Senator Thaddeus Caraway of Arkansas expressed his resentment: "I venture to say that if a similar disaster had affected New England the President would have had no hesitation in calling an extra session. Unfortunately he was unable to visiualize the situation."
Senator Caraway was proven wrong when floods tore through Vermont, the state where Coolidge had spent his childhood. Calls for him to visit grew in intensity, and still the President did not visit.
One Vermonter put it this way: "He can't do for his own, you see, more than he did for the others."
New England and the South had to recover on their own, without federal intervention, without Coolidge stepping in with presidential privilege.