National Affairs: New Fowl Roost?

When careful Calvin Coolidge became Vice President, he looked around Washington for a house. But "they were all too small or too large.'' He had two boys in school. His salary ($15,000) was almost his only income. Living beyond his income was inconceivable. So he availed himself of the New Willard Hotel's natural eagerness to shelter a Vice President and took a suite there at satisfactory terms. "Any other course for me," he later wrote, "would have been cut short by the barnyard philosophy of my father, who would have contemptuously referred to...

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