George W. Bush’s decision to mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a celebratory speech in New Orleans has raised a lot of questions. One of those questions is, “what the shit happened to his hair?”
Take a look for yourself:
What the shit happened to his hair? https://t.co/LogN6be5Gb— dan sinker (@dansinker) August 28, 2015
This brief clip of George Bush forcing a stranger to interact with him certainly suggests that the former president is nearly bald on his scalp, with a slightly Trump-esque wisp of side hair combed over his largely bare pate. But one Vine cannot tell the whole story. Here are a few cropped, high-resolution photos of George W. Bush’s head, taken today in New Orleans.
Looking at these, it’s much clearer. George W. Bush is not really bald — yet — but his hairline has receded, and the remaining hair covering his frontal and mid-scalp regions has thinned and lightened. To my eyes, there’s no evidence of Bush employing artificial means to mask his balding. There is combing over happening, but it is not a particularly egregious combover. In fact, he still has quite a bit of fairly thick and dark hair hair for a man his age, and he doesn’t appear to have developed a significant bald spot on the crown of his head. But in a moving image, captured by (I assume) a phone camera, of an image captured by a television camera, shot from above on a bright day, then compressed for web and social sharing, the gray hair over his scalp is barely visible, and the thicker hair appears comically tall and “fluffy.”
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