Lately, I’ve spent a lot of time reading and writing about Mark Twain (ie, Seriously Funny People, 3/15/18, and Mark Twain: Humor and Wisdom, 3/28/18). He had great hair, including a mustache. I’ve pictured him in both articles. It made me wonder: Is it OK for a President to have facial hair (ie, a beard or mustache)? Lincoln and Grant did. But William Howard Taft (1909-1913), with a mustache, was the last Oval Office holder not to be clean-shaven. In fact, early in the 20th century, it was thought by some people that facial hair could be a cause of tuberculosis. Thus (perhaps), “the clean-shaven look” became a symbol of the modern man’s ideal and the required appearance for all future Presidents. Forget about George Armstrong Custer’s visage. (see below). Remember the countenance of the New Deal maker (FDR) and the New Frontier designer (JFK)? More recently, did Obama and The Donald shave? Of course they did. And what about other famous, handsome men in the public eye? I’m thinking of Matt Damon, George Clooney (most of the time), Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks (unless he’s stranded on a deserted island), Ryan Gosling. Enough said. It appears voters require no 5 o’clock shadow, and a total avoidance of an even hairier look, on their Oval Office Occupiers.
Wait! Did someone just say: John Bolton!! (see below) Granted, he may soon work NEAR the Oval Office, but not in it, right?
OK, think about it. Could there be an exception? Could there ever be hair, there?! See if you can match the following list of men with their pictures beneath them. Would any of them be (have been) Presidential Material?
Chuck Berry … Albert Einstein … Sam Elliot … Samuel L. Jackson … Martin Luther King, Jr… Freddy Mercury … Brad Pitt … Tom Selleck