On Aug. 6, 1923, Warren G. Harding died suddenly at the age of 57, and with his passing, Vice President Calvin Coolidge ascended to the presidency. The nation’s new chief executive was something of an enigma, but he wanted it that way. Folks didn’t call him “Silent Cal” for nothing.
Would that we could enjoy the same taciturnity today.
It didn’t take long for the quiet Coolidge to win a place in the hearts of the American people with his wry wit and calm manner. In fact, the nation developed something of a love affair with his pithy one-liners.
His most famous, of course, was his dictum that the “business of America is business,” but second to that was an exchange he had one evening at a White House function...