Monday, July 15, 2013

Eisenhower Memorial Fiasco

As a Kansan, I've watched the spectacle of the memorial to President Dwight Eisenhower in Washington with increasing disgust. Here is the latest:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrapping a disputed design for a planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial near the National Mall and developing an alternate concept over the next five years would cost about $17 million, analysts have found.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office developed the estimate based on a House bill that would have the 14-year-old memorial project redesigned. The current memorial concept by architect Frank Gehry has been criticized by some, including Eisenhower's family, as being "too extravagant" and too "avant-garde."

I don't like it either, but like everything else that crosses the Potomac, it is far too expensive and far too slow. You can see an artist's conception at the red link above.

In the meantime, if you would like to learn about General and President Eisenhower, there is a wonderful museum in his home town of Abilene, Kansas.

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