“I like Ike!”
Like President Trump, Dwight Eisenhower was elected US president on his first run for elected office. His path, however, was one from the American heartland through West Point, rising through the officer’s corps of the United States Army and eventually being named Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II. “Ike” was elected President in a landslide in 1952 (with 39-year-old running mate Richard Nixon) and reelected four years later. His highly underrated tenure would run through most of the 1950s: a time of great prosperity and innocence at home and the darkest, most suspicious and frightening years of the Cold War abroad.