Agence France Presse
Published — Sunday 9 December 2012
Last update 8 December 2012 7:54 pm
WASHINGTON: Washington’s most famous mustache is no more. Senior Barack Obama adviser David Axelrod shaved his iconic lip hair live on TV Friday after raising $ 1 million for epilepsy research. Axelrod said he has sported a mustache — a rarity in official Washington — for 40 years.
“We’re cutting it off because there are people who have lost a lot more than a mustache to epilepsy,” said Axelrod, 57, as he prepared to lose the mustache live on the MSNBC news show “Morning Joe.” Axelrod was saved from a hack job when the TV hosts stepped aside and let a professional barber with a straight razor do the job.
One of the first donations in the challenge came from a surprising source: real estate mogul Donald Trump, a fierce Obama critic. “We agree this is a good cause,” Trump said in a phone call to the show. Other donors included actors George Clooney, Tom Hanks and millionaire basketball team owner Mark Cuban.