David Eisenhower & Julie Nixon Eisenhower

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David and Julie Eisenhower talk about what it was like to be with the man who invented the 1950s but didn't know how to use a telephone. (6:16)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BAN,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT WROTE A BOOK

ABOUT PRESIDENT DWIGHT D.

EISENHOWER CALLED "GOING HOME TO

GLORY."

FUNNY?

I THOUGHT HIS WIFE'S NAME WAS

MAMIE.

PLEASE WELCOME JULIE AND DAVID

EISENHOWER.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING

ME.

OH, THIS IS A REAL PLEASURE.

NOW, YOU TWO HAVE A VERY UNIQUE

PLACE IN AMERICAN HIS TRY.

DAVID, YOU ARE THE GRANDSON OF

SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER AND

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

DWIGHT EISENHOWER.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: AND JULIE, YOU ARE

THE DAUGHTER OF PRESIDENT NIXON.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: NOW, I WOULD ASK

HOW YOU TWO HOOKED UP, BUT I'VE

SEEN THE EVIDENCE.

JIM, DO WE HAVE THAT PHOTOGRAPH

OF THESE TWO YOUNG PEOPLE, THESE

LOVE BIRDS.

YOU'RE THE TWO IN THE MIDDLE?

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: AND WHEN IS THIS?

>> THIS IS JANUARY 20, 1957.

JANUARY 21st.

>> WE WERE EIGHT YEARS OLD.

>> THAT'S CHIEF JUSTICE EARL WAR

REMEMBER OVER THERE ON THE

RIGHT.

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T HAVE TO

TELL ME.

I'M A HUGE WARREN HEAD.

IS THERE A LOT OF PRESSURE BEING

THE MOST ADORABLE COUPLE IN

AMERICA?

DO PEOPLE LOOK TO YOU AS SOME

SORT OF... LIKE ICONS OF A TIME.

>> WELL, IF THEY EVEN KNOW WHO

WE ARE AT ALL.

>> Stephen: OH, THEY WILL

KNOW, THE COLBERT BUMP.

>> PICKING UP PRESCRIPTION, YOU

SPELL EISENHOWER WITH AN "E,"

NOT AN "I."

>> Stephen: WHEN THEY ASK YOU

TO SPELL EISENHOWER, DO YOU EVER

SAY, "HE DEFEATED HIT HER"?

>>

THE

BOOK IS CALLED "GOING HOME TO

GLORY: A MEMOIR OF THE LIFE OF

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER.

" WHAT WAS LIFE LIKE FOR YOUR

GRANDFATHER AFTER HE LEFT THE

PRESIDENCY?

FIRST OF ALL, DID HE CONSIDER

PRESIDENT EISENHOWER OR GENERAL

EISENHOWER?

>> HE TOOK THE TITLE GENERAL AND

IT PUZZLED PEOPLE.

IT PUZZLED PRESIDENT KENNEDY.

DWIGHT EISENHOWER MADE THE

REQUEST OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY.

I THINK WHAT IT MEANT WAS HE

REGARDED HIS BOND WITH THE

SOLDIERS OF WORLD WAR II TO BE

THE BASIC REASON HE WAS IN

PUBLIC SERVICE.

I THINK HE CONSECRATED HIS

PRESIDENCY BY THAT ACT, TAKING

THE TITLE GENERAL.

>> FOR THE FEW PEOPLE OUT THERE

WHO MAY NOT HAVE A MILITARY

EDUCATION, HE WAS SUPREME ALLIED

COMMANDER, A GUY WHO PLANNED AND

EXECUTED D-DAY.

>> EXECUTED D-DAY.

MARSHALL AND MONTGOMERY AND WHO?

>> HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST

PLANNERS TO DEVELOP THE IDEA FOR

D-DAY.

>> Stephen: BY THE WAY, YOU

SAW WHAT I WAS SAYING ABOUT JOHN

McCAIN EARLIER.

I ACTUALLY ASKED THE SOLDIERS IF

THEY WANTED TO INVADE NORMANDY,

RIGHT?

>> EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: THAT'S HOW THE

MILITARY WORKS.

>> EXACTLY THE WAY IT WORKS,

YES.

>> Stephen: HERE'S SOMETHING I

THINK IS MORE AMAZING ABOUT THIS

MAN.

HE WAS PRESIDENT DURING THE PEAK

OF AMERICAN POWER IN THE WORLD.

