Barack Obama and Dwight D. Eisenhower seem as different as war and peace, a pair set off by Obama's casual "latte salute" on leaving Marine One.
Eisenhower and Obama are juxtaposed in time, too. Eisenhower, then the oldest president, left office in 1961, the year Obama was born. In place, they share prairie roots. Eisenhower grew up on a Kansas farm. Obama's origins go back to Kansas.
Like war and peace, yes sir, but history is up to its tricks again.
Eisenhower, the five-star hero of his West Point generation, was elected as a warrior. The presidency was all he ran for. Yet the Republican famously championed peace in his farewell.