The slogan when he ran for president was “I like Ike”. I’m picking up the phrase regarding the effort to rename Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport after Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Our state’s best-known man was actually born in Texas, but always considered Abilene, Kansas his hometown. He served as our nation’s military commander in Africa, Italy, and Europe during World War II. His political skills in running a multi-national effort were phenomenal. He returned to the U-S and served as president for two terms. He kept us out of shooting wars and led us through prosperous times that included the building of his pet project, the interstate highway system.
He loved to play golf and bridge, he smoked too much, and he was known for his volcanic temper. Many thought of him as our nation’s “grandfather”, but he was a smart, tough man.
In my opinion, Eisenhower was one of our best presidents, a war hero, and a terrific representative of what is best about Kansas.
Yes … Eisenhower Airport is fine with me. I like Ike!
Our thought for today is from Calvin Coolidge:
“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”