For the first time in Presidential history, 81 members of the Reagan Administration write about their President. This unique collection of stories, experiences, and commentary illustrates how a team of dedicated people, motivated and directed by an exceptional leader, came together [as President Reagan said in his Farewell Address] “to change a nation, and instead….changed a world.
Why I Like IKE
Gil Robinson, as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce, was the youngest member of the Eisenhower Administration. Over the years following, he served in jobs as varied as Chairman of the New York Board of Trade (in which he led the first business delegation from the U.S. to China) and Deputy Director of the U.S Information Agency (USIA). President Ronald Reagan appointed him Ambassador and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State.
Citizens for Eisenhower
In June, 1951, Charles F. Willis, Jr. and Stanley M. Rumbough, Jr.—two former WWII Naval fighter pilots with no political experience or contacts— were frustrated with what they saw as “that mess in Washington” and were convinced that General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower was the ideal 1952 candidate for President of the United States. They did not know whether he was Republican or Democrat, had never communicated with the General, and were so naive that they didn’t even know how candidates were nominated.
But they made it work. Within eight months, self-funded, with no help from the Republican Party, they had thousands of supporters active in 800 “Eisenhower for President Clubs” in 38 states. But by then, other movements in support of Eisenhower had begun, and Charlie and Stan had about run out of money. On the advice of Massachusetts Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, to better coordinate with and support a formal campaign, they set up a corporation (“Citizens for Eisenhower”), took on some professional administrative and fund-raising help and were instrumental in convincing Eisenhower to run for President . . . and, then in helping him to win..