National Geographic : 1969 Jul
Lighter duties of office: President Eisenhower tosses out the first ball of the 1953 baseball season. Picking up pointers are two future Presidents, Lyndon Johnson (left), then Senate Dem ocratic leader, and Vice President Nixon (half obscured at right). "Serious Steps" was the caption of this Pulitzer Prize photo graph showing President John F. Kennedy and General Eisen hower conferring at Camp David, Maryland, in April 1961 after the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Fidel Castro's Cuba. Mr. Eisenhower's death. The for mer President wrote: "It seems that the deportment and words rather than the achieve ments of people in positions of heavy responsibility are taken by columnists and partisans and, at times by serious students, as evi dence of the true capacities of those of whom they write. "They equate an individual's strength of dedication with orator ical bombast; determination with public repetition of a catchy phrase; achievement with exag gerated use of the vertical pro noun. They ignore completely the circumstances that have made dif ficult any progress by one of their victims just as they do the acci dents and planned publicity that often made easy the way of the ex hibitionist. To them record means little; manner, and method, are vital. "The new economists and mem bers of the personality cult belittle the achievements of the devoted men and women who served in the Executive Branch from 1953 to 1961. Yet consider these accom plishments. "Statehood of Alaska and Ha waii. "Building of St. Lawrence Sea way. "End of Korean War; thereafter no American killed in combat. "Largest reduction of taxes to that time. "First Civil Rights Law in 80 years. "Prevention of Communistic ef forts to dominate Iran, Guatema la, Lebanon, Formosa, South Viet nam. "Reorganization of the Defense Department. "Initiation, and great progress in, most ambitious road program by any nation in all history. "Slowing up and practical elim ination of inflation. "Initiation of Space program with successful orbit in less than three years, starting from scratch. "Initiating a strong ballistic mis sile program.