1920 presidential election

I have not lost faith in the American people. They have merely been temporarily deceived. They will realize their error in a little while.
—  Woodrow Wilson remarking on the election of Warren G. Harding to Stockton Axson, the brother-in-law of his first wife, on November 3, 1920, the day qfter Harding’s election
Please accept my sincere sympathy.

Message sent by Vice President Thomas Riley Marshall to Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge following Coolidge’s nomination as the 1920 Republican Vice Presidential candidate, June 13, 1920.

Marshall, who served eight years as Woodrow Wilson’s Vice President from 1913-1921, was famous for his humorous quotes and observations, particularly when it came to the insignificance of the Vice Presidency.

Some of Vice President Marshall’s greatest hits:
•"I don’t want to work [after leaving office], but I wouldn’t mind being Vice President again.“
•”[Have you ever heard the story of the man who had two sons?] One went away to sea and drowned, the other was elected Vice President. The poor father died of a broken heart – he never heard from either one afterward.“
•”[Indiana] is the mother of Vice Presidents, home to more second-class men than any other state.“ – Explaining why it made sense that he was from Indiana after his original nomination for Vice President in 1912.
•"The Vice President’s Chamber is adjacent to the Senate Chamber, and so small that to survive it is necessary to keep the door open to obtain the necessary cubic feet of air. When the Vice President is in the room [Capitol tour guides] go by with their guests, stop and point him out, as though he were a curiosity. I stood this for about as long as I could, and then went to the door and said: ‘If you look on me as a wild animal, be kind enough to throw peanuts at me; but if you are really desirous of seeing me, come in and shake hands.’ In that way I think I restored myself to the position I have always desired to occupy; that of an American, who looks up to nobody, looks down on nobody, but tries to keep a conscience clean enough that he can look everybody in the face.” – Anecdote from his autobiography, Thomas R. Marshall: A Hoosier Salad
•"From your only Vice, Thomas R. Marshall" – Inscription that Marshall made in a book about Indiana that he gave to President Wilson.
•"To acknowledge the insignificant influence of the office; to take it in a good-natured way; to be friendly and well disposed to political friend and foe alike, to be loyal to my chief and at the same time not to be offensive to my associates.“ – Marshall’s philosophy about his role as Vice President
•"In the city of Denver, while I was Vice President, a big husky policeman kept following me around until I asked him what he was doing. He said he was guarding my person. I said: 'Your labor is in vain. Nobody was ever crazy enough to shoot as a Vice President. If you will go away and find somebody to shoot at me, I’ll go down in history as the first Vice President who ever attracted enough attention even to have a crank shoot at him.” – Anecdote related by Marshall in his autobiography, Recollections of Thomas R. Marshall: A Hoosier Salad