Presidents Eisenhower and Reagan Comparison Essay by Nicky

An examination of some of the basic similarities between the presidencies of Eisenhower and Reagan.
# 150150 | 2,708 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 29, 2012 in History (Leaders) , History (U.S. Presidency) , International Relations (Cold War)

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The paper points out the similarities in the popularity levels of both Eisenhower and Reagan as well as in their policies and leadership techniques. The paper compares the prosperity of the 1950s and the recession of the early 1980s and the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. The paper reaches the conclusion that the similarities between Eisenhower and Reagan seem to overpower any and all of their differences.

From the Paper:

"First of all, when Eisenhower entered the White House in early 1954, his popularity with the American public was quite high and when he left office in 1961, opening the door for the Kennedy Administration, he was still as popular as ever, for like George Washington,
Eisenhower was "first in the hearts of his countrymen, a hero of World War II who had helped to bring down Nazi Germany" via the invasion of Europe in 1944 (Sherwood, 356). Some of Eisenhower's closest White House associates and political followers often described him as admitting more than once that he did not enjoy being President of the United States and was often very impatient when asked to perform "certain political chores" that went along with being President; Eisenhower also chose to delegate these chores to his subordinates, thus forcing many important decisions upon them, some without any kind of experience. In addition, Eisenhower reveals in one of his letters that he was "ignorant of the details of specific policies of my own administration" (Eden-Eisenhower, 2005).
"Therefore, some of Eisenhower's detractors concluded that he was a weak President and did not view him as anything special, even though he played a major role in the D-Day Invasion of Europe and had some influence over how and when the Marshall Plan for Europe's reconstruction after the war would come about (Sherwood, 357)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "American President: Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1911-2004." 2009. Miller Center of PublicAffairs. University of Virginia. Internet. Accessed July 26, 2009 from
  • Eisenhower, Dwight D. The Eden-Eisenhower Correspondence, 1953 to 1958.Raleigh: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.
  • Kengor, Paul. "Comparing Presidents Reagan and Eisenhower." Presidential StudiesQuarterly. Spring 1998. 28. 2. 366-393.
  • Kornbluh, Peter and Malcolm Byrne, eds. The Iran-Contra Scandal: The Declassified History. The National Security Archives. New York: The New Press, 1993.
  • Morrow, Lance. "Dreaming the Eisenhower Years." Time. July 28, 1980. 23-26.

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