The presidency and aging
August 4th, 2011
04:01 PM ET

Do presidents age faster in office?

President Barack Obama has had the weight of the free world on his shoulders for 2½ 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.

You'd expect some of that - he is older. But Obama, like his predecessors, has had plenty to do. He's waged battles over economic stimulus, health care and the debt ceiling. He's juggled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; he committed to a campaign over Libya's skies; he chased Osama bin Laden; and he dealt with a massive oil disaster off the Gulf Coast.

It's tempting to think the office makes presidents look older than they are. The George W. Bush who left office in 2009 was not the youthful Bush before 9/11. Bill Clinton's hair was significantly whiter and his eyes baggier after eight years.

Dr. Michael Roizen holds on to what he's said for a while: That presidents effectively age twice as fast while in office.

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  1. Mmmmm

    Hell yeah! cuz their doing so much evil...

    August 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat2u

    YES IT DOES

    August 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. yada

    OH yeah!

    August 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ancient Texan

    I've lived under 13 different presidents and they all have aged a lot under the pressure of the office.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    But, to be fair, when they are done, they never have to work again. Not that *that's* right, necessarily, but that's how it is.. Retire after 8 years.. I'll take it.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    With the issues that face us and an obstructionist Congress , which White House occupant wouldn't age fast.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    I know I've aged faster since the Tea Bags have been in office!! 😉

    August 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    This is the silliest topic ever...
    No, they look ever so much *younger* when they leave...after all, it's nothing but a picnic 24/7 when one is the POTUS.
    Of COURSE they age faster in office!
    What kind of moronic question is that?
    Double *Facepalm*™!!

    August 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • HIKER

      My Dear Banasy...with posts like that, you make my heart flutter baby...come to popa! your talent in the English language is one to behold! always a please to read. Keep up the good work.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jugarnot

    That is sad he looked so youthful til those beast takled him in office

    August 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    Clintons eyes were baggier?? ouch! brutal.

    August 5, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    Hey sista! How ya been? So do presidents age faster while in office?

    August 5, 2011 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    Hi sista! How are you this fine morning? I guess they do. Such long hours and stress take their toll...I take it easy,eat right and exercise. I eat a lot of salmon too,grilled chicken and red wine. Its good for you.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    I think presidents as doctors age quicker. Too much responsibility,long hours, and *stress* We are what we eat. I like grilled chicken too with melted cheddar and heated tomato over it.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    ..."Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" Which president said that? Hint: He never looked stressed out or aged.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. banasy

    It was John F. Kennedy, master of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I've got one for you. "There is nothing to fear,but fear itself."

    August 5, 2011 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
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