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 US presidents pictured here spent about eight 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 four 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.

Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and even John F. Kennedy, with his untimely short presidency, all ended their terms with clearly visible changes in their health. Being the president or prime minister of any country can be a stressful experience.

A president is what half of the kids want to be when they grow up, but there are some clearly visible disadvantages in this line of work. See our picks of the famous presidents before and after photos below.

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#1 Barack Obama 2008/2016

Barack Obama 2008/2016

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Rømain Jeangerard 2 years ago

Even his tie got greyier...

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#2 Abraham Lincoln 1861/1865

Abraham Lincoln 1861/1865

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ShenenehJ 2 years ago

Wow.

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#3 Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933/1945

Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933/1945

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varwenea 2 years 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! 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

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