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George Will / 'Silent Cal' knew value of reticence, brevity

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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:01 am

Before Ronald Reagan traveled the 16 blocks to the White House after his first inaugural address, the White House curator had, at the new president's instruction, hung in the Cabinet room a portrait of Calvin Coolidge. The Great Communicator knew that "Silent Cal" could use words powerfully - 15 of them made him a national figure - because he was economical in their use, as in all things.

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