President Obama's hair color may just be a barometer for his battles with Congress and all the other disasters that have landed in his lap. (PHOTO CREDIT: Erika Dimmler/CNN)
Washington (CNN) –Mr. Obama's hair, like the mane of those before him, is quickly fading to gray.
He sees it every morning in the mirror, and talks about it on the road.
Warming up the audience this week in Racine, Wisconsin, the President mused about his last visit there during his campaign.
"That's like, is that three years ago?" he asked. "I did not have as much gray hair back then."
Less than two years in office, Mr. Obama's ambitious agenda and unforseen events have weighed on his shoulders and 'dyed' his hair like a Grecian Formula job undone.
Consider the financial meltdown, and the battle over health care reform.
And no one could have imagined the massive Gulf oil crisis, which of late has been further exacerbated by bad weather.
The threat of terrorism is always hanging in the air. Will there be another underwear or Time Square bomber?
And there's Iraq and the increasingly difficult war in Afghanistan.
President Obama's hair color may just be a barometer for his battles with Congress and all the other disasters that have landed in his lap.
Instead of the proverbial Hollywood fade to black, he is fading to gray.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs likes to say that the President can "walk and chew gum at the same time," but even he can't predict if his bosses dark hair will stay in 'lock' step.
At a West Coast fundraiser in May for Senator Barbara Boxer, the President again looked in the mirror and told the audience what he saw. "I know it's been a tough 18 months, and I know, I've got more gray hair." There was laughter in the room as the President used comedy to mask the hardships of the world's most difficult job.
But there's a silver lining to the Presidents salt and pepper top, to be found in the bible. The Old Testament book of Proverbs reads, "gray hair is the crown of splendor. It is attained by a righteous life."
History will have to be the judge.