EISENHOWER, Dwight D. Typed speech script, 3 December 1959. Reading copy of Eisenhower's televised address to the nation on the eve of the President's Goodwill Trip. 23 pages, 4to, with three punch holes at left margin, page number tabs at right edge of each sheet, large-print, extensively marked in grease pencil for speaking emphasis, and several autograph additions in Eisenhower's hand.
"OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN UNJUSTLY DESCRIBED AS ONE PURSUING ONLY MATERIALISTIC GOALS..."
"I leave, in just a few minutes," Eisenhower begins dramatically, "on a three-week journey half way around the world. During the Mission of Peace and Good Will I hope to promote a better understanding of America and to learn more of our friends abroad....Our country has been unjustly described as one pursuing only materialistic goals; as building a culture whose hallmarks are gadgets and shallow pleasures; as prizing wealth above ideals; machines above spirit; leisure above learning; and war above peace. Actually, as our Declaration proclaims, the core of our nation is belief in a Creator who has endowed all men with inalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." America would continue using its economic aid and political goodwill to build alliances and friendship around the world, "until the conference table can replace the battlefield as the arbiter of world affairs." The speech then turns abruptly to the ongoing dispute between labor and management in the steel industry. "We cannot any of us indulge our own desires, our own demands, our own emotions, to the extent of working hardship throughout the country....America needs a settlement, now!"
Eisenhower's travels took him to Rome, Ankara, Karachi, Kabul, New Delhi, Teheran, Athens, Tunis, Paris, and Madrid. Included with this document is a short typed memo initialed "R.M.," from Eisenhower's "speech and television coach," the actor Robert Montgomery, who observed all of Eisenhower's White House speeches and gave him pointers on elocution and presentation. The note reads, in part: "This copy was given top me by the President on his departure from the Cabinet room. He left from the rear of the White House a few minutes later. I accompanied him to the car and wished him God speed."