April 23, 2014
President Obama publicly acknowledges chief speechwriter Cody Keenan's facial hair.
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And finally, I believe that Cody Keenan is the first presidential chief speechwriter with a full beard. To congratulate Keenan on winning an award from his alma mater, Northwestern University, President Obama made a short video praising Keenan as a “brilliant writer,” and chiding him on his “terrible beard.”
The president’s public acknowledgment of Keenan’s facial hair represents a small step forward in the obscure and endless fight for speechwriters’ rights.