Battle of the mustaches in the Obama administration

October 6, 2009

In every U.S. president’s administration, there is always some kind of in-fighting that spills out into the public domain and now a battle royale is shaping up between President Barack Obama’s senior adviser David Axelrod and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.USA/

The two are set to duke it out over who has done the most to contribute to the Mustached American way of life — and no, it’s not the contest of who has the best mustache (Ax might just win that between the two of them if that were the case).

“Axelrod and I both went to Stuyvesant high school in New York and I got an alumni magazine or print out or something that showed us mustache-less in high school,USA/” Holder said.

The organization behind the award, the American Mustache Institute, says that Holder is the first mustached attorney general in more than 100 years.

“I was actually going to shave mine during the course of the summer. My kids told me not to and now I think I should have followed my gut,” Holder told reporters. “I’d be honored to have that award but it’s nothing I’m pining for.”

They aren’t alone in the contest, other nominees include the pilot who safely landed a damaged US Airways plane on the Hudson River earlier this year, Chesley Burnett (Sully) Sullenberger, CBS correspondent Bill Geist, and Dan Snarr, the mayor of Murray City, Utah, among others.

Voting ends Oct. 20 on the American Mustache Institute’s Web site with the winner announced Oct. 30 at the ‘Stache Bash 2009 in St. Louis.

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Reuters/Tim Shaffer (Axelrod at a pre-inaugural ball in January)

Reuters/Rick Wilking (Holder speaks to law enforcement authorities in Denver.)

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