Calvin Coolidge is rarely mentioned in the presidential histories. He led during a time of relative peace and contentment, with little temptation to activism or seeking a name for himself. If only we were cursed with more such administrations as that of so-called “silent Cal.”
In public, Coolidge was known for his reserve. His wife recounted a lady challenging him at a social event, saying she’d bet she could make him say more than two words to her. “You lose,” the president is said to have replied.
And yet, the chief executive is known to have had long, private discussions with the press, even soliciting their suggestions on the issues of the day. The record shows that, when asked to sum up his presidency, he replied:
“Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.”
Silent Cal for ’12!!