The unnaturally youthful-looking face of American diplomacy

Thomas Lifson
 

There's so much buzz going around about Secretary of State John Kerry's apparently Botoxed face that the Washington Post's Reliable Sources column to the time to analyze all the other possible reasons the highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War looks just like he recently had some Botox injections.

In the midst of the intense congressional hearings on Syria, many longtime observers had questions that had nothing to do with a possible military strike: Why did Secretary of State John Kerry look so different? His eyes seemed less droopy than usual, his entire face seemed somehow wider.

Dutifully, the Post reports the official explanation: exhaustion and overwork. Right. Everyone knows that long hours of exhausting effort smooth out the wrinkles and render the facial muscles almost paralyzed. And then goes on to list alternatives that could be hypothesized to explain away the signs of Botox. I commend them for their fair mindedness.

What makes me go with the obvious explanation is Kerry's character. A guy who marries two heiresses, and whose entire life has been about creating appearances (as when he threw someone else's medals over the White House Fence in an antiwar demonstration), whose hair is always expensively coifed, whose tailor-made suits are always impeccable, is exactly the kind of guy who would get Botox injections as he cruises through his sixties.

 

There's so much buzz going around about Secretary of State John Kerry's apparently Botoxed face that the Washington Post's Reliable Sources column to the time to analyze all the other possible reasons the highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War looks just like he recently had some Botox injections.

In the midst of the intense congressional hearings on Syria, many longtime observers had questions that had nothing to do with a possible military strike: Why did Secretary of State John Kerry look so different? His eyes seemed less droopy than usual, his entire face seemed somehow wider.

Dutifully, the Post reports the official explanation: exhaustion and overwork. Right. Everyone knows that long hours of exhausting effort smooth out the wrinkles and render the facial muscles almost paralyzed. And then goes on to list alternatives that could be hypothesized to explain away the signs of Botox. I commend them for their fair mindedness.

What makes me go with the obvious explanation is Kerry's character. A guy who marries two heiresses, and whose entire life has been about creating appearances (as when he threw someone else's medals over the White House Fence in an antiwar demonstration), whose hair is always expensively coifed, whose tailor-made suits are always impeccable, is exactly the kind of guy who would get Botox injections as he cruises through his sixties.