Ernest Moniz: The Cabinet Secretary You've Never Heard of Has Internet-Famous Hair
America's Energy Secretary is a meme sensation.
By STEPHANIE EBBS and STACY CHEN
January 21, 2015, 6:47 PM
• 6 min read
-- Have you ever heard of Ernest Moniz?
Even if you haven't, you need to know at least one thing about the U.S. Secretary of Energy: His hair is now-Internet famous.
Moniz didn't even attend last year's State of the Union address -- he was the "designated survivor" (the cabinet official sent to a secure location just in case disaster were to strike the US Capitol). But this year, the former MIT physics professor turned top government official showed up, sporting his unusual Colonial-style hair.
Users have compared him to Benjamin Franklin,Beethoven, Mr. Bean, and Javier Bardem. The list -- and the memes -- go on and on...
"If it gets people interested in the Department of Energy, that's good," Moniz told The Boston Globe in an interview last year.