A note by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
My dad fought in WW2, and I was born a couple of years after he returned (from the Philippines w two Purple Hearts). I don’t recall him taking political sides but he “liked Ike.” “Honor,” is the word that draws the contrast we need Americans to consider today. Excellent! Great perspectives-- and a cogent closer.
Always good to be reading you.
Brilliant and uplifting. One of your many "bests" (I had to share on Twitter). I especially appreciate the connection made with where true power lies - not in whining, terrorizing, and claiming victimhood - but in the power of authenticity. Good reminder that evil inherently possesses the roots of its own destruction (thank you, MacBeth!)
Spot on Greg!! And yes, I agree. Biden has compassion, integrity & honor and no slouch..He can be depended upon to do his best for the nation. Admirable traits in a president or a human being..especially after dealing with the orange f'kup/traitor/grifter/molester for 4 years.
Wonderful piece (as all your writing is!).
There really is no comparison between a stain on history like 45 and President Eisenhower.
My grandma tap danced in front of Gen. Eisenhower at a postwar event (she was pretty proud of this) and her husband (my grandpa) was in the Navy, there in the waters waiting outside Normandy, on D-day.
Eisenhower is a special figure and I grew up cherishing his importance in world history.
Thank you, Greg. WWII history should all be written as you write it. There has been no better description I have read of the Oh Shit! day Rommel had on June 6.
As for the timing of the invasion, there was more to factor in than just weather: it was also according to the full moon so that there would be a tide that was low enough to storm the beach under enough light to see where they were going, but before actual light so they could do so under cover of darkness...plus they needed to time it so the tide was rising so their ships could move in close without getting stranded...but the tide had to be low enough that they could find the mines and detonate them without tripping them.
I love that about D-Day. When you work with instead of against Nature, you can get serious shit done.
Here's a bit more about it: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/podcast/june20/nop36-dday-tides.html
And thank you for being a guest on my podcast. You are welcome any time. It is so much fun to speak with a smart person who has a keen sense of humor.
I’ve had the good fortune to spend many summers in France and one of the French channels airs the movie ‘The Longest Day’ every June 6 to remember and show gratitude.
Thank you to all the brave European resistance fighters, like my young Dad, his family, buddies, and Americans who saved most of Europe from being colonized by a German or Russian Empire. The greatest generation! ✌🏻 Now, it’s our turn to #ProtectDemocracy! 🇺🇸
Thanks, Greg, for this. Another illustration of how in the long line of Republican presidents, Eisenhower was the last great one. No one had a hand in "making America great[er]" than he did. The line of succession below him pales in comparison and sullies the whole party, until it reached its nadir with TFG.
I was three years old in 1944. But growing up in a household that included parents and maternal grandparents, all with obviously German names, made me vaguely aware early on of the political ramifications of the war going on. My grandfather, a conscientious objector, was a Republican because he thought the Democrats got us into the war. I clearly remember the “I Like Ike” buttons. I don’t specifically remember my family’s political support of Ike, but his role in ending the war must have been a positive factor, and so must have been his honorable character. Alas, the GOP of 2023 is clearly not my (or your) grandfather’s Republican Party, and they are essentially the fascists we were fighting against back then. But Harry “The Buck Stops Here” Truman must have had that character trait of taking responsibility for decisions that you rightly call honor. And so does Biden. I’m glad you used the word Prevail in acknowledging that, as I believe with all my being, good/right/light ultimately wins.
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I think that is a link to where the video lives on your hard drive; it isn't accessible. Sorry. :(
One of your best pieces