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Politically Incorrect: 1924

Politically Incorrect: 1924

November 5, 1924. "President & Mrs. Coolidge acknowledge greetings from crowd on morning after election." National Photo glass negative. View full size.


Rob Roy

This is most likely Rob Roy, a white collie. They also had a female white collie named Prudence Prim. Coolidge said:

"Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House."

More here:

Also incorrect in 1924-

Wearing white after Labor Day; still it does look good with white dog fur-


Its easier to 'spin' than the LBJ beagle ears incident.

Another "Silent Cal" story day Cal took a nap on the sofa in the Oval Office. When he woke up, he asked, "Is the country still here?"

On a much sadder note, one of Cal's sons developed a blister playing tennis on the White House tennis court. Blister became infected and the poor kid died. Bummer. The first antibotics were still a few years off.

My favorite "Silent Cal" story

Sweet young thing: "Oh, Mr President! I just bet $100 I could make you say more than two words."

Calvin Coolidge: "You lose."

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