Typewritten Letter Signed, one and one-half pages, quarto, Augusta, Georgia, December 30, 1953. On White House stationery, to Lewis Strauss, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, D.C.
Dwight D Eisenhower voices his clear centrist political agenda: “As 1953 comes to an end I have the impulse to attempt, once again, to give you some faint indication of my very deep sense of obligation for the extraordinary services you have rendered during the past year. Likewise, I feel a desire to express my intense personal satisfaction that you are to be with me in your important post as we move on into the critical tasks of 1954. Governmental accomplishments of this past year will, as time places them in proper perspective, be recognized and appreciated as contributions of lasting worth to our country. Your part was a vital one in the writing of this record.
“In a very definite sense, however, the Administration’s work in 1953 has necessarily included a vast amount of survey activity. As the New Year begins, much of this exploratory work is behind us; the time has come for clear cut, determined action in setting this nation on a moderate but definite course-avoiding the extremes of both Right and Left, but always steadily pushing ahead along the broad Center-where there is room for all men of good will.
“In your post as chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, you will have a major role to play in assuring that our common purpose of sustaining maximum individual freedom and responsibility is not only woven better into the laws of the land, but that there will be no deviation from the goal of helping every American to achieve constantly rising standards of health, education and prosperity.
“My confidence that all this will come to pass is complete-for the simple reason that you and our associates in government continue in their dedication to the task. With the Happiest of New Years to you and yours. ”
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