Hair Today Gone tomorrow
April 11, 2019

London's Metropolitan Police arrested Julian Assange in Ecuador's London embassy on Thursday morning, and CNN obtained video of Assange being dragged into police custody. The two obvious things from the footage are that the WikiLeaks founder did not go willingly, and he looks different.

"Look at him, the beard," said John Berman, cohost of CNN's New Day. "He looks like, you know, Rip Van Winkle," agreed cohost Alisyn Camerota. "He has aged more than seven years since he's been in there." "He is not walking out voluntarily, he is shouting, which just shows you his position in the world," Berman said. "To an extent, it is the governments of the world, minus Russia, versus Julian Assange." Peter Weber

February 11, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) may have drawn a bigger audience than Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) when she announced her candidacy for president in sunny California, but Klobuchar formally launched her campaign in Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon amid a snowstorm, in 16-degree weather, and she still drew a crowd.

"The people are on our side when it comes to climate change," Klobuchar said, snow flurrying around her. "Why? Because like you and I, they believe in science." Extreme weather — cold and hot — is part and parcel of climate change, but President Trump doesn't care. He tweeted that Klobuchar "looked like a Snowman(woman)!" while "talking proudly of fighting global warming" in a "virtual blizzard of snow." Klobuchar responded that she looks forward to debating climate science with Trump, adding the dig: "And I wonder how your hair would fare in a blizzard?"

For the record, Trump's hair does not do great in strong winds. On Saturday, one Twitter user tried to imagine what Trump would look like without the Propecia and Tresemmé Tres Two hairspray.

And Bald Trump had admirers. "Speaking for myself, I think he looks better — I am not kidding — and more distinguished as a normal 72 year old man than as the bizarre makeup show he puts on every day," opined foreign policy expert Tom Nichols. Peter Weber

February 2, 2017

The doctor who made everyone temporarily giddy in December 2015 by declaring candidate Donald Trump the "healthiest individual ever" to seek the presidency has now revealed the secret of President Trump's luxuriant locks to The New York Times: "a prostate-related drug to promote hair growth." Dr. Harold Bornstein said he also uses the drug, finasteride, and he credits it for his own full head of hair, too. "He has all his hair," Bornstein said. "I have all my hair." Bornstein, 69, has been Trump's personal physician since 1980, before which Trump was treated by Bornstein's father, Dr. Jacob Bornstein. Trump has never had an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer, Bornstein said.

Bornstein parceled out other information about the 70-year-old president over four interviews with the Times' Dr. Lawrence Altman. Aside from low doses of finasteride (sold as Propecia, a treatment for male-pattern baldness as well as enlarged prostate), Trump takes a statin for elevated cholesterol, baby aspirin to reduce the risk of heart attack, and the antibiotic tetracycline to fend off rosacea, a skin condition where visible blood vessels can make the face appear flush or sometimes bumpy. He said Trump is healthy, up-to-date on an HIV test, and not particularly germaphobic as far as he has observed. "He always stands there and changes the paper on the table himself" after an examination, Bornstein said. "Other than that, nothing."

Bornstein says he hasn't spoken with Trump since the inauguration, nobody from the White House has asked for Trump's medical records, and he is not yet sure if he will continue being Trump's doctor in the White House. If he is asked to continue treating Trump, he said, he would be disinclined to administer annual psychometric tests for dementia; Trump's father, Fred Trump, suffered from Alzheimer's disease in his 80s. The White House declined to comment when the Times asked. You can read more about Trump's health at The New York Times. Peter Weber

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