Talk:Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Eisenhower and Patton[edit]

The article stated that Eisenhower reprimanded Patton for giving a "grossly errant speech". Actually, that event has been exaggerated. Patton made that speech in Knutsford in which he said it was "the evident destiny of the British and the Americans - and of course, the Russians - to rule the world after the war." Unfortunately, many newspaper accounts left out the part about the Russians, and Patton was unfairly accused of snubbing them. Eisenhower was told the facts, but he still considered relieving Patton of command for the simple reason that he was getting sick and tired of having to cover for him. Patton had no business commenting on postwar policy, so he deserved the reprimand, but let's not accuse him of more than he actually did.97.73.64.156 (talk) 01:44, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Citation needed[edit]

This statement rings phoney: "Dwight developed a keen and enduring interest in exploring outdoors, hunting/fishing, cooking and card playing from an illiterate named Bob Davis who lived by the river." It sounds like the SNL sketch of the motivational speaker who lives in a van down by the river. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.253.136.138 (talk) 17:49, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Never mind. Reference [6] p. 23 has thr Bob Davis story. Davis is described as a trapper, guide, and fisherman (and illiterate), but does not locate his residence by the river.— Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.253.136.138 (talk) 18:07, 27 April 2013‎ (UTC)

I also have yet to find a reliable source that states Davis lived "by" the river. Eisenhower wrote (in At Ease; current reference 28) that they "spent weekends together on the river" though that's not a clear statement that Davis lived there. —ADavidB 00:34, 28 April 2013 (UTC)
On reviewing reliable sources, I could only verify that Davis camped on the (Smoky Hill) river. I added source citations and tweaked the text accordingly. —ADavidB 02:09, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

Another citation request, for the statement "Upon discovery of the Nazi concentration camps, he ordered camera crews to document evidence of the atrocities in them for use in the Nuremberg Trials." There are varying versions of whom he ordered to visit the concentration camps (the other version says any US troops that were nearby: "Eisenhower also ordered every American soldier in the area who was not on the front lines to visit Ohrdruf and Buchenwald." -- this version is at the Eisenhower Memorial website on the Wayback Machine, at http://web.archive.org/web/20041112001453/http://www.eisenhowermemorial.org/stories/death-camps.htm ). Does anyone know of a source that quotes the order verbatim? WilliamWQuick (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 18:06, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

Second Term[edit]

Article needs a section on the 1956 election156.99.108.1 (talk) 18:57, 24 August 2013 (UTC)

Award categories[edit]

A user boldly removed a bunch of award categories from the article. I temporarily reversed this because I think such a major change should probably be discussed. It's questionable to me whether some of these award categories should exist—but here, the question is while they do exist, should this article be removed from all of them, some of them, or none of them? Good Ol’factory (talk) 20:00, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

  • Without the awards categories, Eisenhower is still in 30 categories. That is still so many that it will overwhelm most users. I think he should be removed from absolutely all awards cats.John Pack Lambert (talk) 20:05, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
  • Comment Some of these awards are ones that in some cases are the key to a person's notability, such as possibly some of the crosses of war from maybe France or Belgium. However it is not a notable fact for Eisenhower that he got those awards.John Pack Lambert (talk) 20:21, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

Presidency section[edit]

Should the "Presidency" sections be significantly shortened, with the bulk of its material moved over to Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower? Even though that's supposedly the "main article" about his presidency, the Presidency section here is far more comprehensive on the subject than is that entire article. As things stand currently, it actually seems pointless to me for that article to even exist. 76.169.117.161 (talk) 06:53, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

Why isn't there a part about criticism of Eisenhower? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 41.234.203.191 (talk) 12:18, 16 February 2014 (UTC)

Birth name[edit]

The infobox has his birth name as David Dwight Eisenhower without any explanation. Surely that isn't correct, is it? 92.40.249.156 (talk) 22:12, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

It is correct, and it is explained--in the text of the article, should you get a chance to read it. Lithistman (talk) 22:37, 17 July 2014 (UTC)