THE MOCKING OF THE PRESIDENT

— Told that Calvin Coolidge had died, Dorothy Parker asked, “How can they tell?”

Time was, however, when a humorist did not take on a president lightly. Mock George Washington? Other than wooden teeth, where would you start? Start with a print of Washington riding into the nation’s capital on an ass. Leading the ass was aide David Humphrey, hence the caption: “The glorious time shall come to pass/when David shall conduct an ass.”

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