White House Physician

Mamie Eisenhower

There was a frequent rumor during Dwight Eisenhower’s long service as military commander and as president that his wife Mamie was a drunk. Mrs. Eisenhower was often seen as unsteady on her feet when standing up and walking, and as a result, it was concluded that she used alcohol to pass away her time. However, the cause of her unsteadiness was medical, not alcohol. Mamie was a long term sufferer from Meniere’s Disease, a chronic condition that affects the balance center of the inner ear.

White House Physician