Inauguration Day

This blog -when it descends from the lofty heights of Coolidge scholarship into the dense fog of contemporary politics- is often critical of the current incumbent, but as the world looks towards Washington, D.C. today Jan. 21, 2013, for Barack Obama’s second inauguration, we wish him good luck and Godspeed in conducting the administration of the government these coming four years to the benefit of all.

By way of contrast to today’s pomp and circumstances, here’s a link to a segment filmed by CBS News right in Plymouth Notch, VT, to remind viewers of the memorable and unique midnight swearing-in of Calvin Coolidge. It features the spectre of Calvin Coolidge himself (impeccably impersonated by Jim Cooke, Coolidge scholar, as well as frequent and valued commenter on this blog):

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50139338n

Calvin Coolidge onstage

Watch our very own Calvin Coolidge onstage, as portrayed by frequent and knowledgeable commenter Jim Cooke, in a presentation of “Reagan’s Heroes” at the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies.

Calvin Coolidge, aka Jim Cooke, is -you guessed it- third from right

As one of Reagan’s Heroes, Coolidge is joined onstage by, and interacts with,  Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy… and of course, Ronald Reagan “himself”.