After President Taft’s tight spot in the bathtub, the most notable anecdote from my high school history class involved President Calvin Coolidge, nicknamed Silent Cal. It’s featured on the White House biography:
His wife, Grace Goodhue Coolidge, recounted that a young woman sitting next to Coolidge at a dinner party confided to him she had bet she could get at least three words of conversation from him. Without looking at her he quietly retorted, “You lose.”
Brevity can be tough, but it is a must for a producer trying to get a pod on Current TV. According to Wikipedia, Al Gore’s cable network solicits roughly 30% of its content from viewers, which show up as short segments called pods. Viewers can produce bite-sized documentaries, editorials (note: adult language), and some show up on television. It may even help train future presidents to be succinct.
(Note: I chose to feature Huckabee because his statement was in contrast to my bias about him.)