The Politics of Normalcy



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The Politics of Normalcy
The contrast between the aged, sickly Woodrow Wilson and the robust Warren Harding was proof enough that a new era had arrived. But there was more. Harding was the first president to have his inauguration speech amplified through loudspeakers. After speaking, he walked to the Senate to personally nominate his cabinet members. No president had done that since George Washington. On entering the White House, he opened the front gates, raised the blinds, and welcomed the public. Ordinary Americans had not been allowed on the White House grounds since the beginning of World War I.


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