The motorcade of President Eisenhower and
King Zahir Shah en route to Chilsitoon Palace.

Kabul, 1959

Eisenhower’s trip to Afghanistan — the first by an American President — was heralded with great fanfare. Thousands of Afghans lined the road to catch a glimpse of “Ike” and the King as they drove to the palace for meetings and an official luncheon. People waved U.S. and Afghan flags and covered the
motorcade with confetti.

Courtesy of the National Archives Still Picture Unit. 306-HL-PH-EISE-60-3630.


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