RUSH: We are happy to welcome to the program Bret Baier of Fox News, Special Report with Bret Baier, who has just a marvelous new book out. It’s been out a week. It’s Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission, and it’s not exclusively about this, but delves into great detail about the transition from Eisenhower to JFK, which was multifaceted, including it was a huge generational transition and shift. And, Bret, welcome to the program. It’s great to have you here.
BAIER: Hey, Rush. Thanks for having me. Great to talk to you.
RUSH: What is it…? I mean, of all the things that you might have wanted to write a book about, what was it about Eisenhower and his transition to JFK? What interested you about that? Why did you choose that as something to write about? I mean, this is a detailed, extensive historical book.
RUSH: The reviews on this book are just off the charts. It’s incredible.
BAIER: Well, thank you. You know, we worked on it for about three-and-a-half years. I first got there, you and I are both golfers, and Ike was a golfer, I stayed at the Eisenhower cabin. I happened to be invited down to Augusta, and I was all excited to play, obviously — first time — and I walked around there, and I said, “I don’t know enough about President Eisenhower.” I know General Eisenhower, I just didn’t know President Eisenhower, and if I don’t know it and I cover Washington and politics, surely my generation and younger really doesn’t.
So I went out to the library in Abilene, Kansawhich is if you can get there and if you haven’t been there, you should go. It’s a spectacularly place, the Eisenhower Library, and I talked to the folks there and they said, “Of all the books about Eisenhower, this transition has not really been focused on, and that’s farewell address.” I went to the library, they pulled out a box, and I put gloves on, and they pulled out a folder, and they gave me the actual address. That’s 56 years ago tonight that Eisenhower delivers the farewell address. I’m holding it in my hands. I see the scribble marks that Eisenhower made and the underlines and the capitalizing, and I thought, “This is the thing that will get me a narrative to breathe life into history and reintroduce President Eisenhower,” and that’s where it all started.