Good morning, Whitewater.
Midweek in town will bring a one-third chance of thunderstorms and a high of eighty-six. Sunrise is 5:49 AM and sunset 8:11 PM, for 14h 22m 08s of daytime. The moon is new today, with .4% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1923, John Calvin Coolidge becomes president:
John Calvin Coolidge Jr.… July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933) was the 30th President of the United States (1923–29). A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor of that state. His response to the Boston Police Strike of 1919 thrust him into the national spotlight and gave him a reputation as a man of decisive action. Soon after, he was elected as the 29th vice president in 1920 and succeeded to the presidency upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in 1923. Elected in his own right in 1924, he gained a reputation as a small-government conservative, and also as a man who said very little, although having a rather dry sense of humor.
Coolidge restored public confidence in the White House after the scandals of his predecessor’s administration, and left office with considerable popularity. As a Coolidge biographer wrote, “He embodied the spirit and hopes of the middle class, could interpret their longings and express their opinions. That he did represent the genius of the average is the most convincing proof of his strength.” Coolidge’s retirement was relatively short, as he died at the age of 60 in January 1933, less than two months before his direct successor, Herbert Hoover, left office.
Not perfect – to be sure – but good (in more than one sense), at a time when (as now) good was & would be more than enough.
Here is the Wednesday puzzle from JigZone: