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Charles Mahan


Charles S. Mahan (1938- )
Religion Incognito
Entry in the West Virginia Scholastic Art Competition, March 1955
Used by permission of Charles Mahan

President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a retired World War II General and a very popular president, so it was hard for Democrats to get much traction in criticizing him. Senator Neely, a long-time Democratic Congressman from West Virginia, frustrated by Ike's popularity, tried in vain to tarnish his reputation by saying publicly that he and Mamie only went to church every Sunday "for show," not because they were in any way religious people. The American people met this with ridicule.