National Affairs: The Boom

As the word from Paris headlined its way around the country, the Eisenhower boom grew with it.

Some newspapers lined up with Ike the night of Senator Henry Cabot Lodge's announcement. One of them was the usually slow-moving New York Times, which had backed a Democratic candidate in three of the last five elections (Roosevelt in 1932, 1936, 1944). Noting that other newspapers and magazines had recently declared for Eisenhower, the Times editorialized: "This widespread faith in General Eisenhower's fitness to be President is deeply sincere and wholly spontaneous . . . We are confident that he would use the great power...

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