As a general, Ike knew his way around a gun. But his proclivity for hunting became a political hot potato when his Democratic opponent in the 1956 presidential campaign, Adlai Stevenson, released a television ad which accused the president of going quail hunting during an international crisis. “The presidency requires leadership not buck passing,” vice presidential candidate Estes Kefauver
warned. But Eisenhower is remembered for telling the U.S. government to put down its guns. “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed,” he famously
said in a 1953 address.