The year was 1857.
The Supreme Court decided that Dred Scott should not sue to become a free citizen, and the White House was a swinging bachelor pad.
That’s right, history buffs. President James Buchanan was not married, so the address for all those late-night hot tub parties was 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. America apparently had enough of beer cans on the lawn and all those loud toga parties that woke up half of Capitol Hill, so every president since has been married at one point or another.
Who would be his first lady?
Thinking it over, the Republican senator told Daily Mail Online: ‘Well, I’ve got a sister, she could play that role if necessary.’
Chuckling, he added: ‘I’ve got a lot of friends. We’ll have a rotating first lady.’
Historically, family members have filled in the FLOTUS role for the aforementioned Buchanan and Grover Cleveland in the late 1880s (who, at the age of 49, married a 21-year-old in office). In fact, Buchanan’s niece, Harriet Lane, filled that First Lady role for him. It worked out for her as she became quite the Washington socialite.
However, this is Graham, so there has to be some way to politicize this, right?
“I’m a social kind of guy,” Graham said. “I think one of the biggest mistakes President Obama made was being a little too distant.”
MEMO to the staunchly conservative (and sexagenarian) Senator: That may not be the way to back up your “family values” cred.
[CC source: Politico]