It would seem that Newsweek’s latest cover showing President Obama with a rainbow halo declaring him ‘The First Gay President’ is not merely attention-grabbing but historically inaccurate too.
Critics and history buffs, quick to scorn the sensationalist cover, have pointed out that James Buchanan was likely the first homosexual President more than a century ago.
Rumours about Buchanan’s sexuality have circulated with historians determining that the fifteenth leader of the U.S was gay – and that the nation knew it.
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‘There can be no doubt that James Buchanan was gay, before, during and after his four years in the White House. Moreover, the nation knew it, too — he was not far into the closet,’ historian Jim Loewen wrote on History News Network in response to the news magazine’s daring cover.
Loewen points to a letter that Buchanan wrote to Mrs Roosevelt on May 13, 1844.
In the missive Buchanan describes his loneliness after his great love, Alabama senator William Rufus King, moves to Paris to become the ambassador to France.
Buchanan wrote: ‘I am now “solitary and alone,” having no companion in the house with me. I have gone a wooing to several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with any one of them. I feel that it is not good for man to be alone; and should not be astonished to find myself married to some old maid who can nurse me when I am sick, provide good dinners for me when I am well, and not expect from me any very ardent or romantic affection.’
Buchanan, who was in the White House from 1857 to 1861, was the only president who remained a life-long bachelor.
Before becoming president, Buchanan lived with King for 15 years in Washington DC. King served as Vice President under Franklin Pierce but died shortly after Pierce came into office – four years before Buchanan took over.
There is little correspondence between the two men for historians to pour over, as the men’s nieces largely destroyed it.
Buchanan’s niece, Harriet Lane, served as the Lady of the White House.
‘I WASN’T SURE HIS VIEWS ON MARRIAGE COULD GET ANY GAYER’: RAND PAUL MOCKS OBAMA’S LANDMARK GAY MARRIAGE ANNOUNCEMENT
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, son of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, on Friday mocked Barack Obama’s recent statements on gay marriage.
Senator Paul was speaking at the 12th annual meeting of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a Christian conservative non-profit that opposes same-sex marriage, in Iowa.
‘The president recently weighed in on marriage and you know he said his views were evolving on marriage,’ Senator Paul said.
‘Call me cynical, but I wasn’t sure his views on marriage could get any gayer.’
His comments came just two days after President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, which he had previously opposed.
Senator Paul’s ‘joke’ received more than a few chuckles from his chosen audience so he continued on his course of blasting the president.
‘He said the biblical golden rule caused him to be for gay marriage,’ Paul said.
‘I’m like, what version of the Bible is he reading?’
Senator Paul repeatedly used the word ‘sin’ in reference to the topic.
‘We understand sin and we understand that people sin,’ he said.
He argued that it one doesn’t have to resort to ‘hateful dogma’ to preserve ‘traditions.’
‘Beyond religion, there’s stability in the family unit,’ he said. ‘We shouldn’t just give up on it.’
He used the opportunity to claim that the country was in the midst of a ‘spiritual crisis’ and that the nation required ‘leaders beyond your political leaders’.
Video: Obama talks about marriage for same-sex couples
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