When Hillary Clinton awakens each day, she already has more to do than men before she can get started because she has to do her hair first, explained President Obama. Quoted by the New York Times on Monday, he pointed out, Hillary “had a tougher job” than he in their first campaign, “She had to wake up earlier than I did because she had to get her hair done.”
Hillary’s GOP rival, Donald Trump, has defended his hair as his own but he’s never let it slow him down on the campaign trail. Even though Trump admits to spending “about an hour a day” grooming his hair now, he spends the time waiting for it to dry catching up on news. Once his hair is combed, he sprays it and off he goes breaking high-energy records in rally after rally, interspersed with multiple media appearances.
Obama isn’t the only one to use Clinton’s hair as an excuse for Clinton’s unpopularity. When a dial on a focus group plunged the second Hillary appeared, according to a story told by George Stephanopoulos, more than a decade ago Bill Clinton immediately reacted, saying, “Oh, they don’t like her hair.”
Back in November, even Matt Drudge of the popular news aggregator, Drudge Report, caused a social media uproar charged with sexism accusations when he tweeted, “Can we ask if Hillary is wearing a wig?” At least, Drudge didn’t speculate whether Clinton removed her wig for private matters when he also asked, “Why aren’t we seeing Hillary’s lovers? … Where’s the cover-up on this?. So many issues that are suppressed on a daily basis.”
During not one but two debates, Hillary was slow to return from the break to the podium. Clinton quipped, “Well, it takes women longer.” If it was her hair slowing her down, Trump might suggest more hair spray would help. Looking forward to winning the White House, Trump has said he would abandon his trademark hairstyle if caring for his hair was time prohibitive during a heavy workload. He plans to simply comb his hair straight back because, “If I were in the White House, I’d be working my ass off.”
No doubt any president would be too busy to focus on their hair. male or female. If Hillary wins, in a pinch she might revert to the scrunchies and headbands she has relied upon in the past. Though the slicked back style is not her best look, Hillary quips that as a grandmother, she is long past the age that she has to worry about her image. It’s liberating to just be herself, “wigging it” if necessary without apology.
Many may feel relieved because if as Obama suggested Hillary would have to do her hair “first,” what would Hillary do in a national emergency? It would be scary to think her hair or grooming her image in any manner came first. Currently Hillary is battling it out with Bernie Sanders to win in Iowa caucuses. It might be noted, Sanders has experienced his own hair problems.