The Corner

Coolidge Defense

I don’t know where he gets “stupid” from–Andrew Mellon, “under whom three

presidents served,” was one of the smartest public officials of the 20th

century. I’ll grant “unattractive,” though. With the exception of Charles

Dawes–who, among other things, won the Nobel Peace Prize and wrote the tune

to the song “It’s All in the Gam,” and who cut quite a figure–they were a

stiff crowd.

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