Monday, August 02, 2004

Germans are quite aware of the US presidential elections. But the question that has been raised most frequently, has been: How come American Presidents have so much hair? Since the campaign speech last week and Bill Clinton's media presence, the Democratic hair wonder has even been noted in newspaper columns. And what did Kerry say about why he and Edwards could win? 'We've got better hair'
He might have a point there, because there is an extremely low incidence of balding US presidents. We must ask what came first, the chicken or the egg? Do bald men not get elected? Do they not have the self confidence to even try? If they do get elected, is it because their oponent is as bald or balder than them? Many questions. But traditionally lots of hair has been associated with virility and strength ( compare: Samson) and loss of hair with loss of power. Come to think of it, I don't think there has been a first lady by the name of Delilah.
Overall, baldness is something we don't see much of anymore in the USA. Allthough they genetically should be the same as their ancestors who lost their hair in other parts of the world.
I am affraid I cannot shed light into this hairy thicket. But if the hair power theory is right, it could mean that G.W. will lose the election. Not a baldy himself, he still can't compete with the fur that crowns Kerry.