It was just a haircut. But in the eyes of the American people, it represented so much more.
The follicular fable hit the front pages of newspapers from The New York Times and Los Angeles Times to The Boston Globe. The Washington Post blared that this single act of hair-shortening amounted to “the most famous haircut since Samson’s” as the scandalette grew into a crisis awarded the title “Hairgate.”
Big surprise — it starred someone named Clinton.
It was reported that in May 1993 then-President Bill Clinton received what at the time was considered an outrageously expensive $200 haircut by Belgian-American hair snipper Christophe Schatteman, known professionally — like Beyoncé and Hillary — by only his first name. He performed his mane magic on the prez’s noggin not while on an emergency call to the White House, but aboard Air Force One as the plane idled on the tarmac of Los Angeles International Airport. Two runways were shut down for an hour.
Ultimately, journalists’ investigations into Federal Aviation Administration records concluded that no commercial airliners experienced delays because of the haircut, although an unscheduled air-taxi flight was held up for two minutes. The Washington Post later reported that Bill Clinton paid less than $150 for the trim.
Well, it’s déjà vu all over again.
One would think Hillary Rodham Clinton would have learned by now to snag a $12 senior-citizen discount for a shearing at Supercuts on Montague Street (shampoo, blow dry and tip costs extra) near her Brooklyn Heights campaign headquarters. But no . . .
With an enormous entourage in tow, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination sailed into Bergdorf Goodman in the heart of Manhattan last month as part of the store was put on lockdown. There, she underwent a haircut at the swanky John Barrett Salon at an estimated cost of $600, more than some Americans bring home in a week. Staffers closed off one side of Bergdorf, and she was seen being ushered through a side door, riding to a private area of the ninth-floor salon on an elevator that was off limits to mere mortals, Page Six’s Emily Smith reported.
Hillary regularly sees salon owner John Barrett, who charges ordinary customers $600 per haircut and blowout, while hair color can cost $600 more. But her reps did not disclose how much, or if, she paid.
She emerged sporting a new feathered hairdo.
The episode reveals volumes about the entitled woman who would be president.
Hillary has long suggested that the media’s frequent preoccupation with her appearance is motivated by sexism. But I submit that her own obsession with superficialities speaks to her own failings.
Here is a woman of the 1 percent masquerading as a populist, a lady so entitled and tone deaf to the struggles of ordinary citizens that she sees no problem with lording her privilege over the masses. It was just a haircut. But Hillary’s stunning refusal to take responsibility for her actions, big and small, rules her every move.
Last year, she said she and her husband, millionaires many times over, were not only “dead broke but in debt” when they left the White House in 2001. (After an outcry, she took back the “broke” claim, saying she and her hub are “obviously blessed” and care about the little people.)
Now the FBI is investigating the extent to which the former secretary of state may have sent, received and stored classified documents on her “home brew’’ e-mail server and other private devices — potentially compromising government security. Sources told The Post that this amounts to a “criminal probe,” but Hillary insisted while campaigning in Iowa Saturday that “I never sent classified material on my e-mail, and I never received any that was marked classified.”
Last week, Hillary turned over to the feds three thumb drives stored in her lawyer’s office, plus her e-mail server, which had been wiped clean.
“You may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account,” Hillary joked at a campaign appearance in Iowa Saturday, Business Insider reported. “I love it. I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves.”
She blamed the e-mail fracas on “politics” — meaning Republican haters. How long can she laugh this off?
Meanwhile, 57 percent of voters don’t think Hillary is honest and trustworthy — and 52 percent think she doesn’t care about their needs and problems, the latest Quinnipiac University poll found.
Hillary Clinton sees herself as a superstar who deserves special treatment, a woman to whom ordinary rules of conduct don’t apply.
She desperately needs a makeover — from the inside.
The good life – for monsters
During a visit to Connecticut’s death row, former prosecutor, author and capital-punishment fan Professor Robert Blecker went ballistic after seeing a Hershey bar in the cell of depraved monster Steven Hayes.
“That someone could go in and rape and murder a family and burn them alive could end up on death row, take his afternoon nap, wake up and watch his color TV and suck on a Hershey bar . . . It appalled me!’’ Blecker, a criminal-law prof at New York Law School, told me in 2012.
It’s time to be appalled again.
Connecticut’s highest court last week ruled that the 11 men on the state’s death row will not be executed. State government wimps already abolished the death penalty in the state going forward.
This grants long and fat taxpayer-subsidized lives in prison to subhumans Hayes, 52, and Joshua Komsarjevsky, 35, who went on a spree of rape and murder after invading the Cheshire home of the Petit family in 2007.
There is no justice while these creatures breathe.
Keep these covers under cover
A random magazine cover line reads, “52 HOLY S@*!T SEX MOVES.’’ No, it’s not Hustler. It’s Cosmopolitan.
A campaign to conceal Cosmo “pornography’’ from kids is being led by born-again Christian Victoria Hearst. Cosmo is a cornerstone of her family fortune.
Walmart and other retailers have agreed to conceal smutty covers from kids in stores, using plastic blinders.
But Cosmo’s editor-in-chief, Joanna Coles, saucily told The Post’s Media Ink columnist, Keith J. Kelly, that she has no time to debate the issue because she’s too busy “encouraging American women to have more and better orgasms.’’
The kids are in trouble.
Truth about scaregivers
My column in which I argued that looks are irrelevant to husbands who cheat on their spouses with nannies struck fear into the hearts of some readers. One New York City matron who employs a plain child-caregiver. told me, “I can’t sleep.’’
Christine Ouzounian, 28, who happens to be hot, is the ex-child minder of Ben Affleck, 43, and Jennifer Garner, 43. Her alleged romp with Affleck brought about the couple’s impending divorce.
Why not install a nanny cam or hire a manny?
Ladies (and dudes), if your man is needy enough to frolic with an underling, chances are good that your marriage is doomed.