National Geographic : 1969 Jul
Keeping in the swing of things, a retired Ike teams up with golfer Arnold Palmer to play a benefit in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Palmer recalls that "Ike would ask advice on his swing. If my tip worked, it delighted him and lit his face like a six-year-old on Christmas morning." Proud grandfather: Ike and his son watch young David take two sisters on a pony-cart ride at the President's Get tysburg home. Of the 230-acre farm he said, "When I die I'm going to leave a piece of ground better than I found it." changing world and domestic situations would have no gaps." Although Ike suffered his coronary and ileitis attacks during his first term, he chose to run again, and was re-elected by a resound ing plurality. Politics, however, is no respect er of persons, and the President often found himself under fire from critics. Some con demned his easy, military-style delegation of authority to Cabinet members; others de nounced his passion for golf. The fact re- mains that his two terms at the helm of the Republic brought a period of peace to the Nation and a measure of prosperity never before equaled. As his term drew to a close, President Eisenhower-the professional soldier who had always been a man of peace-delivered a speech of farewell to his countrymen. In it, he warned against "the acquisition of unwar ranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex....