National Affairs: Looking Back

"Calvin Coolidge was an odd fish in the White House."

Begun and completed in the past tense was the article William Allen White of Emporia, Kan., wrote about President Coolidge in the August (1928) Plain Talk. Excerpts:

"He was peculiarly Yankee, a blue-bellied, Vermont Yankee to the core. He had exhibited absolutely no initiative. He had spoken no memorable phrase. ... He played no poker, drank no liquor, made few friends. And Mrs. Coolidge, who had come with him from the duplex apartment in Northampton, Massachusetts, for which they had been paying twenty-seven dollars a month all their married life, and who moved...