Have two men ever been less alike than Calvin Coolidge and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino? One was our closed-mouthed 30th president; the other is the big-mouthed star of a silly reality show.
But both were born on the 4th of July. That right there should forever discredit the notion of Zodiac signs. But the larger point is that both are part of the great flag-waving American tapestry.
Let’s celebrate some other American tapestry types born on July 4th:
- Nathaniel Hawthorne (born 1804), author of The Scarlet Letter.
- Ann Landers (born 1918), professional busybody.
- Gina Lollobrigida (born 1927): not American, but she makes me feel like saluting the flag.
- Malia Obama (born 1998), the oldest daughter of President Barack Obama.
Happy birthday to them all, and happy 236th birthday to the United States of America.