Remember those bets through the years, stories you heard of high school coaches who would shave their heads if a team made the playoffs and corporate
executives who offered to take a pie in the face if a United Way or Relay for Life goal was met?
During the election this year, President Obama’s campaign advisor, David Axelrod, said he’d shave his mustache if his candidate didn’t carry the electoral
votes in three specific states.
Axelrod didn’t have to shave for the election-related bet, though, so he came up with another high-reaching goal—$1 million—says the
Los Angeles Times.
Sacrificing the ’stache was no small thing for the advisor. He’s sported a hairy upper lip for 40 years. His
wife hasn’t seen
the lip sans mustache.
The cause he chose was no small thing, either.
Axelrod’s daughter has epilepsy. He and his wife are involved in Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), so when he didn’t have to shave it for the president,
Axelrod offered up his mustache a second time—asking donors to contribute the big bucks to CURE.
Earlier this month, the campaign manager was the loser. His mustache had to go.
The big winner? CURE, with big name donors such as Donald Trump, Dallas
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, and, yes, the President.
Now, Axelrod is after another goal. If it is reached by year end, another dad will give up his facial hair. Republican strategist and commentator Alex
Castellanos has promised to sacrifice his mustache in CN’s Situation Room if 500 more donors contribute to CURE by New Year's Day.
Here’s the video from the Today Show, showing Axelrod’s big shave:
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