Comments: Why isn't Obama "too pretty"?

I'm gonna have to go with 3. While you know I play for the other team, I can appreciate hot. I agree that he looks pretty hot in that Harvard picture, but he's a bit of a beanpole and well the ears...the days of modest 'fros being in style were good to him--this close-cropped fashion is not.

For the record, I don't think Hillary is particularly hot either, and even less so politically. ;)

Posted by mamacate at April 15, 2008 10:35 PM

I'm going to agree with mamacate. Not that he's bad looking, just sort of average. (I really think it's the ears.) I think the law school picture makes him look like he has an enormous chin.

I'm not sure what sort of person uses that argument in the first place, so I can't say if they would use it with a black man. But I suspect 1 might be an issue, too. The "too pretty" argument is reaching so far - they don't have to reach nearly as far to find something that sounds scarier with Obama.

Posted by kate at April 16, 2008 09:23 AM

warning: I'm not as knowledgeable about this as I might be if more than, oh, 3% of the footage I viewed of any candidate was video. (The rest is still photos, just to clarify; I don't have TV and keep up with news online).

That said, in my opinion, Edwards has the appearance of someone who spent a lot of time fussing with his appearance. (The video that circulated in the last election cycle of his pre-interview combing session did not come as a surprise to many people, I'd wager.) He has shiny, carefully-done hair; he has even features in a boyish face. Obama is handsome, yes, but he's got a strong jaw and a more craggy appearance, and there's less need to speculate on how much he spends on his hairdresser, with that very short cut. (Although in the world of politics, who knows?) Obama doesn't look *polished*, in other words, and Edwards very much does.

Posted by Rachel at April 16, 2008 11:43 AM
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