Calvin Coolidge, the Man Who Is President

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CHAPTER XV
THE PRESIDENCY RETURNS TO THE CONSTITUTION

President Calvin Coolidge's first inaugural address was a short, businesslike document. In it the new President emphasized economy and tax reduction as a domestic problem and the entrance to the World Court as America's first duty abroad. This issue of economy is somewhat a matter to be settled by administration. Tax reduction is a legislative function. And of course our entrance into the World Court depends upon the United States Senate. But throughout the address it was the administrator unconsciously talking to the American people, not the legislative leader. Clearly, President Coolidge had no elaborate domestic legislative program. Obviously he was trying to let administration catch up with legislation.

Senator Charles Curtis, of Kansas, riding at the head of the inaugural procession down Pennsylvania Avenue with President Coolidge to the Capitol, March 4, 1925, rode as official Senate leader of the Republican Party, second in command in the United States government. The stark pine platforms along the path of glory had not been removed before

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