As Jay Carney Shaves Off His Beard, 6 Politicians Whose Facial Hair Has Rocked Congress

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So, whaddaya know: Along with Syria and South Sudan, it turns out that President Obama cares about how White House staffers wear their beards. And his administration isn't shy about expressing disapproval when beards go wrong, as in the case of formerly-bearded press secretary Jay Carney.

"The really great news is that Jay Carney got rid of that awful beard," White House communications director Palmieri announced Wednesday at the POLITICO post-State of the Union event. Apparently, Palmieri ordered Carney to shave, but it was reportedly Carney's mother who had the most influence.

Meanwhile, presidential speech writer Cody Keenan is next on the "shift the beard" list. Maybe this is really about jealousy: after all, President Obama did once confess to only being able to grow "whiskers." But it seems beards really can make or break a politician. So let's take a tour through recent political history and check out some of the most, er, "revolutionary" ones...

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