There was a lot of coverage yesterday about “D” Day which occurred on June 6th, 1944 as Allied troops assaulted the coast of Normandy, France and started to end World War II. The commander of the Allied Armies, General Dwight Eisenhower had planned and then executed the orders for this life changing event. General “IKE” became the hero of the world and maybe one of the most influential leaders of all time.

Over many years, I found that he was one of my hero’s. I selected him as the one person I would liked to have met in person and have dinner. I would like to discuss some of his idea’s that he put into motion that many folks don’t know he was responsible for. I also admired his leadership skills.

IKE started the process of integration. First in the military, then in the District of Columbia when he was President, and then started the law change process that brought us into full USA integration Civil Rights Law which was carried out by JFK and Lyndon Johnson.

The one thing IKE did that I believe was a greatest shift in the century was the Interstate Highway System. IKE started that program because he believe we needed it so we could move Armies quickly from Coast to Coast and Border to Border. What happened was every small town in America was close to a major highway and moving goods and services became swift and economical. The Trucking industry quickly replaced railroads as the distributor of material from Ports to Cities, and from Small Town America to Ports and major cities.

IKE changed the executive branch of our Government by installing the staff support and establishing a well defined organizational chart for the White House. Ike also established the first regularly scheduled Press Conference giving the Press direct access to him, setting another precedent that has survived over time.

So, Does anyone have a “I LIKE IKE” Button?

Have a great weekend and be kind to yourself today!

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