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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Gates and Mubarak: Advice on Hair Coloring?

US Secretary of Defense Bob Gates was in Cairo today. He's in his mid-60s. Yesterday was Husni Mubarak's 81st birthday. Which one has white hair?

Does anyone remember the old Clairol commercials, "Does she or doesn't she? (Only her hairdresser knows for sure.)" Or the jokes about Kiwi shoe polish? (And yes, I know the hairpiece theory.)

Sorry, Mr. President, no offense, but one does have to wonder. As I've noted before, Qadhafi's hair is still jet black, too, but he's a decade and a half younger than Mubarak. Maybe it's just sour grapes on my part, as one of those people who was graying at 40 and white in my 50s.

(Photo: US Department of Defense)

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