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Old 01-22-2019, 08:48 PM
 
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The New York Times prints little excerpts of news items from decades past, and recently there was this from 1933:

Coolidge dies suddenly in his Northampton home

Then they went on to note the commentary, mentioning that he devoted much time to reading, especially about constitutional law, quoting the original as saying President Coolidge was "quiet and determined, not given to display or parade" and "did not create situations, but rather met them as they arose."

And it's funny because, as with John McCain's funeral, you can assume they're making a point about Trump's failings, by comparison.
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Old 01-22-2019, 09:29 PM
 
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You have to wonder if the op has anyone in their life to spend time with, to care about, to talk to, to think about? Trump is the opís life!
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Old 01-22-2019, 09:30 PM
 
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You have to wonder if the op has anyone in their life to spend time with, to care about, to talk to, to think about? Trump is the opís life!
I've never once wondered any of that... I think it's pretty obvious.
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Old 01-22-2019, 09:32 PM
 
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The New York Times prints little excerpts of news items from decades past, and recently there was this from 1933:

Coolidge dies suddenly in his Northampton home

Then they went on to note the commentary, mentioning that he devoted much time to reading, especially about constitutional law, quoting the original as saying President Coolidge was "quiet and determined, not given to display or parade" and "did not create situations, but rather met them as they arose."

And it's funny because, as with John McCain's funeral, you can assume they're making a point about Trump's failings, by comparison.
Um, there was no way in which McCain could be considered to have acted better than Trump. He was a truly evil man who was as awful in person as he was from a distance, so the media would have nothing to work with and presumably just made up lies out of whole cloth. Coolidge, however, was possibly the best President ever, so, yes, he would compare favorably to Trump in many respects.
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:26 PM
 
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I knew it was going to circle back around to Trump.
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:45 PM
 
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What the article said was simply true. If you don't know anything about Coolidge, he may have lived and died in Northampton MA, but he was a typical old time Vermonter: a man of few words. That's what he was famous for.

One of his most famous quotes was supposedly when someone bet that he wouldn't say three words. His answer was, "You lose."

Google Calvin Coolidge quotes if you want some examples of this man's clever, dry wit.

Anyway, back to Trump...
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Old Yesterday, 02:35 AM
 
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Silent Cal was the polar opposite of Trump, and wasn't much like any of the other Presidents of the 20th century.

He was elected as VP, and assumed the Presidency when Warren Harding suddenly died, and was re-elected on his own though he didn't bother with campaigning, except from his front porch.

While a man of very few words, he was known mostly for taking quick action when it was necessary. I think he became a popular as he was because he was such a contrast to Harding, whose Presidency was one of the most scandalous and corrupt ever.

Harding apparently relied on his looks; the voters thought he looked very Presidential, and he was very popular until the scandals became known over the course of his Presidency. He fathered an illegitimate child while in office, but that only came out after his death.

Coolidge cleaned out the corruption Harding left, and that may have been the reason why he won another term of his own.

The 1920s were a strange time in the United States.
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Old Yesterday, 02:39 AM
 
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Coolidge was known as "silent cal". He was became reclusive and quiet thanks to his son's death. His death in 1933 made Herbert Hoover the only living ex-President until Eisenhower's inauguration.

During his Presidency, Coolidge pushed to make lynching a federal crime, but failed to get it through Congress. This past December, the Senate finally passed such a law.

Coolidge supported federal child labor laws while his Democratic opponent opposed them.
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Old Yesterday, 03:56 AM
 
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What the article said was simply true. If you don't know anything about Coolidge, he may have lived and died in Northampton MA, but he was a typical old time Vermonter: a man of few words. That's what he was famous for.

One of his most famous quotes was supposedly when someone bet that he wouldn't say three words. His answer was, "You lose."

Google Calvin Coolidge quotes if you want some examples of this man's clever, dry wit.

Anyway, back to Trump...
That's why they called him "Silent Cal". He was a man of few words, but had a great self-effacing sense of humor, and didn't mind being poked fun at.

Groucho Marx once addressed Coolidge, who was sitting in the audience watching his show. "Isn't it past your bedtime, Calvin?

He once asked a dinner guest, dead pan, what Mrs. Coolidge's recipe for pie crust would be worth for road construction.

President and Mrs. Coolidge endured the worst tragedy a parent can experience while in the White House...their sixteen-year-old son Calvin Jr. died of blood poisoning from an infected blister he acquired playing tennis on the White House courts.

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Old Yesterday, 06:02 AM
 
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Um, there was no way in which McCain could be considered to have acted better than Trump. He was a truly evil man who was as awful in person as he was from a distance, so the media would have nothing to work with and presumably just made up lies out of whole cloth. Coolidge, however, was possibly the best President ever, so, yes, he would compare favorably to Trump in many respects.
Proof their is fandom for the heinous.
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