Meet Susan Eisenhower. She is the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Though she has been a lifelong Republican, she is supporting Senator Barack Obama for President. Read her biography, see photos, and watch a video below.

Susan Eisenhower. Just one of a number of noteable Republicans who swear their allegiance to Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Susan is actively campaigning for Obama this week.

It almost seems like blasphemy to the memory of President Eisenhower — a WW II Hero-General and Republican President – for his own granddaughter not to support Senator John McCain, himself a war hero. Or does it?

In doing a wee bit of research on her reasons for choosing Obama over McCain, I found some interesting history about the election of the General himself, President Eisenhower.

It seems crossover voting may run in their family.

The last time the United States had an open election was 1952. The war was over, the country booming and General Eisenhower was pursued by both political parties eventually becoming the Republican nominee. Despite being a charismatic war hero, he did not have an easy ride to the nomination. He went on to win the presidency — with the indispensable help of a “Democrats for Eisenhower” movement.

It seems these crossover voters were attracted by his pledge to bring “change to Washington” and by the prospect that he would “unify” the nation.

Sound familiar?

Susan Eisenhower Biography

Susan Elaine Eisenhower was born December 31, 1951 in Fort Knox, Kentucky. She is the daughter of John Eisenhower and Barbara Thompson Eisenhower Foltz, and the granddaughter of President Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower.

She was almost eighteen years old when her grandfather died and nearly twenty-eight when her grandmother passed away. For many years they lived on a farm adjacent to her grandparents in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She rode her grandfather’s horses!

Susan is the Chairman of Leadership and Public Policy Programs & Chairman Emeritus of the Eisenhower Institute, a think tank based in Washington, D.C. and in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania associated with Gettysburg College. She has served as the president of the Eisenhower Institute twice, and later as Chairman.

She has provided analysis for CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, the BBC, and all three network morning programs. Over the years she has appeared on many other programs including Nightline, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, This Week with David Brinkley, and CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt.

Although a lifelong member of the Republican Party, Susan Eisenhower broke ranks with her party and endorsed Barack Obama for president of the United States earlier this spring. Later, on August 21, 2008, she announced that she was leaving the Republican Party and becoming an independent.

She spoke on the final day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Her speech was delivered at INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado, and began with, “I stand before you tonight not as a Republican or a Democrat, but as an American.” Of course, the crowd loved it and cheered wildly. The full transcript of her remarks as delivered are on her official website as well as video of her remarks at the Convention.

She was married to space scientist Roald Sagdeev, formerly the director of the Russian Space Research Institute. Despite the end of the marriage several years ago, they remain friends and business partners. She has three daughters from a previous marriage.





Susan Eisenhower on Barack Obama Video