Fifty-six years ago today, Jan. 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address to the nation. Three days later, on Jan. 20, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as president.
That 72-hour period is the jumpingoff point of Bret Baier’s new book, “Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission.”
Baier, who was in Southwest Florida over the holiday weekend promoting the book, couldn’t have known when he began the project how many parallels he would find between that transfer of power and the one about to take place Friday in Washington, D.C.
But he did know at the outset that he had stumbled onto an underreported moment in American history.
It began in the spring of 2013 when Baier, a Fox News anchor and avid golfer, was invited to play at Augusta National.
“It was the Holy Grail of invites,” he said.
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