John Edwards on Men’s Vogue


John Edwards gets the Annie Leibovitz treatment, flaunting his dashing self (and a haircut of undetermined cost) on the July/Aug cover of Men’s Vogue.

From the profile:

“Edwards paces the small platform, explaining how he’ll fight corporate farming, funnel capital to rural schools and businesses, and expand broadband access to out-of-the-way places. The rural South is where he’s from, after all—the town of Robbins, North Carolina, population 1,200. In America, he says, ‘people like me can come from nowhere, the son of a mill worker…and now be running for president of the United States and pay $400 for a haircut!’ The Iowans erupt in laughter, a great gale of relief. ‘You like that, do you?’ Edwards says, grinning. A white-haired 56-year-old named Marilyn, who had noted beforehand that $400 haircuts are ‘harder for people from the Midwest to understand,’ turns and gives a furtive thumbs-up. ‘He’s good!’ she whispers. Indeed he is. By the time he’s updated the crowd on his wife Elizabeth’s battle with cancer and uttered his can’t-lose, heat-seeking campaign line—’It’s time for Americans to be patriotic about something other than war!’—Edwards has won over the room, totally and completely. Asked about the haircut by the Iowa press afterward, Edwards, hand on hip, eyes squinting in the sun, says, ‘My whole life has been spent standing up for people who have no voice, and I’ll do that as long as I’m alive. It’s a ridiculous amount of money for a haircut. I’m actually embarrassed by it.'”

Slideshow here.


  1. FizziekruntNT says

    I just fall in love with this guy every time I hear him speak. Looks do, of course, account for a lot, but he’s actually one of the brightest, most realistic people I’ve ever heard in politics.

    And Andy…nice touch! Never hurts to try at least, right?

  2. anon says

    His “I feel uncomfortable around those people” in refference to gays comment did ruin him and should ruin him. Fizzie look behind the pr people created facade. He feels uncomfortable around you and any and all gay people per his own words. Don’t support a homophobe.

  3. Mike says

    ANON above drank the kool-aid. His commets have been explained by him and his wife. Try not to put so much weight into a person trying to sell a book.

  4. Gregoire says

    I’m sure I’ve said things that could be construed to mean I’m a homophobe, and I’m gay. I wouldnt take one stray out of context comment to define his entire nature.

  5. Mx says

    Stupid Trivia: His wife was a guest on “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” on NPR several weeks back and when asked if he had any secrets she said he only uses shampoo and no other hair products. When was he quoted as saying “I feel uncomfortable around those people”?

  6. Tom says

    The New York Times — which is still capable of being a pretty good newspaper — reports:

    John Edwards ended 2004 with a problem: how to keep alive his public profile without the benefit of a presidential campaign that could finance his travels and pay for his political staff.

    Edwards, who reported this year that he had assets of nearly $30 million, came up with a novel solution, creating a nonprofit organization with the stated mission of fighting poverty. The organization, the Center for Promise and Opportunity, raised $1.3 million in 2005, and — unlike a sister charity he created to raise scholarship money for poor students — the main beneficiary of the center’s fund-raising was Mr. Edwards himself, tax filings show.

    A spokesman for Mr. Edwards defended the center yesterday as a legitimate tool against poverty.

    The organization became a big part of a shadow political apparatus for Mr. Edwards after his defeat as the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2004 and before the start of his presidential bid this time around. Its officers were members of his political staff, and it helped pay for his nearly constant travel, including to early primary states.

    While Mr. Edwards said the organization’s purpose was “making the eradication of poverty the cause of this generation,” its federal filings say it financed “retreats and seminars” with foreign policy experts on Iraq and national security issues. Unlike the scholarship charity, donations to it were not tax deductible, and, significantly, it did not have to disclose its donors — as political action committees and other political fund-raising vehicles do — and there were no limits on the size of individual donations.

    Add this to the $400 haircut . . . and a few other things.

    Maybe I was too quick not to count Edwards out.

  7. sam says

    I think appearing on the cover of Men’s Vogue is a mistake. The GOP already paints him as the Breck Girl and have made hay with the $400 haircut. Now, he’s on the cover of a fashion magazine looking like a pretty boy. The manly men of the Rethug party will have a field day.

  8. anon ( says

    He does come across as self-satisfied and arrogant, doesn’t he? “I can relate…” said the aristocratic candidate getting a $400 haircut. I suspect the only poverty he cares about is his own.

