No More Baby Face: Long Campaign Is Aging Obama

Rigors of the campaign trail giving candidate some welcome wrinkles
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2008 6:50 AM CDT
In this file photo from Oct. 16, 2006, Barack Obama, takes part in a news conference in support of Indiana Democrats.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy,File)
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(Newser) – "By the time I’m sworn in, I will look the part," Barack Obama quipped to donors Wednesday. Indeed, the long and grueling campaign is swiftly aging the relatively fresh-faced candidate, Politico writes; he's showing more wrinkles and his hair is getting grayer by the day. In sharp contrast to the unflattering coverage given to erstwhile rival Hillary Clinton's appearance, however, many say that Father Time is giving Obama's image a boost.

"A little weathering is good,” says a public relations expert, noting that "a little roughness around the edges, a few gray hairs and a little wrinkles around his face" make Obama look more presidential and less baby-faced when compared to his 71-year-old opponent.