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As discussed by Bill Bryson in “One Summer: America, 1927,” the above verbiage on a piece of paper handed to his secretary was how then-President Calvin Coolidge announced to the world that he would not run for reelection. Unfortunately, I have only listened to the book a couple of times and never read it proper, so I do not have my usual notes on Bryson’s take on the strange wording of the announcement. I’m sure it was funny and insightful, though. Strange, yes … and deliberate also. Interesting.
That brings me to a discussion from earlier today about “a friend” who, on his semiannual visit to his cardiologist, had a discussion about getting the booster for his COVID vaccination. The doctor’s answer was:
“We are not telling people not to get it.”
Now, that might be a slight paraphrase. I do have it on good authority that my friend was not taking notes. It may have been “We are not recommending that people not get it” or something like that. But I suspect the essence of the passage is true in the telling. As it has been related to me, there was some friendly back and forth with other details, but the conversation wrapped up with that. Seems to me a rather strange … yet deliberate and practiced … way of putting it.
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