Aged Obama & Romney Photos Show What 4 Years as President Can Do to a Guy

romney obamaBefore President Obama won re-election this week, he was making the rounds in the battleground states, appearing on all of the news stations doing his stump speech, and every time I saw him, I thought, "Omigosh, he's getting grayer by the minute!" No joke. Turns out, plenty of people have taken note of Obama's rapidly graying hair. And now that he'll remain in the White House for another four years, Bloomberg Business's editors are speculating his hair is only bound to get ... well, whiter!

For the cover of their magazine, they had imaging done to show what our POTUS could very well look like in 2016. And just to be safe, they did Mitt Romney too. And hooo boy, do they look like HELL!

Check 'em out ...

Obama businessweek cover

Mitt Romney businessweek cover

At first I thought these images do seem a bit extreme. But at the same time, we've watched more than one president age rapidly before our eyes. The truth of the matter is that you can visibly see the toll that the presidency takes on a person. Remember what Bill Clinton looked like in 2000 after his eight years -- the last several filled with Monica Lewinsky-Linda Tripp-Ken Starr scandal galore?! Those bags under his eyes were deeper than the Grand Canyon. (Yeah, either he has adopted a serious cucumber regimen or he's gotten plastic surgery to remedy that. And I don't blame him!)

Only time will tell whether or not Obama really shapes up to look like the exhausted grandpa staring at us in the above mag cover. But either way, he's bound to get grayer and grayer. Because he's bound to face difficult challenge after difficult challenge (just hopefully not the same ones over and over again, like dealing with non-stop obstruction from the Party of No).

The good news is that he can handle it. (Perhaps much better Mitt would have, given how Ann said she'd be concerned for her husband's "mental well-being"?) The bad news is that even when we see the very real physical effects of four years with the high-stress gig, I'm not sure we really understand that the president is still a human being. Just one who happens to hold one of the most stressful jobs in the WORLD. And for that, he definitely deserves a bit of compassion.

What do you think about these magazine covers?


Images via Mark Wilson/Getty & Justin Metz/Businessweek

barack obama, 2012 election, white house, politics

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Estel... EstellaHavisham

There is no way Mitt can look that bad. Mormons never age poorly!

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

Obama looks dignified as hell! Though to be honest, he looks damn good after his first four years! But you have a point, it very visibly took a toll on Clinton (who's still lookin good!) and on Bush! Fraid i'm a bit too young to remember anyone really before that!

fleur... fleurdelys3110

Being president is a thankless job. I don't know how Obama can ever sleep with all the stress

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

Being president is such a high stress job u cant really be surprised at how fast they age.

MrsYo2U MrsYo2U

I asked my father in law who he voted for? He said, Obama....we had the talk....at the end he said, Who cares?!  That's my new slogan for every democrat vote that went through the system.
Who cares...if Jared Loughner lives? Who cares the cost will be upwards of $41,307 per year for say 40 years or 1.6+M to the taxpayers of Arizona? Who cares....Gabby Giffords is disabled???  Who cares if America is bankrupt? Who cares?? And when those who do care speak up!? We're too far right.  Well, my left friends...the right is coming to you...because when they've finished taxing the middle class in to poverty they'e coming for you.....but, Who cares about grey hair???

tigge... tigger238

None of these compare to how Lincoln aged. It's amazing how fast he aged during his presidency.

stara... starandseen

No need to imagine. I once read an article with a slide show of some past presidents with a before and after their 4 years in office. The article was saying How much they age on just 4 years. It's tough running the country.

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