Happy Birthday to James Buchanan, Our First Gay President (Possibly): 5 Odd Facts
Of course you are. There are so many reasons to celebrate, like these five:
5. Some people believe he IS NOT the worst president ever, so take that!!
Whenever a new survey of scholars comes out assessing best and worst presidents, it's a mano a mano duel between Buchanan and Warren G. Harding to see who's on the bottom. Sometimes Buchanan "wins," sometimes Harding.
Remember: It can be just as difficult to be the absolute worst at something as the absolute best. There's always someone out there willing to suck just a little bit more at the job. So both Buchanan and Harding, linked forever in their suckitude, deserve some credit.
4. He wrote the first presidential memoir
It was called, thrillingly, Mr. Buchanan's Administration on the Eve of the Rebellion. From an Amazon review: "Buchanan writes in a very lawyerly style, in long rambling and convoluted sentences that run on for full paragraphs. He always refers to himself in the third person. I guess my point is that reading this book can be very laborious."
Get it on Kindle!!
3. His birthplace is marked by a big pyramid
Because, ummm, why the hell not? The Buchanan Birthplace is isolated and difficult to get to, but it's more than worth the trip: "Recreation facilities are limited. There are two pavilions and a number of picnic tables. Drinking water and two restrooms are located near the picnic area," according to wiki, and we think all three of those sentences should have exclamation points.
Don't get too wild on your visit, though: According to the official site, "Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited."
When you can't afford a Sphinx.