Race to presidency gets hairy

Abraham Lincoln celebrated his 203rd birthday on Sunday.  Lincoln’s presidency is still held in reverence by many Americans whom celebrate him as a champion of human rights, a masterful orator that held the union together through a civil war, and above all else, a fashionable trendsetter with one rockin’ beard.

Lincoln's Beard: Shining beacon of liberty and defining feature of American currency

With the campaign for president in full swing, try to muster up the last time you saw a presidential candidate, or any American politician, with a beard.  Can’t do it?  That’s because facial hair has become a taboo among modern politicians, and the trend dates back to our founding fathers.  Until along came Honest Abe.

While campaigning for president in 1860, Lincoln received a letter from a New York girl named Grace Bedell.  The 11-year-old very bluntly told Lincoln that his ugly mug was basically unelectable, and that he should grow a beard, maintaining “you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin.”  Lincoln, swallowing his rage, took her advice and a month later was elected president.

Lincoln sparked a trend, with the next six presidents sporting a beard.  But somewhere in the mid 20th century, facial hair lost it’s popularity among politicians and the American voting public.  Beards and mustaches have rarely been seen on politicians since.

This guy probably had something to do with it.

Now back to today.  The American media loves to nitpick politicians and judge them on mere trivialities (see: Mitt Romney’s dogObama’s elitismRon Paul and insanity).  With the Republican primaries beginning to pan out, I say we encourage our presidential hopefuls to once again grow beards, and he with the finest growth will be chosen as leader of the free world.  As long as we are judging politicians on everything besides their political policies, we should at least make a fun and silly game out of it.

I'd vote for that stache


2 Responses to “Race to presidency gets hairy”

  1. 1 C "Ferocious" B
    February 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I for one do not understand the importance of facial hair….just dont get it.

  2. February 29, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    It is nothing but also everything. It can destroy a president, or make a woman into a carnival freak. How’s your beard going?

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