I MEAN, FOR PETE'S SAKE, WE WERE

SENDING FOOD TO ENGLAND IN THE

1950S.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE GROWING UP AT

THE CENTER OF THAT POWER?

WAS WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO BE WITH

THE MAN WHO INVENTED THE

1950s.

>> WHAT WOULD YOU SAY, AWESOME?

>> AWESOME, YEAH.

>> HE WAS VERY EXCITING, AND YOU

CAN IMAGINE HOW POPULAR I MADE

YOU IN SCHOOL TO BRING YOUR

CLASSMATES TO THE WHITE HOUSE,

OH, SURE.

>> TO HAVE SECRET SERVICE, VERY

GLAMOROUS.

>> Stephen: WAS IT HARD FOR

HIM TO RETURN THE DAILY LIFE?

>> EVERYTHING HAD BEEN DONE FOR

HIM IN YEARS.

HE HADN'T DRIVEN A CARD IN

YEARS.

HE HADN'T EVEN PLACED TELEPHONE

CALLS.

HE HAD TO BE SHOWN HOW TO DIAL A

TELEPHONE.

WHEN HE LEFT OFFICE, THIS WAS

SORT OF A REHABILITATION... HE

PUT HIMSELF IN A REHABILITATION

PROGRAM.

>> Stephen: 20 YEARS OF

EVERYBODY DOING THINGS FOR HIM?

COULD HE FEED HIMSELF?

>> YES.

>> YES.

>> EXACTLY.

THAT'S THE IDEA.

THE PRESIDENT IS VERY PAMPERED,

AND SO HE... STEP ONE WAS TO

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR IMMEDIATE

SURROUNDINGS AND THEN...

>> IT'S AMAZING.

>> HE GOT A DRIVER'S LICENSE.

>> Stephen: HE COULDN'T DRIVE?

>> WITHIN ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS OF

LEAVING OFFICE, HE SHOWS UP AT

THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF

MOTOR VEHICLES FOR A DRIVER'S

TEST.

YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT THE STATE

TROOPERS ARE GOING TO SAY ABOUT

THE GENERAL'S QUALIFICATIONS.

THEY OF COURSE CALLED HIM AN

EXCELLENT DRIVER.

THEY GAVE HIM THE LICENSE AND

WE'RE THE ONES WHO HAD THE DRIVE

AROUND WITH HIM IN THE PASSENGER

SEAT FOR YEARS.

>> HAND ME THE KEY, GRANDPA.

( LAUGHTER )

YOU AREST.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: DO YOU HAVE ANY

ADVICE FOR SASHA AND MALIA

GROWING UP IN THE WHITE HOUSE IN

THE PUBLIC EYE?

ARE THERE HAUNTED BATHTUBS WHERE

TAFT'S GHOST STILL SHOWS UP OR

SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

ARE THERE THINGS YOU WOULD SAY

TO THE CHILDREN IN THE WHITE

HOUSE.

>> THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE

THERE ARE GHOSTS IN THE WHITE

HOUSE.

PEEP IN THE STAFF WOULD NOT COME

TO THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE WHITE

HOUSE DURING THE NIXON YEARS,

RIGHT?

AT NIGHT.

>> I THINK THE LINCOLN BEDROOM

IS SUPPOSED TO BE HAUNTED.

I NEVER NOTICED IT.

THE OBAMAS SEEM LIKE A CLOSE

FAMILY.

I'M SURE THE GIRLS ARE HAVING A

LOT OF SLEEPOVERS.

THERE'S A SECRET STARE CASE.

THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES TO HIDE

IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

>> WHERE DID YOU HIDE, AND WHO

DID YOU HIDE FROM?

>> I DID FIND A GREAT PLACE.

THERE'S THE QUEEN'S BEDROOM.

THERE'S A GREAT BIG WALK IN

SHOWER.

WE PLAYED A GAME OF SARDINES.

WE HAD A BIG GROUP OF

HOUSEGUESTS.

>> Stephen: SARDINES IN

COLLEGE?

THAT'S A TOTALLY DIFFERENT GAME

IN COLLEGE.

>> THE VERY BACK OF THE CLOSET

IS VERY DARK.

NOBODY COULD FIND ME.

ISN'T THAT GREAT?

>> NO KIDDING.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU GLAD YOU

EVENTUALLY FOUND HER?

DAVID EISENHOWER, JULIE NIXON

EISENHOWER, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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