George Will makes me heart Calvin Coolidge

Will wrote about Calvin Coolidge today (a welcome respite from his usual whining) and offered this anecdote:

When President and Mrs. Coolidge were being given simultaneous but separate tours of a chicken farm, Grace asked her guide whether the rooster copulated more than once a day. “Dozens of times,” she was told. “Tell that to the president,” she said.

When told, Coolidge asked, “Same hen every time?” When the guide said, “A different one each time,” the president said: “Tell that to Mrs. Coolidge.”

And this was Coolidge too:

In 1924, after the lingering illness and death of his 16-year-old son from blood poisoning, Coolidge demonstrated . . . the eloquence of reticence: “When he was suffering he begged me to help him. I could not.”

Two small glimpses into the inner life of a man I’ve never even been curious about – he sounds worth knowing.

10 responses to “George Will makes me heart Calvin Coolidge

  1. Ah Coolidge is the perfect president for Will — he said almost nothing. Will would prescribe that for Obama if he could.


    • Most Americans, and not a few Liberals, would prescribe a course of silence for Obama. Words that have little meaning or meanings far removed from what seems to be clearly said accomplish little of any worth.

      But Pres. Coolidge was originally described as the “Strong, silent man.”

      He might have become a fine POTUS for his times but his son’s death destroyed him inside, a fact that I would hold against no man or woman.


      • Funny thing is that more people actually voted for Obama. So I’m afraid your logic is a little bit one sided in your view of what “Most Americans” want.


        • The “funny” thing is that more people voted AGAINST Romney or stayed home on election day as was his and the Dems’ campaign plan and a well-executed one at that. How many voted FOR Obama is probably a lot less as there was little or nothing in the boy to support or get behind…except for those who just refused, come what may, to let a Black be a 1 term POTUS.

          All that is immaterial though and has nothing to do with people wanting Obama to spend less time talking, which is what I was speaking of.


    • @ Elyse,

      George Will, a man who never uses a plain word when a pedantic one is at hand, could use a big dose of Coolidge himself.


  2. @ Moe,

    Terse. Succinct. Good.


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