Happy Birthday to James Buchanan, Our First Gay President (Possibly): 5 Odd Facts

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Happy Birthday, Big Jim!
We doubt you're reading this, since you are out wildly celebrating the 221st birthday of President James Buchanan.

Aren't you?

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."

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When you can't afford a Sphinx.


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11 comments
Captain Commander
Captain Commander

In the 1800s, men sharing beds was a common occurrence.

In fact, the only difference between Buchanan and Lincoln was that Lincoln was married.

And Lincoln was actually competent as President.

Marylou Collins
Marylou Collins

We all know the WORST president was George W Bush...

Tunnel Mole
Tunnel Mole

I hear he put the "Buch" in "Buchanan." Not that there's anything wrong with his presidency....

David Houston
David Houston

Weird but interesting coincidence is that he has 'gay hair'.  You know that sticky up/moussed up peaked in the middle, Tin-Tin, hair-style that a lot of young gay men had for 10 minutes a couple of years back.  Raises the question should he be credited for inventing that hair-style.

David Houston
David Houston

Maybe they should have a National Pride day on this day, and a Rainbow Flag flying holiday for the rest of us! Picture a Rainbow Flag flying at the White House!

VivaLaGalgo
VivaLaGalgo

It's been said that Lincoln and Hitler were gay too, based on their writings and some of the company they kept.  Abe, I dunno. But Hitler? Possibly. I mean just look at those Nazi uniforms. Fabulous military style. Had to have been designed by  a gay man with a uniform fetish. 

Wyatt
Wyatt

Why burn the letters if they weren't full of GAY!

Katy
Katy

I got all the way to work and THEN read this article.

Now I have to turn around and go back home.

I ain't working on National Buchanan Day.

Captain Commander
Captain Commander

Nope. The worst President was William Henry Harrison, since he died within two months of being elected.

Or maybe that makes him the best...?

David Houston
David Houston

He stole that whole wardrobe idea from Mussolini's Italian Fashion House, hmm how's that any different from what goes on today on the catwalks of Milan and Berlin?  Fashion with a touch of S&M. Yep, definitely gay eye for a straight man...

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