Silent Calvin Coolidge

US president Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) was a man who was easily underestimated. Despite being a very good public speaker, he was a very quiet man in his private life. In fact, he was so private that he had the nickname “Silent Cal”. At a dinner reception, he was once told by another guest that she made a bet with a friend. She then told Coolidge that she bet she could make him say 3 words. Coolidge looked at her for short moment and then replied: “You lose.”


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