Obama's Eisenhower Moment: American Strategic Choices and the Transatlantic Defense Relationship
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Fifty-six years to the day -- Tuesday, 4 November 1952 -- on which determined American voters elected Dwight David Eisenhower the 4th president of the United States, an equally determined electorate chose Barack Hussein Obama as the nations 44th chief executive. The coincidence of their election date and their Kansas roots are not all they have in common. Barack Obama came to the White House in January 2009 at an equally critical moment for the future of the United States and as leader of a party which has not been the dominant voice in shaping American foreign policy since Richard Nixon defeated Hubert Humphrey in the presidential election of 1968. One of Obamas principal tasks is to restore the Democratic Partys foreign policy consensus and demonstrate to the American public that Democrats have the ideas, leadership skills, and competence, particularly in the area of national security policy, to deal with the issues confronting the country.
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