“Silent Barack” Will Never Happen, But Maybe Ought To

I was reading through The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge this morning in connection with one of my ongoing projects, and came across two thoughts of his that have probably never occurred to The One:

“It is a great advantage to a President, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know that he is not a great man.  When a man begins to feel that he is the only one who can lead in this republic, he is guilty of treason to the spirit of our institutions.”


“A President cannot, with success, constantly appeal to the country.  After a time he will get no response.”

Maybe “Silent Cal” was on to something.