[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/12/03/art.split.cnn.jpg caption=" The latest debate in Washington: Does Richardson look better with or without a beard?"](CNN) – Gov. Bill Richardson showed up to his press conference with President-elect Barack Obama Wednesday morning without the beard he has been sporting since dropping out of the presidential race in January, sparking his new boss to tell reporters he is "deeply disappointed with the loss of the beard."
"I'm going to answer this question about the beard," said Obama, when Richardson was asked where the facial hair went. "I think it was a mistake for him to get rid of it. I thought that whole Western, rugged look was really working for him.
"For some reason, maybe because it was scratchy when he kissed his wife, he was forced to get rid of it.," Obama continued as his nominee for commerce secretary smiled broadly. "But we're deeply disappointed with the loss of the beard."
Obama didn't let Richardson answer the question, but the New Mexico governor told Esquire Magazine in an interview posted online Wednesday that "After the campaign, I grew a beard as a rebellion against those consultants who told me I had to comb my hair, shave, lose weight. I said, You know, I’m gonna do what I want now. That was a good feeling."
GROW THE BEARD - GET THE COWBOY BOOTS AND THE RHINESTONE COWBOY HAT, AND THEN GO GET US SOME JOBS - AS WE SAY IN BOSTON – TIME TO COWBOY US!!
Judas looks better with the beard – less like Jabba the Hut
Obama was joking. Pretending it was a huge deal. Having fun. Don't youy get it?
Like when he said that getting a puppy for the White House was TOP NATIONAL PRIORITY!!
Obama is a cool cat.
I like how both Obama and Richardson have a sense of humor. What a refreshing change.
I don't know why PJP comes here and reads these articles.
Then does nothing but complain about what CNN writes
about. Don't read these articles and you won't be so freekin
disappointed all the time. At least don't complain avout every
article, it makes you look/sound S T U P I D
Yes! Facial hair is IN and sexy!!!
I didn't realize that so many people would have an opinion about such a pressing issue as a beard!
This is NEWS? Did Nancy Pelosi or Hillary Clinton shave their legs yet?
Tim It's called a joke. You know, those things we laugh at?
Wow. Way to edit my comment, CNN!
I actually said that to CAROL, not TIM.
It's very, very becoming on him and makes him look younger.