By Zachary Harmon, Talon Staff Co-editor
Born on the 4th of July, Calvin Coolidge was the first president to have his inauguration speech broadcasted nationally on the radio. Word count wise, it was twice the length of President Obama’s inauguration speech.
He first became president after Warren Harding died in office. When he ran for re-election, the Republican National Convention that year in Cleveland was known for being one of the least exciting in history. Will Rodgers suggested that the city “open up the churches to liven things up a bit.”
Despite the record setting audience and being heard around the country, he was a notoriously quiet fellow. A brilliant political strategy, really. It would save many politicians, if they just followed Coolidge’s lead, and just kept quiet. He got the nickname “Silent Cal” when a reporter bet that she could get more than two words out of him, and Coolidge replied “You lose.”
I found the way that he chose to announce that he would not be running for re-election in 1928 was extraordinary peculiar. While on vacation he called some reporters into his office and handed them a paper that read “I choose not to run for President in 1928”
His shyness is really a brilliant strategy that those in today’s politics could learn from. Keep that in mind, sometime its just better to be quiet than to talk about everything.
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.