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  • What happened to America under previous ‘hands-off’ presidents? Civil war and financial collapse.

    The Week - 12/05/2016

    To his admirers, like Reagan and the business site CheckWriters, this shows that Coolidge “was no micromanager,” and his famous habit of “empowering his Cabinet officials” meant his “Roaring ’20s White House was never bogged down by process” and therefore “functioned like a well-oiled Model T Ford.” And that was probably true in his first two years, when he vigorously worked to clean up Harding’s scandals and wowed the press with his knowledge and engagement — reporters gave him a standing ovation after his first presidential press conference, says Robert E. Gilbert, a political scientist at Northeastern University.

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