H.L. Mencken and Will Rogers on President Coolidge
H.L. Mencken and Will Rogers on President Coolidge: Opinions about Calvin Coolidge are without doubt diverse as they are controversial. Political scholar share some basic agreements: Coolidge was a reserved, considerate scholarly person who was sharp witted, exactly the direct opposite of the “people” person most American presidents often are.
H.L. Mencken and Will Rogers on President Coolidge role in reigning in a police strike in Boston almost solely catapulted him to national eminence. Furthermore, there is a general consensus that President Coolidge was extraordinarily quiet, thus his appropriate nickname “Silent Cal”. He also slept a lot.
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Coolidge was popular with the layman but not in Washington. The educated elite, most of whom made the bulk of Mencken’s audience, were contemptuous of Coolidge’s philosophical principles of America. According to Rogers, however, Coolidge did not do anything, but that is exactly what the general American populace wanted done.
Most of his fiercest critics like Mencken termed Coolidge’s era as one awash with smugness and emptiness. In fact, his apparent indifference to American life (or “laziness’) is often quoted as having significantly led to the Great Depression that occurred immediately after his term in office.