Silence Is No Shield To Criticism


President Calvin Coolidge
President Calvin Coolidge

President Calvin Coolidge did not say much, but he certainly caused others to say quite a bit about him. Unfortunately, not all of it was particularly flattering:

  • When Coolidge showed up to take his seat after being elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, one of his new colleagues looked at him and said, “This fellow is either a schoolteacher or an undertaker from the country. I don’t know which.”
  • Alice Roosevelt Longworth described the President’s facial expressions as resembling someone who “had been weaned on a pickle.”
  • His Vermont nasal drawl enabled him to pronounce the word cow in four syllables.
  • Upon receiving news that Coolidge had died, Dorothy Parker asked, “How could they tell?”

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