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Fox News asks the tough questions

Several liberal blogs have noted that Obama had not called on a single reporter from Fox News in his first five press conferences since the election, speculating it was a freeze-out for Fox’s Republicans lapdog status. But the thaw is on, as Obama has finally called on a Fox News reporter yesterday at his press conference to announce the appointment of Bill Richardson as secretary of commerce.

What makes this funny is the question asked by the reporter — he asked what happened to Richardson’s beard. Clearly an important question, worthy to be Fox’s first question to the president-elect.

Even funnier was Obama’s response. Obama said he was sad at the loss of the beard, saying it gave Richardson a “western, rugged look”, but “maybe it was scratchy when he kissed his wife.”