May 03, 2004

Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Some tidbits from Calvin Coolidge's inauguration:

1. Coolidge ascended to the Presidency when Warren Harding died. Before his inauguration in 1925, he took a few moments to sign bills into law. He hesitated over one of them however--a bill raising the pay for congressmen. He planned to address government spending in his inaugural address. Finally at 11:56 he signed the bill.

2. Former president William Howard Taft administered the Oath of Office.

3. Coolidge's inauguration was the first to be broadcast on radio.

4. Coolidge opted not to have an inaugural ball.

5. During the parade, Coolidge demonstrated little interest and appeared indifferent to the marchers--who in turn seemed to lose all enthusiasm for the event. After the parade, the president had a snack and took a nap.

Posted by Jennifer at May 3, 2004 09:18 AM