Is it true that Eisenhower didn’t like Nixon?

Please don’t make me reread Ambrose; it’s a big book.

But yes.

  • Repeated snubs by Ike, about Nixon making VP at all, about being renominated as VP, about actually supporting Nixon’s presidential run. Culminating in the famous “shit or get off the pot” outburst by Nixon.
  • Repeated jabs that Nixon had no executive experience, so he needed to be demoted to a cabinet position.
  • Passive-aggressive delegation of handling Nixon to his Chief of Staff.
  • Lack of any intimacy with Nixon, and inviting him to hang out with him only under sufferance.

Ike was not a party man, and Nixon was to him an imposition.

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