The Granddaughter of former U.S. President Eisenhower Ms. Mary Jean Eisenhower was invited to attend the opening ceremony of “Hello Mr. President! A Panorama review of R.O.C.-U.S.A. summit diplomacy” special exhibition and the forum “A Retrospective on R.O.C-U.S.A. Friendship” as the Director of People to People International. Ministry of Foreign Affairs especially arranged Mrs. Eisenhower to stay in the “Eisenhower Presidential Suite” at Grand Hotel. Mrs. Eisenhower has expressed her gratitude for this arrangement for her to realize and reminisce the scene in the past time.
Mrs. Eisenhower arrived at the Grand Hotel at 22:30 on September 14th. Accompanied by the receiving staff, Mrs. Eisenhower visited the cultural corridor with many old photographs, and also saw the room furnishings, including a photograph of President Eisenhower and Mme. Chiang, President Eisenhower’s itinerary during his stay in Taiwan, and the thank you card to Grand Hotel from President Eisenhower etc. After Mrs. Eisenhower finished listening to the introduction, she said “My visit to the Grand Hotel is one I will treasure forever. It could not have been more perfect and it was so fun to be in the same suite as my grandfather, 53 years later! ” In addition, we especially compiled the press clippings of President Eisenhower’s visit in 1960 into a book and presented to Mrs. Eisenhower by Chairman Lee Chien-Jong as a gift in order to relive the scene.
President Eisenhower visited Taiwan on June 18th in 1960. Till present, he was the only one who visited Taiwan with the identity of incumbent U.S. President. People extended warm welcome to him. The unprecedented entourage and equipment has become a record and there is no any other president has broken this record until now. At that time, the Grand Hotel had 100 rooms in total. The delegation has occupied 90 rooms. By reviewing previous data, we learned that those colleagues who have served President Eisenhower said he was an easy-going person. His punctual style even made him more admirable. Even the waitress was very impressed about President Eisenhower’s not-niggling style. Although President Eisenhower only stayed one night in the Grand Hotel, he has left a deep and great impression to everyone. Even just a smile or nodding to people, everyone can feel his unique charisma. He liked the elegant room prepared for him very much and appreciated the Chinese painting in the room. He was fond of Chinese food very much and his first meal in Grand Hotel was Chinese cuisine. Although he didn’t use chopsticks very well, that didn’t affect his appetite at all.
According to historical archives, the suite room that President Eisenhower stayed was laid with red carpet. The room was gracefully decorated with roses and red gladiola. There were chrysanthemums paintings and landscape paintings hanging on the walls. Three “call bells” leading to three entourages’ room were prepared so that President Eisenhower could find them at anytime.
53 years have passed since 1960, and the room has been rearranged and redecorated. However, the same style lamp, the copper lamp holder, the white square lampshade are still remained. The thank you card given by President Eisenhower and the picture taken with Mme. Chiang also describe the historical meaning and value of this suite room.