Harding and Coolidge: What do we want from our President?

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Harding and Coolidge: What do we want from our President?

  1. 1. What do we want from our Presidents?
  2. 2.  Skeptical  Worried what government would get “us” into  Isolationist  Did not want to be part of European affairs  Conservative   Wanted things to be stable Conservative serge vs. Progressive backlash
  3. 3.  Many occupations early in life Teacher, insurance salesman, lawyer (none of which he liked)  Did like the town of Marion, Ohio    Enjoyed playing in the town band, roller skating (a new craze at the time) and playing poker (while drinking) Newspapers  Was part owner and editor of the Marion Star Suffered from a series of nervous breakdowns and visited the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan  Was married to Florence Kling in 1891 (without her father’s permission – he hated Harding)   Allegedly had a fifteen year affair with his friend’s wife
  4. 4.  In 1914 won the election for the Senate   Was considered a “flip-flopper” Had trouble with the battle over prohibition   Was the Dark Horse candidate in 1920   Liked to Drink, but also wanted to get elected “Their ain’t any first-raters this year.” – Frank Brandegee on the candidates for President in 1920 Harding won the presidency despite:    reports of blackmail from former lovers heavy drinking in a time of prohibition a past of nervous breakdowns and times spent in the asylum
  5. 5.  Governor of Massachusetts  “There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, a nytime.”  Man   of few words Sort of Actually talked quite a bit when he wanted to, but kept a personal persona of keeping quite.
  6. 6.  What was likeable about Harding?  What was the “Teapot Dome Scandal?”  What is meant by the phrase, “A man who builds a factory builds a temple. A man who works there, worships there?”  What is your view of the statement by the historian who said, “He (Harding) got along with the Senate, he was good with the budget, and I would ask, what more do you want?”  What type of leadership do we want from our Presidents?

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