The Graying of the President Staff
Posted: Jun 15, 2011 9:15 AM
The Graying of the President
When President Obama stopped by a factory in North Carolina earlier this week, a worker showed him a photo he took with the president three years earlier on the campaign trail—a reminder that life in the White House isn’t necessarily conducive to aging gracefully.

“I looked so much younger then,” Obama mused. “So it’s true, I’ve got a lot more gray hair now than I did the last time I visited. But I have a better plane, so it’s a fair trade.”

Most polls show Obama has managed to keep his approval ratings above his disapproval ratings—a nifty feat considering his presidency has been dogged by high unemployment rates, three wars, and spending and deficit-reduction battles with GOP lawmakers. But the president light-heartedly acknowledges that Father Time and the stress of the office are getting the best of him.