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Ike Continues to Assail Kennedy Administration

Oct. 9, 1962 - General Dwight D. Eisenhower (pictured with President-elect Kennedy in January 1961) turned his Western tour into an attack against the Kennedy Administration today. He spoke disparagingly of its “callow youth.” Addressing 4,000 Republicans in Boise, Idaho, the general said, “I am sick and tired of people telling the American people they did nothing for eight years” while he was President. He cited a long list of accomplishments under his Administration, and he contrasted it with what he said had happened to the steel industry, the stock market, and “the morale of businessmen” under President Kennedy. “I guess this was progress,” he said, “but if it was, it was in the wrong direction.” He urged the people to reject “any thought that this clique of young, so-called brilliant men have any magical formula through which we will live and prosper.”


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