Joe Robbins on Presidential Hair

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I know what you’re thinking. You think I’m about to criticize our president, the highest elected official in the land. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m a huge fan of President Trump’s hairstyle. Any man who dons a do that delivers one hundred different descriptions deserves my deepest respect.

The subject made me wonder about the history of presidential hair. One article I read selected a top five: Carter, Hayes, Pierce, Reagan, and Kennedy. But I believe they missed the point: Control is over-rated when it comes to hair.

It’s been many years since we’ve had a president who really put it out there with his haircut. Okay, Reagan was good, but you have to go back over a century to find anyone close to Trump.

Martin Van Buren (POTUS #8) never let male pattern baldness stop him.


And what about James Polk? (POTUS #11) He brought the mullet to Washington.


Don’t overlook John Adams. (POTUS #2) Now he made a statement with his hair.

Yes, we have Donald Trump to thank for bringing conversation-worthy hair back to the White House. I mean, Barack Obama, nice guy and all, certainly articulate, but hair? Short. Short. Short. BORING!! Aside from changing color, Obama’s hair did little more than cover his head.

Of course, some would argue that covering one’s head is the primary purpose of a man’s hair, but why stop there when you can make a fashion statement.

President Trump’s hair does all kinds of things, particularly in the wind. If you’re not sure what I mean, try Googling “images of Trump’s hair.” Did you see the one with the dude surfing the comb-over? No words.

Now fun is fun, but some people have taken it too far, placed President Trump’s photo next to some crazy images, including a cat, a squirrel, a pheasant, an ear of corn, and the truly disturbing: Ryan Gosling. Now that’s what I call disrespect. I’ll admit; some of these likenesses are eerie, but you have to know when to draw the line.

And putting all politics aside, whether you think he’s better than Reagan or worse than Nixon, you have to respect the man’s hair.

Best, Joe


Joe Robbins–an amateur detective with mixed emotions–is the hero of three novels: A Fateful Greed, A Just Rage, and A Siren’s Love.

Disclaimer: Joe Robbins is a fictional character. Even so, his opinions leap from the keyboard unbidden, and thus, out of necessity, the author and the publisher disavow any responsibility for his words.