Barack Obama turns 55 today. Running one of the largest, most prosperous and most powerful nations in the world as the President of the United States is a stressful task, and these photos will show what sort of effect that stress can have on a person's health.


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The majority of the presidents pictured here spent about 8 years in the presidency, so one could argue that they would have aged one way or another. The stress of their work, however - even for those who spent only 4 or less years in office - definitely speeds up the natural aging process.

The four years of Abraham Lincoln's presidency, the most tumultuous in America's history as a nation, left an especially obvious mark on the beleaguered president, and this may have been exacerbated by certain potential medical conditions as well.

Being the president or prime minister of any country can be a stressful experience. If you have a before-and-after photo of your country's leader, please submit it below!

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#1 Barack Obama 2008/2016

Barack Obama 2008/2016

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Rømain Jeangerard 4 months ago

Even his tie got greyier...

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#2 Abraham Lincoln 1861/1865

Abraham Lincoln 1861/1865

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ShenenehJ 4 months ago

Wow.

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#3 Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933/1945

Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933/1945

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varwenea 4 months ago

Well, 12 years and a world war sure can wear a person down..

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#4 Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953/1961

Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953/1961

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I Can Fly! 4 months ago

OMG he looks almost exactly the same in those 2 pics!

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#5 Harry S. Truman 1945/1953

Harry S. Truman 1945/1953

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Ginger Prudholme 4 months ago

Racial tensions and civil rights groups aged the heck outta him. He probably had threats on his life. He was so stubborn, but knew what needed to be done. He just didn't do it. Aged him a lot. Doing the wrong thing will.

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#6 Ronald Reagan 1981/1989

Ronald Reagan 1981/1989

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varwenea 4 months ago

He actually looks about the same to me.

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#7 John F. Kennedy 1961/1963

John F. Kennedy 1961/1963

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Jainu Jogani 4 months ago

did he just get younger?

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#8 Richard Nixon 1969/1973

Richard Nixon 1969/1973

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Levente Krisztián Büte 4 months ago

Nixon didn't get older, he just went FullHD instead. :D

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#9 Bill Clinton 1993/2001

Bill Clinton 1993/2001

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Lauren Whitman 4 months ago

An official portrait and a candid shot, hardly a fair comparison.

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