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Old 04-19-2012, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Why don’t politicians today grow beards?

Though the gentlemen who vied for the Republican presidential nomination disagreed on many things, from tax policy to contraception to the feasibility of establishing a colony on the moon, there's one critical issue on which they were firmly in accord: facial hair. This was true of the eventual nominees in the last election, and the one before that, and in every other presidential contest going back to 1916.

Beards in politics: There hasn’t been a bearded major-party presidential nominee in almost 100 years. Why? - Slate Magazine
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Whaddya talking about? Plenty of bearded presidents.






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Old 04-20-2012, 04:56 AM
 
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Here in the US, beards just aren't fashionable anymore. They're associated with old men or woodsy outdoors types, not candidates for high political office.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Who knows, but apparently the eminent Marshall McLuhan thought they were detrimental, perhaps because they humanize what are supposed to be idealized symbols.

Marshall McLuhan on Politician Image Projection « McLuhan Galaxy
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:33 AM
 
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beards are scruffy, these days it's better to have a sharp leader in place. in the past, it was more important to have "manly" leader. beards projected the image that was in back then. leaders project the image that is in now.

i'm 100% for the comeback of the beard. im doing my part.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:45 AM
 
Location: In a chartreuse microbus
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Al Borland for president!
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Earth
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I'm doing my part to bring back the beard, too. I'm blessed with a fine, full beard and I keep it looking professional.
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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This is a History question? Perhaps this thread should go to Unexplained Mysteries section.

It is the shame foolish questions on the perhiphery of History land in this section.
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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I don't even know we have a Unexplained Mysteries forum till now.


Thanks, John
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:28 AM
 
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I have seen some put forth the theory that bearded men reflect a society with a grim outlook on the world situation. As an example almost no public figure in the politics or the military had a beard at the end of the Mexican War when US society in general had a positive outlook on the future. Fast forward to the Civil War and almost every one of those same men had beards.

Lincoln in particular though grew a beard because a supporter suggested he grow one in an effort to make himself look less ugly.
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