Grapevine: Back to the drawing board for 'Ike' memorial

Eisenhower's family requests redesign of project


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Back to the Drawing Board

The family of late President Dwight Eisenhower wants the designers of a planned memorial in the nation's capital to go back to the drawing board.

It says the current model overemphasizes his Kansas roots and neglects his accomplishments.

The plans call for a life-size statue of a 7-year-old "Ike" surrounded by eight-story-tall pillars that hold up large steel mesh tapestries displaying Kansas scenes and images from his adult life.

The Daily Caller reports, it is not just the family who is unhappy with the plan for the $100 million effort.

Conservative commentator George Weigel calls the project a travesty that was steamrolled through the federal bureaucracy.

And the National Civic Art Society's president says he has not found anyone who likes the design.

On the Job Hunt

Illinois Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky was discussing the Keystone XL pipeline during a radio interview this morning.

The host brought up the amount of direct jobs the project would reportedly create to which Schakowski said this.


REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY, D - IL: 20,000 jobs is really not that many jobs. Investing in green technologies will produce that and -- more.


The current unemployment rate in Illinois is 9.8 percent.

Schakowsky went on to say Republicans would rather have an issue than a pipeline.

Sikh and You Will Find

Finally, Jay Leno's recent joke about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wealth did not register with India's Sikh community.

Leno showed a picture of a gold building joking it was Romney's summer home.

The building is actually the Golden Temple, the holiest site in the Sikh religion.

A lawsuit has apparently been filed against Leno and NBC and a formal complaint from India has been lodged with the State Department.