Baby-Faced Leader

I got chided on facebook for saying my grandson looks like Winston Churchill. I responded with the old joke that all babies look like Winston Churchill, which only got me in hotter water.

I will let you decide: does he look like Churchill?

Fortunately, which you cannot tell from this photo, his personality is quite the opposite of Churchill’s, who, by all testimony, was a very difficult human being.

Did Churchill look like Churchill as a baby? This is close as I could get.

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I did an image search to find baby pictures of the great man, and it turned up a host of human and animal lookalikes.

What is interesting is that one of the greatest, most charismatic leaders of history had such a baby face. We now understand that the normal human brain is wired to have a strong positive emotional response to babies and the characteristics of babies. Was that all part of his charisma and power or did he have to overcome it? He was such a polished speaker, who knows what rhetorical art he crafted.

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I look like a desert hermit, or like George R. R. Martin, but my bank account does not look like his. By the way, for $20,000 to go to a wolf sanctuary, Martin will write you into and give you a grisly death in the next installment of Game of Thrones.

What role does your face fit?

39 thoughts on “Baby-Faced Leader”

  1. Good morning. I am not sure if I really look like that person I see in mirrors or in photos that show my image. Do those pictures and mirrors show my true appearance? If that really is me in those pictures or in those mirror images? I don’t know where a person who looks tike that fits. To me I look like a person who is lost and doesn’t fit in very well any place. I might fit in as a gardener. However, I don’t know what kind of face is associated with gardening.

    Very interesting posting, Clyde. Thanks.

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    1. As usual, I didn’t do a good job of proof reading. My face is not the face of polished writer, that is for sure.

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        1. As i said, I don’t know what I am. Maybe I am a Frieslander. That’s what I have been told. Polished, I am not.

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  2. all my kids looked like winston churchill and i too got into trouble for sayig so. or maybe it was when i stuck the cigar in their mouth for that finishing touch , i dont remember. i heard churchill was a pretty heavy drinker. it must have been interesting in the olden days to be able to be half schnockered and walk around ruling the country with big hand gestures and pronouncing things as they come to mind in that gravely little growl of a voice and not have the cameras there to put you on the 5 oclock news.
    my face is suited for the job of a radio personality. i could be a aging rock star or a college professor, i loved the scene in one flew over the cukoos nest where all the off center characters were on the bus with jack nicholsons character and they are getting on the boat and he introduces them as professor this and that and you look at them and just the title changes the perception. i loved that moment.
    when introduced i usually respond to the question as to what i do with “i sell stuff” it is surprising how often people wonder if it drugs. i may have a face made for the posters in the post office wall . i dont know.

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  3. Rise and Shine Baby-Faced Baboons!

    Unfortunately, my face (but not my wardrobe) now resembles Aunt Be a on Andy Griffith. Soft, baggy face, double chin. Sigh.

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    1. its funny what we see when we look in the mirror. soft baggy cace double chin is what you see i guess. not me at all. as long as your voice doesnt start doing the aunt bee you are ok.
      my vocal chords hurt just thinking about that falsetto

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  4. You have my sympathy, Jacque. I have avoided a double chin thus far, but I am sure the day will come. My face is best suited for that of someone playing an overworked, middle aged college professor. My dad has a baby face, and could probably play Churchill or Spike Jones. He would enjoy doing both, especially if he could make lots of funny noises with horns.He has quite nice skin, even at his age.

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    1. I have my sympathy, too. I think that is called self-pity. I am 60, I am mobile. I am alive. Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude….aging sucks

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  5. My face looks like one that never quite learned to get out of the way of sharp claws, steel posts, brick walls, flying appendages (elbows), and speeding round projectiles (basketballs). But I’m told I have a nice smile and I feel like I present a non-threatening images to the general public..

    Chris in Owatonna

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    1. they call that charachter. my doctor told me i have lots of charachter as iwas getting the 100th stitch put in my face/head appentdage . love the edward scissorshands visualation you put forth

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      1. I’m impressed, tim! I’ve only got about 20 stitches to go with three nose breaks and a fracture cheekbone. Were you a hockey goalie in your youth? My dad was, before facemasks, and he got his face/head split open once by an errant puck and the stitch count was in double digits (probably not 100 though).

