In what has to go down as one of the all-time great moments of political image consulting, an 11-year old girl suggested to a fresh-faced Abe Lincoln that he grow a beard. And then he did. The website Letters of Note even has copies of the girl’s letter and Lincoln’s response. Beyond being the cutest historical footnote of all time, Ms. Grace Bedell, had some solid reasoning behind her request.
“I have got 4 brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you,” she wrote, “you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President.” [emphasis added.]
And a beard was born, 150 years ago when a photographer named Samuel G. Alschuler opened the shutter of his camera for several seconds and captured the first image of the president-elect with his newly grown beard. - NYT
Beards win Presidencies.
Coincidentally, I wrote to Bill Clinton in 1994 and told him he should wear tighter trousers, to strengthen his appeal amongst the female population. He replied with a photograph of his schlong covered in plastic wrap, along with a note that read “THIS TIGHT ENOUGH FOR YOU, MADAME? BIG B. P.S. SEND PICS”
We met a few months later as he was travelling through Minnesota.
“Raine,” he said, ‘look at my crotch. I’ve wrapped it in ham for you.’ Then he kissed me hard on the left breast and dry humped my thigh. I never saw him again.