16 Before & After Photos That Capture the Toll of Being POTUS (PHOTOS)




It's been said that being the President of the United States is the hardest, most grueling job in the world. One thing is for certain: It sure puts years on a person. The premature grey hair, the tired eyes — being the Leader of the Free World really takes a toll on a person's looks.

From Lincoln to Obama, here's proof that being POTUS is no easy task.  Which U.S. president do you think aged the most in office?
 

Images: Left via Dennis Brack/Pool/CNP/Corbis; Right via Ron Sachs/ZUMA Press/Corbis

  • Barack Obama (2009)

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    Image via Dennis Brack/Pool/CNP/Corbis

    Back at the Inaugural Celebration in January 2009, newly minted President Barack Obama had pitch-black hair and a mere 47 years under his belt.

  • Barack Obama (2016)

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    Image via Ron Sachs/ZUMA Press/Corbis

    A bit more than seven years into his presidency, POTUS has gray hair and visible stress lines on his face. Yet he has always managed to maintain his trim physique.

  • Bill Clinton (1993)

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    Image via CORBIS

    This official portrait of Bill Clinton was taken shortly after his inauguration in January 1993. At 46, he had just a sprinkling of gray hair.

  • Bill Clinton (2001)

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    Image via Arnie Sachs/CNP/Sygma/Corbis

    After eight years in office, Bill Clinton was 100 percent gray when he gave his farewell speech from the Oval Office. Even his ahnds look like they've aged quite a bit.

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  • Ronald Reagan (1981)

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    Image via Bettmann/Corbis

    When Ronald Reagan came to the White House in 1981 at age 69, he wore his dark hair slicked back in a pompadour. While there were rumors that he dyed his hair, neither he nor his barber ever admitted it.

  • Ronald Reagan (1989)

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    Image via Robert Maass/Corbis

    Seven months after leaving office, 77-year-old Reagan had more lines on his face but the same jet-black matinee idol hairstyle. 

    One person taking a page from Reagan's playbook is the 2016 Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton. "You're not going to see me turn white in the White House," she told a crowd last May. "I'm aware I might not be the youngest candidate in this race, but I have one big advantage: I've been coloring my hair for years."

  • George W. Bush (2001)

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    Image via Ron Sachs/CNP/Sygma/Corbis

    Taken shortly after his first inauguration in 2001, this portrait of Bush 43 at age 54 shows his hair was just beginning to gray at the temples.

  • George W. Bush (2009)

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    Image via Brooks Kraft/Corbis

    When President George W. Bush appeared at his last live television address to the nation in January 2009, he was certainly more gray!

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  • Jimmy Carter (1977)

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    Image via Corbis

    In 1977, 52-year-old Jimmy Carter came to the White House with just a touch of gray at the temples.

  • Jimmy Carter (1981)

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    Image via Leif Skoogfors/Corbis

    Just four years later, Carter was silver haired as he left office.

  • Abraham Lincoln (1860)

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    Image via Corbis

    While running for President in 1860, 51-year-old Abe Lincoln was beardless and bright eyed. 

  • Abraham Lincoln (1865)

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    Image via Corbis

    Less than five years later, just months into his second term, Lincoln's face had aged markedly due to the stress of guiding the nation through the Civil War. He was assassinated just days after this photo was taken.

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  • Woodrow Wilson (1913)

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    Image via Corbis

    Shortly after his presidency started in 1913, 56-year-old Woodrow Wilson stood tall and straight.

  • Woodrow Wilson (1921)

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    Image via Underwood & Underwood/Corbis

    Guiding the country through World War I and the ensuing peace process took its toll. In 1921, at the end of his presidency, Wilson was still recovering from a stroke he had suffered two years earlier. 

  • Harry Truman (1945)

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    Image via Office of War Information/Corbis

    Harry Truman was 60 when he took office in 1945.

  • Harry Truman (1953)

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    Image via Bradley Smith/Corbis

    Just after his presidency ended in 1953, Truman retired to his hometown of Independence, Missouri, wiser and grayer but still sharp as a tack.

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