Calvin Coolidge, the Man Who Is President

By William Allen White | Go to book overview

CHAPTER XIV
THE CORONATION AND THE REVOLT OF THE BARONS

The nomination of President Calvin Coolidge as a candidate for President was not a foregone conclusion when he entered the White House. Indeed, during the first few weeks or perhaps the first few months of his incumbency, certain conservative Republican leaders affected to assume that Coolidge would not aspire to the Presidential nomination. There was a general air of patronizing condescension toward the new President. Congress met in December, 1923, for its long session. The President's message at that session was not inspiring, yet it was dignified and explicit. But dignity and clarity are not qualities which in themselves produce leadership. The Senate of the United States during the Harding administration had been taking leadership away from the White House, more or less with the President's consent, if not with his actual connivance. The senatorial group which controlled the Republican National Convention of 1920 was in control of government. It could make no terms with the White House when Coolidge came there as Presi-

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