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Fringe Benefits

January 26, 2016

The television age began sometime during the Truman Administration, and since that time there have been only two bald Presidents: Dwight Eisenhower, who was the General who led the Allies to victory in Europe during World War II, and Gerald Ford, who was never elected President or Vice President, but succeeded to the office upon the resignation of Richard Nixon after having been appointed Vice President under the 25th Amendment.

Some, like Kennedy and Reagan, have had luxurious manes; while others, such as Johnson and Nixon have shown signs of recession; but every President elected since 1960 has had considerably more hair than Garfield, Van Buren, or the Adamses.

Even during the radio age there were no bald Presidents, and the four Presidents on Mount Rushmore, the last of whom left office in 1909, were all endowed by their Creator with certain hirsute happiness.

So, what does this mean for 2016? Well, it could explain why the governor with the bald spot was the first to drop out of the Republican race. It also doesn’t look too good for Bernie Sanders, even if he does get the Democratic nomination.

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