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If James Buchanan was America's first catastrophic president, is Barack Obama the second?

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James Buchanan's presidency was a catastrophe for America. He refused from the outset to face the slavery crisis, declaring in his inaugural address of 1857 that the barbarous institution was "of no practical importance." Buchanan did nothing even after Abraham Lincoln's House Divided speech in 1858 warning that "a house divided against itself cannot stand." The secession crisis followed, then...

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