President elect Barack Obama had another conference today, to announce Bill Richardson as Commerce Secretary. Surprise, surprise Fox News was called on for the first time since Obama was elected. Now they are batting like 1 for 6 I believe.
Wendell Goler, Fox News's reporter, asked a two part question of sorts,
What would Obama's reaction be if Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr. dipped into the second half of the $700 billion bailout funds even before Obama is sworn in?
And Goler's light-hearted question directed to Richardson: "What happened to the beard?"
"I'm going to answer this question about the beard. I think it was 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. But we're deeply disappointed with the loss of the beard."
A beard might have also given Obama's cabinet more of that "team of rivals" look though Richardson would have let his facial hair grow out quite a bit longer to get that Old Testament prophet look that was sported by a few of Abraham Lincoln's cabinet members and the 16th president himself.
As for the bailout money, Obama said he would reserve judgment until Paulson said publicly that he would draw down the second half of the money and that Congress would have to approve spending that money anyway.