“America’s present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration; not agitation, but adjustment; not surgery, but serenity; not the dramatic, but the dispassionate; not experiment, but equipoise; not submergence in internationally, but sustainment in triumphant nationality….”
— Warren G. Harding
He soon joined the political ranks himself, serving as state senator then US Senator. In 1920 he became the Republican candidate for President because, as fellow Ohioan Harry Daugherty later explained, “He looked like a President.” [Whitehouse.gov] He won by a landslide.
Republicans in Congress easily got the President’s signature on their bills. They eliminated wartime controls and slashed taxes, established a Federal budget system, restored the high protective tariff, and imposed tight limitations upon immigration. [Ibid]
His administration was rife with cronyism and scandal and led him to say “My…friends…they’re the ones that keep me walking the floors nights!”
Harding died of a heart attack in 1923 while on a trip to San Francisco.
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