Was Ulysses S. Grant a Nevernude?
The President of the United States is often referred to as the leader of the free world or the most powerful [wo]man on the planet. And with great power comes great secrets.
Whether for national security or personal privacy, the president is often aware of some of the country’s–and indeed the world’s–top secrets. After all, there is tons of information the government understands should never fall into the hands of the public (or of other governments). It’s for this very reason that so many people don’t trust the government in the first place.
The highest levels of our nation’s leaders are steeped in secrets, but none more so than the person at the very top. So we decided to shed a little light on the subject. From ladies men to nevernudes to closeted homosexuals, the Oval Office has seen its fair share of juicy presidential secrets.
First up: The president who nicknamed his wiener “Jumbo”…
Lyndon B.’s Johnson
It might not surprise you to hear that a man such as the president would use his power to seduce and sleep with as many women as possible. While JFK is known for his good looks and womanizing, far fewer people know that his successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, was one of the biggest horn dogs the White House has ever seen. And boy did he love to let people know it.
As it turns out, Lyndon was known to have an especially huge johnson, which he is said to have taken out and waved around on multiple occasions, especially to intimidate other men. Here’s the best part: He called his member “Jumbo.”
Fond of whipping it out in front of male staffers and making passes at female aides even directly in front of his wife, Lyndon is quoted as saying that he “had more women by accident than Kennedy had on purpose.”
Even in 2016, the idea of a gay president is unthinkable. But have we already had one?
Known as the bachelor president, rumors swirled around James Buchanan before his time in the White House when he lived with close friend (and future vice president under Franklin Pierce) William Rufus King for ten years.
King called their friendship a “communion,” and others in Washington referred to them as “Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy.” After King moved 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 [I] 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.”
Are there any closets in the Oval Office?