On the day of his nomination as commerce secretary, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson discovered that he disappointed president-elect Barack Obama. In a news conference Obama answered questions about Richardson’s new clean shaven look.
“I think it was a mistake for him to get rid of it,” Obama said with a smile. “I thought that whole Western, rugged look was really working for him. For some reason, maybe it because it was scratchy when he kissed his wife, he was forced to get rid of it. But we’re deeply disappointed with the loss of the beard.”
As lighthearted as this statement was, one must remember that any time Obama was questioned he responded that it was happening because he was different.
I know that I’m not your typical presidential candidate,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told executives and employees of the Schott glass company Friday afternoon, “and I just want to be honest with you. I know that.”
“And I know that the temptation is to say, ‘You know what? …The guy hasn’t been there that long in Washington.,’ You know, ‘he’s got funny name,’ You know, ‘we’re not sure about him,'” Obama continued. “And that’s what the Republicans, when they say, ‘This isn’t about issues, it’s about personalities,’ what they’re really saying is, ‘We’re going to try to scare people about Barack. So we’re going to say that you know, maybe he’s got Muslim connections or we’re going to say that, you know, he hangs out with radicals or he’s not patriotic.”
The western rugged look is subjective and most certainly not about the qualifications of Richardson. Obama has always touted he is about change… is this not change for Richardson? Obama has always touted that he is about the issues, how is this clean shaven look an issue for our country?
Hat Tip : Heath Haussamen