It's official: In a little over a week, Obama advisor David Axelrod will shave off his 40-year-old mustache — an icon, insofar as facial hair in Washington goes — as part of a secondary wager he made with MSNBC's Joe Scarborough. The bet isn't actually the original bet Axelrod and Scarborough made (which would have seen Scarborough grow hair on his upper lip, since Obama won Florida). It was made in the wake of the election-night results, and Axelrod said he'd shave off the 'stache if Joe and Mika could raise $1 million for his epilepsy charity, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy. All that said, Joe and Mika made good on their pledge Thursday morning, which means Axelrod is getting a clean shave, on air, on December 7. So here's a pre-emptive of obituary, of sorts:
2007: This is the Associated Press's oldest picture on record for Axelrod and his mustache. This was during then-Senator Obama's foreign policy speech at Depaul. That speech kind of turned Obama's chances, as then-Atlantic columnist Andrew Sullivan put it. This is what Axelrod's mustache looks like when it knows its dude has it in the bag:
February 4, 2008: The mustache laughs because it knows Obama has got this. And of course because they're rallying with Ted Kennedy later.