The Presidency: What the Barber Knew

What the Barber Knew

Milton Pitts, barber to the past four Republican Presidents, died last week at 84 and left unanswered a titillating question he himself raised. Would U.S. history have been different if Democrats Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton had not haughtily tossed him out of his tiny White House shop and turned to politically naive hair stylists? Pitts, who believed hair had become a crucial image factor, thought so. A few students of presidential esoterica have had sympathy for the ideas of this jolly tradesman, who through skill and nerve climbed higher in the power circle than any other barber in history outside...

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