Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Calvin Coolidge Is Not a Wristwatch (August 1927)

Here is the poem that I performed at last night's Presidential Smackdown at Radio, from the perspective of Calvin Coolidge, the first president to be captured on film.

Soon after the Coolidge family Calvin Coolidge's 16-year-old son, Calvin Jr, got a blister on his foot from playing tennis without wearing socks. The blister got infected and he died. It's said that President Coolidge never fully recovered from the loss.

He chose not to run for reelection and made the announcement by passing reporters handwritten notes. The announcement inspired this novelty song.

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