Of the few politicians that Norman Rockwell openly expressed an opinion of, his genial view of Dwight D. Eisenhower was perhaps the most well-known. Shortly after Eisenhower received the GOP nomination, The Saturday Evening Post flew Rockwell from Vermont to Denver with less than a day’s notice to capture the General’s portrait. The end result was a cover and a three-page article illustrated and written by Rockwell about his meeting with Eisenhower, which essentially served as a personal endorsement of the future president; he even referred to himself in the last sentence as an “Eisenhower worshipper.” Ben Hibbs, then editor of the Post, wrote to Rockwell saying “If Ike is elected, as I think he will be, no small share of the credit should go to Norman Rockwell.”
About Face: Norman Rockwell’s Portraits is now on view at Norman Rockwell Museum.
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