Silent Cal


Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United ...

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Silent Cal, American President Calvin Coolidge.  A quiet, in some ways stereotypical New Englander.

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.

 

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I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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