  9. Luke says

    More misinformed individuals, Mrs Edwards is scheduled to speak at the San Francisco Gay Pride event this weekend, so, the idea that he or she is homophobic is just more nonsense here.

    That clue is always missing with so many here before they yell out the he/she is a homophobe.

  10. anon says

    Bob Shrum memoir, “No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner,” Shrum recalls asking Edwards at the outset of that campaign, “What is your position, Mr. Edwards, on gay rights?”

    “I’m not comfortable around those people,” Edwards replied, according to Shrum.

  11. anon says

    at the outset of the 2004 presidential campaign, “What is your position, Mr. Edwards, on gay rights?” Shrum quotes Edwards as saying, “I’m not comfortable around those people.” At that point Elizabeth said, “John, you know that’s wrong.” Edwards’ pollster, Harrison Hickman, who was in the room during the discussion, says that Shrum is sensationalizing and taking out of context what was an honest discussion about Edwards’ lack of exposure to gay people and these issues

    Edwards own man Hickman admits the words were said they were just taken out of context.

    1+1=2 Not 3, words mean exactly what they say.

  12. yoshi says

    “He does come across as self-satisfied and arrogant, doesn’t he?”

    Because he is. And the guy is soulless as well. I am amazed how many gays fall in line when a candidate or their spouse walks in a gay pride parade.

    Edwards was a disaster during the last campaign … and well – so was kerry come to think of it.

  13. stan says

    I think Edwards stands in front of his bathroom mirror every day perfecting the fake, concerned politician look/mannerisms. It’s a turn off. He might mean what he is campaigning for but he needs to get real.

  14. MT says

    Am I the only one who thinks Men’s Vogue SUCKS? It’s ‘blah’ at best and an empty shell of a candidate like Edwards is entirely appropriate for their cover.

  15. Daniel says

    On the plus side, he is one of the few candidates who is actually presenting plans and ideas. On the negative, while he may not be homophobic, he’s not a strong leader on gay rights issues (but then, neither are any of the candidates except, maybe, Kucinich–who is always dismissed as a kook in spite of being closer to what the majority of Americans think on issues like the Iraq war. I would certainly vote for him over any of the Republican candidates. I think he’s better in some ways than Hilary or Barack–but I’m not majorly excited by him (despite him being really, really cute).

  16. CLG says

    First of all…the Shrum book is absolute crap. Bob, as I have discovered, is a very bitter and angry guy. It was this moron Shrum, along with that inexperienced fool of campaign manager, Mary Beth Cahill, who advised Kerry not to respond to the “Swift Boat” attacks that doomed the campaign in August (and cost the Democrats in many close congressional races). It was Edwards, Paul Begala and Joe Lockhart who wanted to rock the hell out of those bastards and put Bush on the defensive. But Mary Beth, who is also extremely passive aggressive, and Shrum said “it would give creedence” to the Swift Boat fools. BTW, Shrum is the same guy who has lost every single presidential campaign where he was either a manager or senior staff. Watching that fool fun a campaign is like watching the Baltimore Orioles play baseball for the last decade — no matter how much money they spend on certain players, the team still sucks!!! That is Bob Shrum in a nutshell.

    Now, ANYONE who knows campaigns (and Mary Beth Cahill has NEVER run a national campaign nor any campaign for the past decade until Kerry), knows that you never fail to respond in kind to an opponents attack. I use the old Godfather adage, “if a guy brings a knife to a fight, you bring a gun.” The minute Kerry took the advice of the Idiot Twins, he became the Titanic of the 2004 campaign. But this time everyone in the Democratic Party saw the f98&)(*&()*ing iceberg months before but Mary Beth and Bob “Tampa Bay Devil Rays” Shrum kept steering a blind course straight into the f9*&)(*&ing thing.

    One other thing, I would be willing to bet Edwards would have NEVER said what Shrum alleges he said about the gay community. First, he wouldn’t have said it in front of a toolbox like Shrum (and second, it is NOT in the makeup of John Edwards to ever say anything like that.

    Everyone has to keep in mind a few important things: Shrum does not like Edwards because Edwards dared give contrary advice to Kerry (which Kerry almost took by the way). Shrum and Cahill disliked anyone who dared contradict their considered opinions — despite the fact that they were wrong nearly every step of the way.

    In fact, when Paul Begala placed several calls to Cahill after the Swift Boat thing — she refused to return his call and took Kerry’s cell phone away b/c she found out he was getting advice from Begala and Joe Lockhart to go nuclear on Bush.

