When it comes to politics, how important is hair?
September 1st, 2011
06:00 PM ET

When it comes to politics, how important is hair?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In Texas, Rick Perry is also known as Governor Good Hair.

In fact, when he jumped into the race just a few short weeks ago, fellow Texan Paul Begala described it as "when Rick Perry threw his hair in the ring."

Say what you want about the current Republican front-runner - love him or hate him - the guy's got great hair.

Maybe it will help Perry make it all the way to the White House.

In any case, it probably won't hurt him.

In recent memory, especially since when you could see these guys on TV, our commanders-in-chief have been blessed with the good hair gene.

In fact, you have to go all the way back to the 1950s and Dwight Eisenhower to find a bald-headed president.

Even if they go significantly more grey while in office, like Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, our presidents seem to have pretty healthy heads of hair.

Perhaps it's no coincidence that many of those aspiring to the office, like Perry, are blessed with good hair genes, too.

Look at Mitt Romney, or even John Edwards back in 2008.

Edwards reportedly went all out for his hair, spending as much as $400 for a haircut. Wait until he sees the haircut he could get in prison, but that's another story.

The point is: In the age of television, appearance matters. I don't expect we'll elect another bald president anytime soon, which is too bad. There are undoubtedly a lot of qualified bald people out there.

Anyways, all this got us wondering if there's something magical about good hair and politicians.

Here’s my question to you: When it comes to politics, how important is hair?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


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How much trouble is President Obama in?
September 1st, 2011
05:00 PM ET

How much trouble is President Obama in?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The following is an understatement: Heading into an election year, President Obama has some "issues"... and they start very close to home.

Top black leaders are criticizing the president. They say he hasn't focused enough on problems devastating the African-American community - things like poverty, civil rights and jobs.

The unemployment rate among blacks is almost 16%, and for young African-Americans, it's nearly 40%. Nationally, unemployment is a shade over 9%.

The congressional black caucus recently challenged the president in a series of town halls. Leaders say they don't know what his jobs plan is for the black community, and "we want him to come out on our side and advocate, not to watch and wait."

Politico reports the president is reportedly angry that black leaders aren't giving him credit for achievements like health care reform and protecting medicaid - things that will help minority communities.

But here's the bottom line: If President Obama wants to win a second term, he needs blacks to come out in record numbers like they did in 2008 - especially in states like North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

African-Americans will likely vote for Mr. Obama overwhelmingly, but the question remains how high turnout will be.

And it's not just blacks. The president is also losing support among another key Democratic voting bloc: Women.

A new Gallup poll shows a record low of 41% of women approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing. That's a 30-point drop since he first took office.

Overall, a recent CNN poll shows that more than 1 in 4 Democrats think the party should nominate someone other than President Obama in 2012. And, 2/3 of all Americans give him a thumbs-down on the economy - the nation's top issue.

Like I said... saying the president has some "issues" is an understatement.

Here’s my question to you: How much trouble is President Obama in?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?