Truman, White House, Dwight Eisenhower discussed on Here & Now

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Hardly a day in office that has not been dominated by this all embracing struggle. This conflict between those who love freedom And those who would lead the world back into slavery and darkness. In his farewell, Truman did something most outgoing presidents do. He wished to successor well in urged Americans to support him. Dwight Eisenhower followed Truman into the White House. He was a five star general who helped plan the D Day invasion. But as president when he left office, he did so with this warning. The councils of government. We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence whether sought or unsought. By the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists. And will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination in danger our liberties or democratic process. Eisenhower spoke on January 17th 1961 3. Days later, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated. His presidency ended with his assassination in Dallas in 1963 and his vice president Lyndon Johnson took office. Johnson's presidency saw historic progress on issues like civil rights but dogged by Vietnam. He decided not to run for reelection in 1968. So we used the 1969 state of the union message to say goodbye. I hope it may be said 100 years from now. By working together. We help to make our country more just More just for all of its people. As well as to ensure and guarantee the blessings of liberty. For all of our posterity. That's what I hope. But I believe That At least it will be said. That we pride Richard Nixon followed LBJ into the White House, but his presidency ended in the Watergate scandal. His emotional farewell to members of his administration and the White House staff was.

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