Here Is Obama's (Grayer) New Portrait

Before pointing, one blogger suggests looking at your own photos

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 18, 2013 11:10 AM CST

(Newser) – The White House today released President Obama's new official portrait ahead of his inauguration, reports the Huffington Post. Contrast it with his 2009 portrait (it's in the gallery) and you will see that, gasp, that the 51-year-old has noticeably grayer hair. Two schools of thought here:

  • The presidency takes a toll because of the "unabated, unfathomable stress" of the job, says the Washington Post, which offers a look at before-and-after photos of presidents throughout history.
  • OK, fine, it's a stressful job, writes Alex Balk at the Awl. "But take a look at a picture of yourself from four or more years ago," he writes. "You're not exactly going gracefully, are you?"
Meanwhile, Michelle Obama debuted a "bangtastic" new look, click to check it out.

The president's official new portrait.
The president's official new portrait.   (Pete Souza/White House)
President Obama's portrait from 2009.
President Obama's portrait from 2009.   (White House)
President Obama in photos from Oct. 7, 2009, left, and Nov. 28, 2012.
President Obama in photos from Oct. 7, 2009, left, and Nov. 28, 2012.   (AP Photo, File)
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