“One Summer – America 1927”*

*by Bill Bryson (2013).

From May (Chapter III):

“By 1927, Coolidge worked no more than about four and a half hours a day – “a far lighter schedule than most other presidents, indeed most other people, have followed”, as the political scientist Robert E. Gilbert once observed – and napped much of the rest of the time. “No other President in my time,” recalled the White House usher, “ever slept so much.” When not napping, he often sat with his feet in an open desk drawer (a lifelong habit) and counted cars passing on Pennsylvania Avenue.”

From August (Chapter XXI):

“Coolidge was convinced that his role as president was entirely responsible for his son’s death. He wrote in his autobiography, “If I had not been President he would not have raised a blister on his toe, which resulted in blood-poisoning, playing lawn tennis in the South Grounds…I do not know why such a price was exacted for occupying the White House.” ”

Richard Yates: Revolutionary Road (1961):

…The first thing to do, he knew, was to go on inside and say good morning to Jack Ordway, and take off his coat and sit down. He did that, instantly shutting out his view of everything beyond the cubicle walls, and as he settled himself sideways at his desk with his right foot automatically toeing open a lower drawer and using its edge as a foot rest (the pressure of his shoe over the years had worn a little saddle in the edge of that particular drawer), he allowed a slow wave of delight to break over him…”

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