Just out of curiosity really, nothing important. But just wondering, if they kept it well trimmed, is there a problem in that?
There was this thing called World War Two where twenty million upstanding men learned to shave, and stay shaved. Then there were the hippies where no good, lazy, dope smoking pieces of shit decided they weren't going to shave. In short, killing the beard as a fashion for well respected men. Now, instead of the beard being a symbol of maturity and wisdom, it is the symbol of the unemployed and dead beat.
Thanks hippies. Just one more thing the goddamn boomer generation ruined for everyone.
You're terrible JonEDanger... Although you both are true.
Plain and simple reason? Because it's out of fashion.
It's actually a shame, though. When worn *properly* a beard can be a very good look. To simply dismiss it, out of hand, for no other reason, is sad.
Almost every man I know under 40 has some sort of facial hair, usually some variation of a goatee. So I think they are solidly back in fashion. Presidential candidates will be the very last ones to catch on, as they are extremely risk-adverse.
I'd wager we'll see some candidates with facial hair in 50 years.
I think people have just become immature about facial hair. Any mustache is a "pornstache", and beards are just seen as 'awesome' nowadays, which isn't exactly what candidates want to portray. I suppose facial hair would appear to younger generations, but then they risk losing the older men who want something "professional", as mentioned below the hippies kind of ruined the beard in business.
The fact that most men in general don't have facial hair anymore has something to do with it. But also, facial hair makes men look older than they are, and we live in an era when people don't even want to look as old as they actually are.
I would point out that this isn't as much the case outside North America and Western Europe. If you look at politicians in Latin America or the Middle East, you're hard pressed to find one who doesn't have a mustache.
Good point, I didn't think of that.
I think it has to do with how tough, wild, creative you look. Cops are not allowed to have beards, per a friend of mine (cop); it makes you look scary. Presidents are supposed to look like competent managers, not tough guys. Or artists, for that matter. Beard these days says "wild," and we don't want wild Presidents.
Quite possibly because facial hair on serious U.S. politicos went out of fashion about 1912. Well, it started to fade out about during McKinley's campaign in the 1890's. Last effective President with facial hair, Theodore Roosevelt.