He isn’t a President you think of often. I was watching a History Channel series on the Presidents, that’s how this first came up.
I read Dennis Lehane‘s fictionalized account about the 1919 Boston Police Strike, when Coolidge was the Governor of Massachusetts. Coolidge put down the strike, because he saw it as an attack on the public order.
I also thought of Coolidge because of what was said in the last episode summing up the series I was watching on the Presidents. With our twenty-four hour media cycle, and the Internet, a President is never really off duty.
Therefore, I pondered this. What if Calvin Coolidge, Silent Cal were President today? On the one hand, he would give the media little to chew on. Can you imagine the interview? “What do you plan to do as President about the Newtown school shooting?” “You’ll find out.” He hasn’t spoken out of turn, or given you anything to chew on.
Or will the opposite happen? Everyone will think he is secretive and will be suspicious of him. Then again, in our modern culture, he probably wouldn’t be elected.
- Calvin Coolidge on Persistence & Determination (christianpf.com)
- ON THE PAGE FOR HER NEW BOOK, Amity Shlaes talks with Paul Volcker about Calvin Coolidge. Volcker: … (pjmedia.com)
- Coolidge Gets a New Look (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- Portraits: Calvin Coolidge (mowryjournal.com)