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Eisenhower’s Prayer for Unity January 20, 1953


ALMIGHTY GOD,
As we stand here at this moment, my future associates in the executive branch of the government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng and th eir fellow citizens everywhere.

Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong and allow all our works and actions to be governed thereby and by the laws of this land.

Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people, regardless of station, race or calling. May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who, under the concept of our Constitution, hold to differing political beliefs, so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and for Thy glory.

Amen

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  • Rev.Hoagie October 28, 2018, 4:04 PM

    Try reciting that prayer to people from the party that booed God at their convention not once, not twice but three times! That should make you a real popular privileged white Christian man in a foreign land….America.

  • Gordon Scott October 29, 2018, 9:18 AM

    I’m listening to Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith. The author is a bit reflexibly liberal, and one can hear her nodding with approval when Ike takes a liberal position, but it’s still interesting.

    She makes the point that Eisenhower got along better with LBJ as the Senate Majority Leader, and Sam Rayburn as Speaker of the House, than he did with their Republican counterparts. Of course, Ike was born in Texas also, though he grew up in Kansas. And there’s a long difference between Lyndon Johnson in the 1950s and Chuckie Schumer today. Nancy Pelosi is a San Francisco millionaire, and Sam Rayburn lived modestly with his wife in a small apartment.

  • Casey Klahn October 29, 2018, 9:31 AM

    I don’t want to be one of those “history began when I was born” types, but Ike seems to be the last of the presidents who had intact personal authority. Kennedy was a transition figure: handsome and popular but the authority was starting to seep away.

    Am I wrong?

  • Vanderleun October 29, 2018, 10:43 AM

    Not yet.