Barack Obama turned 55 recently. 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 before and after photos will show what sort of effect that stress can have on a person’s health.
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.
10. Barack Obama 2008/2016
Barack Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office and the first president born outside the continental United States.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree.
He worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School between 1992 and 2004. While serving three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, he ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for the United States House of Representatives in 2000 against incumbent Bobby Rush.
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