    It should be noted here that Kerry almost won — not because of those two fools — but because Bush almost lost it. It was only the gay marriage initiative turnout in Ohio that saved Bush.

    And anyone who criticizes John Edwards for being rich (particularly anyone involved with the Clinton campaign) should be very careful about that. And here is why:

    John Edwards grew up with nothing — I have been through this guy’s hometown and kiddies, it is very poor and very rural. He is as southern working class as anyone I have met from the South and I lived there for over a decade and a hafl. Edwards has earned every single penny he has made the hard way. This guy, love him or not, is the American dream. This is what we want for kids who grow up in the poverty that he did — to be able to make a better life for themselves.

    And yet, many of you want to criticize him for it. I just don’t understand why.

    Finally, it stuns me the amazing hypocrisy of some of you who are so desperate to have a Hillary Clinton win the Democratic Primary that they forget one important element: SHE CAN’T WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION. She has over 15 years of negatives to overcome and no amount of money can put away a negative image that has been hard-wired into the psyche of the American public. And frankly, it is something she, by and large, did to herself.

    Edwards is a solid candidate with strong credentials who can win the White House for Democrats. Of all the candidates, the Republicans fear him the most b/c of who is he and his story. The FOX News dittoheads want Hillary (in spite of their attacks) b/c they know full damn well she can’t win. And for those who may not know politics, when someone’s negative poll numbers CONSISTENTLY hover around 50% that is not a good sign.

  17. CLG says

    btw, I should add that the initiative in Ohio was an anti-gay marriage initiative propagated by Dr. Evil’s mini-me, Karl Rove.

  18. anon says

    Edwards own man Hickman admits the words were said they were just taken out of context.

    Out of context or not, the words were said per Edwards campaign employe Hickman. Truth doesn’t need long explanations.

  19. CLG says

    No, I don’t believe thats what Shrum said that Hickman had told him –but I could be wrong. My understand was that Hickman said Shrum, in effect,lied about the account. Hickman told the Washington Post (or was it the LA Times)that he NEVER said that to Shrum. Shrum basically made up the account to sell books. And knowing Shrum, that is something that he would do …

  20. W=WIMP says

    Who cares if he is “uncomfortable” around gay people or has a $400 haircut.

    What will he do to get us out of war, keep us out of war, reduce the debt, and feed us??

    Fuck all the petty shit.

  21. says

    You know, I’ve become okay, over the years, with candidates who pander to conservatives by saying they are against gay marriage. Whatever, I want to win, I’ll pretend like that doesn’t hurt. But what makes it okay for me is knowing that they are just saying it for politics, and me having the utopian belief that Obama, or maybe even Clinton, is a good person inside.

    Edwards, he goes out of his way to make sure we know he is personally opposed to gay marriage, thinks it’s wrong wrong wrong, and with shit like this Shrum quote–no matter what the context, unless it was, “I disagree with the following statement”–does not inspire me with confidence that he is at all on our side.

    And I’m sorry, but what exactly are his “solid credentials”? Serving one term in the senate? Losing a national election? Losing in the polls to all of the Republican candidates in hypothetical matchups?

  22. Mary says

    He didn’t say it. It’s made up. Elizabeth said so on a TV interview. She said 2 people who were there said it was made up. Why are you accepting the word of someone you don’t know who gives you no evidence?

    Edwards is getting the same treatment that the “journalists” and pundits gave Gore, Dean, Kerry, Edwards. They love to take down Democratic candidates for their corporate bosses who sign their pay checks. They are the hypocrites, not John Edwards who is honest.

    “Meanwhile, NBC anchor Brian Williams appeared as a guest on David Letterman’s show last week where discussion soon turned to Edwards’ haircut. Asked what was the most he’d ever paid for a trim, Williams responded, “probably $12.”

    But Williams, who lives in a restored farmhouse in Connecticut where he parks his 477-horsepower black Porsche GT2 (that is, when he’s not decamping on the Upper East Side), gets his haircut for just $12. And remember, that’s probably the most he’s ever paid.

    “Williams enjoys a $10 million salary. He’s a celebrity journalist and recent Men’s Vogue cover boy, who, up until just a few years ago, was probably known as much for his perfectly coiffed locks as he was his reporting skills. Yet, eager to project himself as one of the guys, Williams insists his trims cost chump change.”

    See what I mean? Media whores are liars and hypocrites, all.