Do presidents age faster in office?
August 4th, 2011
10:14 AM ET
11 years ago

Do presidents age faster in office?

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has had the weight of the free world on his shoulders for 2.5 years, and he might be starting to look like it.

At 50, which he turns Thursday, his hair is a little grayer, and his face and neck are a little more creased, than on the day he took office in January 2009.


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  1. gt

    i am sure the stress is terrible...i hate to see what he looks like 2 more yrs...

    August 4, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS/ConservaTERRORISTS

    They clearly age faster. You'd age faster as well if you had to deal with Congress.

    August 4, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Hell yeah they age – and at an incredibly accelerated rate.

    August 4, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    You know, this aging thing didn't become apparent until the space age. Presidents age at a normal rate, but they have technology that allows them to spend more time on problems.

    Presidents have one of those phone booths that travel through time. They use it to consult with historical figures from the past. Heck, they could spend a week talking to Abe Lincoln and be gone for only a minute.

    So while Obama says that he is 50, that only 30 months or so have passed since he took office. That's not true for him. He's actually aged 4 years due to time spent in his time machine comtemplating the wonders of politics. Too bad he doesn't use it to go into the future to spy on opponents once in a while.

    August 4, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    In a word......yes.

    August 4, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. JOE

    Yea, especially when that president inherits from the previous administration two wars and the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression. Not to mention, all the deliberate roadblocks and policy delaying tactics by the GOP and their anti-American communist Tea Party. Yea, that would make your fricking hair gray.

    August 4, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Ed Texas

    I know Obama has aged a lot in a couple years. Who wouldn't having to deal with a radical, right wing, t-bagger, GOP Congress who is bent on making his job extremely difficult.

    August 4, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. bb

    Other than a few more gray hairs and the difference between good lighting and harsh sunlight – there's not much difference between the two photos above.

    If you want to see aging – look at the unemployed middle class in this country who have been through the stress wringer.

    August 4, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    All those golf outings and campaign funders rasiers take a heavy toll... He certainly didn't get those creases in his neck from sticking it out!!

    August 4, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Ohio man

    I feel like i have aged n gotten grey ever since the tea party came into play and thats just by watching & reading the daily news.. and listening to Paling ramble .. ochhhhh thats like getting stabbed with a rusty butter knife in the ear.. gezzzzzzzz

    August 4, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. John, PA

    So much partying takes its toll on him; it takes a lot of effort to destroy the greatest nation on the planet.

    August 4, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. John, PA

    There is a solution; Obama can resign now!

    August 4, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    "I feel like i have aged n gotten grey ever since the tea party came into play and thats just by watching & reading the daily news.. and listening to Paling ramble .. ochhhhh thats like getting stabbed with a rusty butter knife in the ear.. gezzzzzzzz"
    Does the DNC give you bots extra credit for getting "tea party" and "Palin" in your posts, regardless of the subject?

    August 4, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Well, Reagan didn't *look* like he aged, but he sure sounded like it.

    August 4, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Meanwhile, the Dow is inching towards "correction territory", gold is setting all-time highs on a daily basis, the dollar is lower against all non-banana republic currencies, gas is nearing $4, unemployment is 9.2%, factory orders are down, cunsumer sentiment is at historic lows.

    Hey, I've got a GREAT idea. Let's print some more money and spend it!!!!

    August 4, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Yes I'm sure... because NOBODY else in the world faces stress or turns gray once they are in their upper 40s or 50s...

    August 4, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. kat

    Please agfe faster. We need you out of the White House as soon as possible, before your administration totally ruins our economy

    August 4, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Marie MD

    Well doh! The President has inherited all the mess the shrub left behind plus he has to work with a bunch of teabagging clowns that have said from the moment he was elected that they wantt him to be a one term president and who show very little respect to his position or the future of our countfy.
    Evev tge shrub as stupid as he was never had to go through this.
    Time for the rethugs to go in 2012!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR PRESIDENT

    August 4, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |