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I Do Not Choose to Run

After President Calvin Coolidge issued his famous “I do not choose to run” statement, he was besieged by reporters seeking a more detailed statement.

One, more persistent than his fellows, badgered Mr. Coolidge. “Exactly why don’t you want to be President again?” he asked.

Coolidge looked him squarely in the eye. “Because,” he replied, “there’s no chance for advancement.”

Bits & Pieces, June 25, 1992