THE PRESIDENCY: The Thirty-First

Imagine seeing a black cat in front of the house, first thing in the morning of the day your husband expects to be elected President of the United States!

Mrs. Hoover went out and caught the cat, took it indoors. After breakfast, she accompanied her husband to a polling place, with their sons and daughter-in-law. They returned to a house full of people, sandwiches, chrysanthemums, telegraph tickers and commotion, to wait and hear how many millions of citizens were voting the way the Hoovers had voted. If Mrs. Hoover thought about the black cat during the day, there was another...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!