As the first of the presidential debates came to a close last night, both the Obama and Romney families rushed the stage to greet their respective patriarchs. Naturally, we zeroed in on the wardrobe choices of First Lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney. Most noticeable, however, was Mrs. Romney's shorter hair. Was she trying to look more first lady-like?

Michelle Obama, usually a shapeshifter on the hair front (she's worn bouffant-y half-up, half-down styles, swooping side bangs and pulled-back ballerina buns), looked reserved with a curled-under bob last night at the debate. And now it seems Ann Romney is jumping on board with the style. Perhaps in an attempt to appear as First Lady-like as possible, her new shorter hair might have been more politically strategic than it first seemed.

How do you guys feel about Ann's haircut? Take a look at her new style, as well as other prime First Lady hair examples through the years.

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  • Jacqueline Kennedy, 1960

    <a href="http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/" target="_hplink">First Lady</a> hair as we know it started around <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/30/natalie-portman-as-jackie_n_1926850.html" target="_hplink">Jacqueline Kennedy</a>'s reign in the early '60s. Getty

  • Jacqueline Kennedy, 1962

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  • Lady Bird Johnson, 1963

    The overly-coiffed hairstyle really took form when Lady Bird Johnson arrived at the White House in 1963. (Perhaps coinciding with the <a href="http://www.fashionencyclopedia.com/fashion_costume_culture/Modern-World-1946-1960/Hair-Spray.html" target="_hplink">takeoff of aerosol hairspray in the early '60s</a>?) Getty

  • Pat Nixon, 1968

    And as we saw with Pat Nixon, Betty Ford and Roslyn Carter, basically all first ladies have followed suit with this similar hairstyle. Getty

  • Betty Ford, 1974

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  • Rosalyn Carter & Betty Ford

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  • Rosalyn Carter, 1977

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  • Nancy Reagan, 1983

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  • Barbara Bush, 1989

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  • Hillary Clinton, 1998

    Even <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/09/27/hillary-clinton-doodles-during-united-nations-summit-pictures_n_1918369.html?just_reloaded=1" target="_hplink">Hillary Clinton</a>, who once wore her hair long and straight (<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/25/hillary-clinton-style-evolution_n_1031145.html" target="_hplink">occasionally pulled back with a headband</a>), fell victim to the First Lady crop siren song when she chopped off her hair later in her husband's presidency. Getty

  • Hillary Clinton, 1998

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  • Laura Bush, 2005

    Like the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/first-ladies" target="_hplink">first ladies of yore</a>, there tends to be a natural gravitation for presidential wives to cut their hair into a short, bobbish style. Getty

  • Michelle Obama, 2012

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  • Michelle Obama, 2012

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  • Michelle Obama & Ann Romney, 2012

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Cropped haircuts have become a rite of passage for presidential wives.