Will there ever be another unmarried president?

Saw this on Facebook:

Reminds me of the time I saw a news story about “the Australian prime minister’s boyfriend,” and my immediate reaction was, “What!? The Australian prime minister ISN’T MARRIED?” Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it just seems to be very rare these days for world leaders not to be married. It seems that there’s very strong pressure for leaders of democratic countries to project a certain “family man” image (or “family person,” in countries were they’ve started electing women).

In US history, James Buchanan is the only president to remain a lifelong bachelor. And I suspect the chances of that happening again have actually gone down since Buchanan’s day; mass media means a lot more scrutiny for politician’s public personas (if not, sadly, their policies and parts of their character actually relevant to the job) and a lot more pressure to conform in that area.

Of course, as I pointed out to a friend not long ago, forever is a long time and social norms could easily change in several decades to be more accepting of single people.

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