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Obama congratulates speechwriter on award, ‘terrible beard’

President Obama covertly taped a video to congratulate Cody Keenan, his top speechwriter, for winning an alumni award from his alma mater — and chide him for growing a “terrible beard.”

“Over the years, I’ve come to rely on Cody not only as a brilliant writer, but somebody who is focused on doing right by the American people every single day,” Obama says on the video, which surfaced Tuesday. “That’s true even when he grows a terrible beard.”

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