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Talking Presidential Politics At the Barber Shop

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The presidential race is over, but people certainly haven't stopped talking about the 2012 Election. At a Rochester barber shop, that, and just about everything else, is up for debate.

At Glover's Barber Shop on South Avenue, a haircut costs 12 bucks.

Opinions are on the house.

"They never could cross party lines, make a deal and do what's best for the citizen," said Robert Perry.

If it happened, someone will be talking about it.

"We talk about everything in here,” said Lamar Marshall, a barber. “Politics, sports, everything, know what I'm sayin’?"

"There's two things happen. You had the earthquake that supposedly shifted the earth, and global warming going on at the same time,” said David Reese, a barber.

Barber shops, by nature, give much more than a haircut.

"Everybody comes in, talks, makes it like home here,” Marshall said.

"Name one thing that got cheaper. Other than double cheeseburgers at McDonald’s,” said Reese.

"You vote for the first time?” Lamar asked.

"This election was so crucial to the world and to people. Felt like by me voting I could make a difference,” said Brendon Alston.

It's only fitting that after the presidential election, most of the talk centered around the presidential race.

"I was watching all the news channels, back to back, watching all the numbers, had my computer and it was like my brain was at overload,” Reese said.

You might not find many Mitt Romney fans at Glovers.

"Oh, not in here,” said Ronnie Glover, the owner.

"He never once would say he would even consider raising the taxes on the rich, because if he did that there, he would hurt his bank, the people that were supporting him,” Perry said.

These are Obama people.

"His speech was so awesome to me, because it was like we were witnessing history,” Reese said.

"The everyday conversation with people, that's what I like about it,” Glover said.

What makes a trip to Ronnie Glover's shop so special is the back and forth.

"We're gonna agree and disagree on some things and that's normal,” said Reese.

"The only thing I got tired of was the negative comments and things that was made,” Glover said. "I got tired of it; every time you turn on the TV there were so many commercials, and there were things, you knew some of it wasn't true."

Election season may be over.

"This guy right here? If something's going on in town he knows about it,” Marshall said.

These experts aren't going anywhere.

"Mr. Informer right there."

If you didn't know what was going on around Rochester – and the world – walking in to Glover's, you will by the time you leave.

"It's almost like this is my living room, people come in here and hang out with me. They just happen to be getting a haircut while they're here,” Reese said.

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