National Geographic : 1960 May
A dramatic pictorial record of Mr. Eisenhower's 11-nation tour to Asia, Africa, and Europe When the President Goes Abroad Article and photographs by GILBERT M. GROSVENOR, National Geographic Staff IN DELHI a million Indians engulfed the car. In Tehran the limou sine rolled over exquisite Persian rugs. In Athens King Paul swung open a palace gate used only for rare state occasions. Peoples from all countries and all walks of life hailed Dwight David Eisen hower's journey to understanding. And in Pakistan, a mother named her newborn son Ike Khan. Indian Parliament members approvingly slapped their hands on desk tops, interrupting Mr. Eisenhower a dozen times-an unprecedented tribute to a foreigner. North Africa's veiled women wailed cries of joy: "you-you-you." And an Indian peasant, tears streaking his face as Mr. Eisenhower spoke in Delhi, said in native dialect: "I do not under stand English, but I feel his sincerity-it is his heart that speaks." With the Presidential party, I traveled 22,000 miles to watch and photograph the enthusiastic response of Europeans, Asians, and Africans to Mr. Eisenhower's plea for peace, justice, and freedom. Many had never heard of Dwight D. Eisenhower, but in him they found a fellow opponent of human suffering and war. Mr. Eisenhower quickly won the affection and confidence of many creeds and races. In Rome he mentioned the ten million Americans of Italian blood, in Ankara spoke some Turkish phrases, in Karachi ate curry and spices. To Indians he quoted Mahatma Gandhi-"Freedom is a gift of God-the right of every nation." He lauded the ancient Persians Cyrus and Darius, and recalled the centuries-old democracy of Greece's classic age. He hailed Tunisian independence, named the early Spanish explorers of North America, and sampled the traditional dates and milk in Casablanca. Memories of Mr. Eisenhower's journey to Europe, Asia, and Africa will live forever with the 9,000,000 people who greeted him. In twenty years, when that child in Pakistan reaches manhood, Pakistanis will still remember why he is called Ike Khan. One of India's millions, a New Delhi woman shares in the world's ovation to President Eisenhower. As narrowed, spectacled eyes grope for a glimpse of him and hand-cupped ear strains to hear his voice, she waves the United States flag. 588 HIGH SPEED EKTACHROMEBY GILBERTM. GROSVENOR© N.G.S.