On October 12, David Eisenhower, Director of the Institute of Public Service at the Annenberg School, spoke at the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas. He discussed what he called "striking similarities" between the administrations of Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Bill Clinton.
"[Eisenhower] operated as an opposition Republican in a predominantly Democratic era," said Eisenhower. "Likewise, Clinton operated as an opposition Democrat in a largely Republican era. Both led national parties that had fallen on hard times."
He explained that in both administrations, Eisenhower and Clinton repositioned the respective parties according to their own beliefs, preparing the party to move forward. He also pointed out that both Presidents served during an era of peace and prosperity, yet both faced criticism from their own political parties for being too moderate.
David Eisenhower teaches Communication and the Presidency at the Annenberg School, which examines the impact of the "Bully Pulpit" on recent and contemporary national politics. As the Director of the Institute for Public Service, he oversees the Communication in Public Service program for undergraduate students. The Institute also sponsors events and symposia at the Annenberg School.