Obama Expresses Sorrow with Loss of Richardson Beard

Dec 3, 2008 12:02pm

President-elect Barack Obama expressed his deep disappointment for the loss of Bill Richardson’s beard in a press conference to announce the New Mexico governor’s nomination as secretary of commerce.

"We’re deeply disappointed with the loss of the beard," Obama said.

He was responding to a question from FOX News’ Wendell Goler for Mr. Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Commerce, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Goler had asked Richardson "what happened to the beard, sir?"

The president-elect said he would answer for Richardson, saying that he was sad about the loss of the beard, which had given the Governor, in Mr. Obam’s view, a "Western, rugged look."

For some reason, though, Richardson got rid of it.

"Maybe it was scratchy when he kissed his wife," Mr. Obama said.

– jpt

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