Notes as Vice President, 1928-1929

Notes as Vice President, 1928-1929

Notes as Vice President, 1928-1929

Notes as Vice President, 1928-1929

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Evanston, Illinois, June 27, 1928.

I HAVE finally determined to keep some notes while I occupy my present office. Contemporaneous comment on facts is almost always the most valuable. What one may write after an event is a recollection of it -- not an observation. One's recollections, too, may be confused by later events.

However, since I have been neglectful in writing during the first three years of my service as Vice President, a natural desire to make some permanent record of it will lead me in the first part of this new journal to comment upon the past and the present together.

My experiences in this office I have found far from uninteresting and unimportant. The superficial attitude of indifference which many public men assume toward the office of Vice President of the United States is easily explained. It is the office for which one cannot hope to be a candidate with sufficient prospects for success to justify the effort involved in a long campaign. One's political availability for nomination to the position cannot be determined until the nominating convention has in effect decided upon the head of the ticket.

Geographic considerations -- sectional political situations which continually change, combined with the . . .

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