Thursday, June 7, 2012
A member of President Barack Obama's cabinet is taking a direct interest in helping to resolve a dispute over the design of a national memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower, likely delaying the project beyond the summer.
Interior Department spokesman Adam Fetcher said Thursday that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has expressed interest in viewing models of architect Frank Gehry's design with the key parties involved. No meeting has been set, but Salazar could hold discussions about how the memorial project in the nation's capital could move forward.
Eisenhower's family has objected to the design.
Memorial commission members Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye and Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts say they will work with the Interior Department but hope to avoid excessive delays.