As a child I watched President Eisenhower's farewell speech on a little black and white TV with my parents. We were living in a cool old house at 546 East Spraig Street in in Winston Salem, North Carolina. We were Democrats but that didn't matter because everybody who was an American was an American back then. My teacher had told all us kids to watch it. She voted for Kennedy, but like I said, this was an American President being replaced by an American president.
In that speech, "Ike" warned America of it's greatest enemy, which was a surprise to most of us because we thought he was going to talk about the Soviet Union. It was "Enemies Domestic" that he was most worried about. He was right.