Helen Keller’s Hands-On Meeting With Dwight Eisenhower

Published August 15, 2015
Updated August 7, 2015
Helen Keller Meets Dwight Eisenhower

Image Source: Associated Press

On November 3, 1953, Helen Keller met President Dwight Eisenhower in what was likely the most unique greeting Eisenhower had ever received. Accompanied by Polly Thomson, Keller greeted the president with her hand — except instead of placing it in his hand, Keller went for the face. According to archival footage, Keller did this so that she might “see” him.

Said Keller after she “saw” Eisenhower: “I felt the courage in thought that carried him through such great years of the world’s history.”

Keller and Eisenhower were close friends, and Eisenhower was apparently very impressed with her work during World War II. Watch their meeting in the video below:

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