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"Confirmed bachelor" Lindsey Graham would use a "rotating first lady" in the White House

He's just f*cking with us, right?


Scott Eric Kaufman
June 10, 2015 4:45PM (UTC)

Republican presidential contender and committed bachelor Lindsey Graham was asked on Tuesday who would serve as his first lady if he won the White House in 2016, to which the South Carolina senator replied "we'll have a rotating first lady," The Daily Mail's Francesca Chambers reports.

"I've got a sister, she could play that role if necessary," he said. "I've got a lot of friends. We'll have a rotating first lady."

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The first lady part of the Executive Office of the President, and has many duties, including acting as a hostess for visiting dignitaries and, generally, being in charge of all White House social and ceremonial events. When the president is unmarried or his wife has been unable to perform the duties required of the first lady, the role has fallen on the shoulders of a close female relative.

As Graham noted, that role could be played by his sister, Darline Graham Nordone -- although she lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children, making it unlikely that she would move into the White House at her brother's behest.

Whoever would occupy the position in a hypothetical Graham presidency, she would be very busy, as the senator said "I'm a social kind of guy. I think one of the biggest mistakes President Obama made was being a little too distant."


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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