Press Conference, July 27, 1928

Date: July 27, 1928

Location: Superior, WI

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I don’t know just what the State Department is planning as to a recognition of the Chinese Nationalist Government. Those details are in their hands and they haven’t sent me any information about it. I suppose that making the treaty with a government usually, if not necessarily, constitutes a recognition of that government. It might not, but generally does.
There isn’t anything new that I can say about Mr. Hoover’s stay in the Cabinet. It is likely to be terminated almost any time.

I don’t know just what the plans of the State Department are, either, as to the early conclusion of the peace treaties. I haven’t any idea whether there will be any opposition to the treaties in the Senate. There’s usually some opposition there to everything, but I understood that the responsible leadership of both parties in the Senate had been participating in these treaty matters and that the action of the State Department had their approval.

I haven’t any speech making program for the rest of my administration. The President is called on to speak at casual occasions, such as I am doing up here – the little address I am making at Cannon Falls. If I go down to Wausau I shall probably make a short speech there. Things of that kind constantly come up. The occasion at Wausau is the State Convention of the Wisconsin Legion.

Question: Do you recall the date?

President: That is the 13th, isn’t it, Mr. Sanders?

Mr. Sanders: I think it is.

President: About that time. Occasions of that kind are constantly arising, so that the general plan of the President is to avoid making speeches, rather than to lay out a plan for the purpose of making them. What I mean by that is that the Pressure on the President to make speeches is so great that he doesn’t have to lay out any plan to make speeches. He has to make those that seem necessary as the occasion arises.

Any trip to the Yellowstone Park is very improbable. Since I commented on it at the press conference the other day I have looked up and find we are only about half way up there. It would take a trip of about 36 hours to reach there. It would be a rather long and tiresome trip and while the park is an exceedingly interesting place and is a location I should be delighted to visit as often as I could, having been there last year I doubt if it would be possible for me to receive a visit there this year.

Citation: Calvin Coolidge: Remarks by the President to Newspaper Correspondents

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