BREAKFAST WITH COOLIDGE
I don’t think I ever would have had breakfast with President Calvin Coolidge and Al Jolson, Charlotte Greenwood and the Dolly Sisters at the White House if a Democratic ex-Police Commissioner of New York, Rhinelander Waldo, had not wanted to be Governor of the Philippines.
Waldo retained us to further a Non-Partisan League for Coolidge. He thought this activity would help secure the job. He asked me to suggest a newsworthy group to visit the White House to dramatize Coolidge’s “warm, sympathetic personality” to the country—one that would counteract Alice Roosevelt Longworth’s widely quoted quip that Coolidge was “weaned on a pickle.”
The American public accepted this quip as the truth, because they had no reason ...