Monday, February 17, 2020

Presidents Day 2020

Calvin Coolidge A.K.A. The Sphinx of the Potomac or Silent Cal, became president upon the death of Warren G. Harding*. He is known for restoring trust in the presidency as the many scandals caused by the unethical dealings of Harding and his inner circle came to light. Although his reputation as a man of few words comes from the numerous parties he had to attend as vice president, he is quoted as saying "The words of a president have enormous weight, and ought not to be used indiscriminately."

President Coolidge was a snappy dresser, as well. He preferred big hats and double-breasted suits. Taking this year's photo was a good chance to take advantage of a boldly-printed vintage tie and a rarely-used chapeau. This year I also enlisted my barber's help in achieving the Calvin Coolidge look. 
This is a presidential look I can only dream of pulling off.

In learning more about our 30th president, I came across a number of interesting facts and amusing photos. Some of the best are collected in the Thrillist article "Calvin Coolidge: Best President Ever"

If you're new to my Presidents' Day tradition (or just can't get enough of it), check out photos from past years.
2019 George H.W. Bush
2018 Richard Nixon
2017 Grover Cleveland
2016 Ulysses S. Grant
2012 - 2015 Lincoln, Arthur, Hayes, Taft, Garfield, and Theodore Roosevelt

*My Warren G. Harding photo will require a live elephant. If you have access to one, please contact me immediately.