By Robin Gerber
It's a time of turmoil, with the country mired in an unpopular warfare in Korea and with Senator Joseph McCarthy stirring up worry of a lurking Communist "menace." Racial discrimination is rampant. A woman's position is in the house. And whilst a surprising act of God removes the Democratic presidential nominee, the celebration throws its help to an not likely commonplace bearer: former First girl and goodwill ambassador to the area Eleanor Roosevelt. desirable and fast paced, Eleanor vs. Ike pits the unforgettable Eleanor opposed to the greatly renowned battle hero Gen. Dwight David ("Ike") Eisenhower. yet whereas the rivals promise "an sincere campaign," their strategists mire the race in scandal and sour innuendo. abruptly Eleanor reveals herself a goal of robust insiders who suggest to wreck her solid name—and Ku Klux Klan assassins devoted to her death—as she will get stuck up in a mad whirl of appearances and political maneuvering . . . and an opportunity come across with a precocious five-year-old named Hillary Rodham.
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He knew keeping the photo was risky, but sometimes—looking at the warm smile that swept across Kay’s face, remembering her trim body so smart in the uniform he’d had made for her, the way her eyes opened wide and lit up when she saw him, the silky perfume of her hair, so thick his fingers would tangle in it—sometimes he just needed to look at her. Once, when he’d been at Columbia, he thought he’d seen her in the audience during a convocation ceremony, but the woman he thought was Kay seemed to disappear, and he decided his eyes were deceived.
That’s what he said! ‘That was legal,’ and he smiles like the cat that swallowed the canary. ” Ike shook his head and pulled out his handkerchief. ” “Well, that’s what happens when a party’s been in power too long,” Ike said. 32 Robin Gerber “Exactly why I’m here, General. I can’t wait until after dinner. ” That evening, Jacquelin loaded up her film in the projection room normally used for military affairs. She, Mamie, and Ike sat down to watch the documentary of an Eisenhower rally in Madison Square Garden.
She spread her skirt and sat down, looking satisfied. “Oh, oh, wait, remember? There was that other thing in ’46 or ’47, I think,” Mamie piped up again. “That tax thing. Remember? ” Ike was staring at his wife like she was a stranger. He could never understand how she went from one emotional extreme to another so quickly. When he was around her, he felt like he was on a frozen pond, taking each step with exaggerated care, his heart pounding when he heard a crack and a vast sense of relief sweeping through him when the ice felt firm and thick.