Watch out for the silent ones! President Calvin Coolidge, known as “Silent Cal”, when informed by a dinner guest that she’d made a bet she could get him to say at least three words, famously said, “You lose.”
And despite his quiet nature, Calvin Coolidge had charm to match his wit.
When asked at what age women are most beautiful, he said, “The age of my wife.”
He’s given credit for the prosperity that defined his Presidency between 1923 and 1928. On April 16, 1928, President Calvin Coolidge spoke before the Daughters of the American Revolution:
“If the American Revolution had one note that was more dominant than another, it was the principle that the people were competent to run their own business and manage their own government. That was the paean of emancipation that rang high and clear through the whole period. It was an appeal for people to emerge from their weakness and their servitude and rely on their own strength and courage to conquer for themselves a place of power and freedom. The determination of the individual to stand alone, unaided and independent, required a high degree of character. The colonies had had enough of aristocracy, of monopoly, and of tryranny, so that they were willing to take their chances with ordered liberty.” *
And President Calvin Coolidge loved to carry one of his cats, Tiger, on his shoulders at The White House. So in honor of President Calvin Coolidge, I’m giving away a copy of Splendid Summer , this red cat print and a $10 book cash certificate that can be used at various stores including Barnes & Noble, Target and Wal-Mart.
To enter, just send your name to firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to this question, What is Grace Wentworth’s aunt’s name? Hint: The answer is in the excerpt to Splendid Summer on this website! U.S. Residents Only. Contest is open until 11:59 p.m. PST on September 5, 2011.
* Thank you to The American Presidency Project for permission to quote from President Calvin Coolidge’s Address Before the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution on their website. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=448#axzz1Wezz0AxU