May 21, 2023

Lunch & Learn: Ike and Joe, the best of enemies

Posted May 21, 2023 1:02 PM


ABILENE - The relationship between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Senator Joseph McCarthy will be the focus of the next Lunch & Learn at the Eisenhower Presidential Library.

The program is scheduled for noon Thursday either in person or online. The Lunch & Learn will be in the library indoor courtyard and will begin promptly at noon. Those participating are encouraged to arrive by 11:45 a.m. A light box lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

You also can watch the program being streamed live online.

Guest speaker Larry Tye is scheduled to discuss the complicated relationship of the president and McCarthy, according to information from the Eisenhower Presidential Library. Eisenhower Presidential Library Director Dawn Hammatt will moderate the conversation with Tye.

According to information from the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Tye, author of Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, got first and exclusive access to all of McCarthy's personal and professional papers, which were closed to researchers for more than 60 years due to donor restrictions.

"Based on his extensive research, Tye surmises President Eisenhower waited longer to bring down McCarthy than many of his advisors thought he should. This resulted in McCarthy ruining even more lives and further disrupting the operations of the Senate and the nation," the library noted in a news release.