        Chris

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        1. no i was an active youth and had 5 or 6 different 10-20 stitch jobs on nose eyebrows lips cheekbone and then the la la palluza where i was cahsing the girls down the sledding hill and had a sled runner that was a 1940s versuion basically shish kabob my cheek it went in 1/2 left of my mouth hole and came out 1/2 inch from my ear hole and the doc put in 58 0r 68 stitches to get it done. 5 minute accident 5 hour surgetry 5 years of feeling like a kid with the biggest facial scar on the planet but suc=h is life. a little like a boy named sue, a good personality builder/
          i remember the hockey goalies with no masks before all these girly hockey players started needing protection then helmets. geeze might as well start playing it on video so there are no owies. i didnt discover hockey

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        2. Ouch and double ouch! I’m with you on feeling like I stuck out with a scar on my face, though mine is much smaller. Seemed huge and ugly to me at the time.

          Chris

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  6. I could think of my face as a cautionary tale – I thought that maybe not wearing make-up for most of my adult life would help prevent that sagging tendency. Not so much. I remember about 10 years ago pulling my skin up and back as I looked in the mirror, to simulate what plastic surgery would do. I was able to get my face looking 10 years younger,. Not any more.

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    1. I am actually rather wrinkle free, but I do not have the skin of Renee’s dad, in part because of psoriasis, which is really rather minor and shows in a few small patches on my face.

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  7. We went to the Moondogs game last night (summer college league). Wonderful night at ballpark. 75, no wind. Moondogs came back with 5 in the 6th to go ahead by one. Pulled off perfect and unexpected suicide squeeze to score two more in the 8th to win 8-5. We always have to sit in the row right where people walk in front of us because Sandy cannot climb any of the steep stairs. Last night was more fun for those seats. If you brought a dog, you got in free (so Sandy brought me). Lots of dogs of all kinds going by us and lots of little kids, many of whom flirted with me. So again, I say as I have said before on here, my role is Santa Claus.

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  8. I like to think I have the face of a librarian. Not the librarian who directs you to the workstation where you can reserve a computer, but the librarian who used to check out your book for you. The librarian of days gone by. I just need to wear some reading glasses.

    BTW, we have an embarrassment of riches today, a post on Baboondocks too.

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  9. O/T – Steve had to be admitted to a hospital yesterday for atrial fibrillation. This is due to skipping his diuretic for the long drive since it makes him have to pee a few times each hour. His condition isn’t improving. Molly just bought him a cell phone, so any Baboon who wants to call him can: 1-971-263-5781. Ring several times, too.

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      1. She plans to set it up – then she’ll have to teach him how to hear his voice mails! We older folks are often baffled by technology. I haven’t been successful in reaching him either, Tim, but will keep trying.

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  10. My face is pretty much as flexible and expressive as the actor Jim Carrey’s. Seriously – I cannot keep a secret or hide anything I’m feeling in front of other people. This hasn’t helped me be composed or subtle at all over my lifetime.

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    1. “Mission accomplished” refers to having de-cluttered, cleaned out, and thoroughly consolidated a lifetime’s worth of stuff in order to move. He told me that this would result in Molly never having to do all of this. I spoke briefly with him today and he said that the doctors haven’t yet figured out what’s going on.

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  11. My sisters and I were round faced Churchill babies but our brother was born with dark hair and looked more like Walter Matthau.

    For many years my face fit the teaching role … or else it was a good faker. On another note, my chops have always fit the sticky caramel type and also the cinnamon.

    Nice job, Clyde. I need to read more about WC. Some of those pictures of him look a little like Donald Trump without the comb over.

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  12. My face is that of a sturdy Lutheran Church Basement Woman. Not that I spend a lot of time in church basements of any stripe. It does, however, mean that I seem to have a trustworthy or at least approachable face…maybe I should take up professional poker. No one would expect a motherly looking face like mine to hide a card sharp behind it.

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