.


1 Erich Sielaff { 10.31.12 at 8:43 am }

I am always fascinated at the stupidity in the liberal mind inherent in their reflexive “slander the messenger” response. If someone scrawled the truth on the sidewalk in pink chalk, is it any less truth because it was written on concrete? Why do they continually posit that as a reasoned critique? The response you got was essentially: “I am covering my ears, and you should go with the flow” Identical. And stupid. I am no longer interested in giving idiots the benefit of a doubt. And as far as echo chambers go, I have no expectations that they will open their ears or their minds. But I will enjoy causing dissonance for them. Like the loudspeakers pointed at Noriega in Panama… least we can enjoy watching them become unhinged. If we don’t push back, they get comfortable. I want to deny them their self-comfort and interrupt their mental masturbation at every opportunity.


2 James D. Best { 10.31.12 at 4:14 pm }

Weird. If a progressive accusing you of getting facts from FNN, no further argument is required. At first it surprised me that the person who responded knew the word acolytes. Then I realize they probably picked blogging point #8 from a list.


3 Erich Sielaff { 10.31.12 at 5:00 pm }

“Sadly, you have besmirched your grandfather’s name. The fantasies you cite in your endorsement are no more fact-based coming from you, than from the partisans who masquerade as mainstream journalists. Whatever your motivations, you have an obligation to your legacy to at least feign objectivity. At least give context to your statements. Looking at international affairs alone, Obama has presided over one foreign policy misstep after another. By pulling all troops out of Iraq before the country was stabilized, he assured chaos instead of peace in the region. Your grandfather knew better and his subordinate, George Marshall stablized Europe and Asia after WW2 by leaving an American presence there for decades. (As we did after Korea) You call Obama “unflappable”? Based on what, his failure to lead? He ignored the Iranian revolution in 2009. He has been impotent dealing with the Russians. His asides to Medvedev and his disparagement of Netanyahu when he thought no one was listening are things Ike would not have done in a thousand years. He had character and understood the both the limits and the responsibilities of American power. The sanctions you attribute to Obama, were the result of the pressure and leadership from the House of Representatives, not the President. You should at least take the time to get your facts straight. It took Obama 5 months to make a decision regarding the surge in Afghanistan. Your grandfather possessed leadership skills and character, and I cannot see Ike flying off to Las Vegas for a fundraiser and abandoning our men in Benghazi. I cannot see him presiding over a Justice Department rife with partisan corruption. I could go chapter and verse and time permitting I would. The salient fact is that your proud name requires more of you than to be swallowed up in the temptation to be admired by the elites in your social group, at the expense of the values Ike stood for. The apple appears to have fallen very far from the tree. You would not have this forum without the name Eisenhower. With privelege comes responsibility. You have failed in yours. I know that I am not alone in my disappointment.”


4 James D. Best { 10.31.12 at 5:38 pm }

I left the following comment:

I am so disappointed in your article and endorsement of President Obama. The only way you could write this article is to base your entire perception of President Obama based upon what he says, not what he does. I have found the stronger he asserts a position, the more likely it is a diversion for going in the opposite direction.


5 madmemere { 11.01.12 at 1:34 am }

Hard to believe she’s even related to the “Ike and Mamie” we knew!


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