US president Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge used to buzz for his secret service and then would hide under his desk while they frantically searched for him

‘Silent Cal’

Peter Clements evaluates the thirtieth president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge.

‘Calvin Coolidge believed the least government was the best government; he aspired to become the least president the country had ever had; he attained that desire’ (Irving Stone). The man who achieved this back-handed compliment took over as president on the death of Warren Harding, in 1923. He served one term in his own right from 1924 to 1928, and departed the stage before the Wall Street Crash of October 1929 and concomitant depression. Coolidge was entitled to stand for a second term of office in 1928. Some critics have argued he decided not to do so because he saw what was coming. Others have blamed him in part for the depression because he did … Continue Reading (1 minute read)

14 thoughts on “US president Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge used to buzz for his secret service and then would hide under his desk while they frantically searched for him”

  1. discountErasmus

    The man also kept a pet raccoon. It was given to the White House to be eaten for Thanksgiving but he named it Rebecca and fed it eggs.

  2. jftduncan

    Imagine being the secret service agents and having to pretend that you didn’t immediately know that the President was sitting under the desk.

  3. ztwunder

    You’d think they’d learn to check the desk after the fourth or fifth time

  4. wtgriffi

    You can always tell a Milford man.

  5. roushguy

    He once had someone tell him they had bet they could get him to say three words before noon.

    His reply: “You lose.”

  6. NotTheBelt

    “You know, one of these days, we’re not gonna respond! Then you’ll be sorry!”

    “Pffft, that’ll be the day.”

    *the day*

    “Sir, the president trigged the alarm again.”

    “Leave him, I’m not falling for it.”

    *president forced into a van outside the window*

    “I betcha he feels real stupid right now, standing behind the curtain, waiting for us to ‘rescue’ him.”

  7. TheWildGooseberry

    Service Agent, declaring loudly: “Where could he be? We just don’t know.”

    :: excited president giggles ::

  8. cocobellahome

    His mom was tired of shenanigans when he was little. You could always hear her say; “John Calvin Coolidge, better come out or so help me God!”

  9. No-Objective-1710

    Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

    \-Calvin Coolidge

  10. Visassess

    Lol. I like to think they played peekaboo and blew raspberries on his stomach.

  11. Robin_Banks101

    So, they just called him Vin?

  12. Sunnysolaire1

    Oh I forgot to tell you, Calvin Coolidge was a good friend of mine.

  13. yParticle

    “Ninja is in the trees again. Repeat, Ninja… in the _trees_.”

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