THE PRESIDENCY: The Coolidge Week: May 14, 1928

¶ What is a sea elephant? President Coolidge knew all about the land elephant, which is the symbol of his political party: the largest of land animals, herbivorous, mammalian, ungulate, with a flexible proboscis, exaggerated incisors (tusks), rudimentary tail. But what is a sea elephant; mammal or fish? President Coolidge said he did not know and when John Ringling, who was in Washington with his circus, called at the White House and said his sea elephant weighed four tons. President Coolidge went to see for himself. Mrs. Coolidge, in summery white hat,...

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