Dwight D. Eisenhower: Farewell Address

(1961)

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Explanation and Analysis of the Document

In his Farewell Address, Eisenhower very much casts himself as a senior statesman and wise old soldier in a performance devoid of bells and whistles. His speech pattern is untheatrical, and his prose is sparse, workmanlike, and designed to communicate to, not uplift, America. Eisenhower could not draw upon the Bostonian twang or the rhetorical elegance that would make President Kennedy's Inaugural Address a piece of superbly staged drama, designed...