Here are the facts: there hasn’t been a President with facial hair since William Taft was elected 1909,1 and there hasn’t been one who is bald since Dwight Eisenhower was elected in 1953. These facts sadden us. We want more politicians unafraid to take a risk and willing to play the hand genetics dealt them.
We need more brave bearded men (and women) in office and fewer plastic department store clothing mannequins. Let’s face it, figuring out the solutions to the terrible unemployment numbers and the potential meltdown of the Euro is hard work. Even the smartest and most skilled politician might not be able to solve these problems.2 Nonetheless, we are sure a President who thinks while stroking his beard stands a much better chance.
Darwin, Einstein, and Santa Claus all prove that substantial facial hair leads to true genius. Barack, Mitt, and Newt: if you want our vote, throw the razor away and embrace the beard.3
For the month of February, the month of Presidents’ Day, we celebrate the bearded and bald Presidents of the United States. Evan and Roxy are going to take turns creating 10 minute4 pieces of art inspired by the 16 Presidents who were bald, bearded, moustached, sideburneded, mulleted, or any combination of those. We’ll share these drawings here and on Dribbble. If anyone else wants to join in with their own art, we encourage you to do so.