Why Obama Is Really Turning Gray

Tait Trussell is a national award-winning writer, former vice-president of the American Enterprise Institute and former Washington correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.


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Mrs. Obama went on to mention, for the information of those who have not had their ears numbed by the thousands of prime-time nightly campaign speeches Obama has made, “This next year will challenge us all to work harder than ever before. But the crucial thing is that you’re here now, early on, helping to build this campaign.” The First Lady added that she and her daughters wanted supporters to send birthday wishes to the president by signing an electronic card.

“Your names and notes will become part of a book that will tell the story of this campaign—who’s building it, why we’re in this thing and what it means to us. We’ll deliver a copy to Barack and send one to our campaign offices across the country.” Old-fashion folks who expect birthday cakes to be a central attraction should know that’s passé. The First Family will celebrate the president’s birthday at two private events with friends and staff and the White House. The really important celebrations were two birthday-themed campaign fundraisers in Chicago and his speeches via video conference to more than 1,160 grassroots house parties in his honor all around this great celebratory former land of the free.

Mrs. Obama, as an obesity warrior, probably lacks the scientific knowledge about why hair really turns gray. Does eating turkey make you sleepy? That is what’s known as an old wive’s tale. So is the notion that stress turns your hair gray. Robert Shmerling of Harvard Health publications writes: If you look at photos of President Obama taken before he ran for President and then more recently, you’ll notice a distinct difference. Where there used to be only dark brown hair, there are now areas of gray dotting the landscape. It seems that the stress of running a country would turn any person’s hair gray. But is stress really to blame? And why does hair turn gray even for those of us who don’t have jobs quite as stressful as President Obama’s.

“Stress doesn’t actually turn hair gray…so hair cannot suddenly turn gray if you are under a great deal of stress….Your hair follicles produce less color as they age. So, when hair goes through its natural cycle of dying and being regenerated, it’s more likely to grow in as gray,” says Schmerling.

As much as Michelle Obama or any other Obama supporters would like to portray the president as gray from concern over Americans, Obama has shown that his only grave concern is how to hang on as president, which, according to opinion polls he’s doing by a hair.

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  • Roger Graziani

    A typical Republican response to an satircal statement from a Democrat. You get gray hair because you are incompetent. Wow that is a new arguement for gray hair. Someone better tell George Bush II that because he sure grayed up during his term in office. Hmmm let's health care didn't work…hmmm…seeing as the REPUBLICANS gutted the plan that could cause a few gray hairs, stimulus didn't work…hmmmm…it seems that Crysler and GM don't think so…so add a few gray hairs for that…a 3rd war in the MIdeast (which we have no troops) while fighting two REPUBLICAN wars…hmmm a few more gray hairs. Could it be that Michelle is right after all!!!!???

    • leo_the_lion

      You are of course an idiot. The Chrysler and GM bailouts had nothing to do with the "stimulus" which was designed to create jobs (it didn't). GM and Chrysler were bailed out from the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) originally passed by the Bush Administration but intended for banks and financial institutions, not car companies.

      Do facts give you a headache?

  • kafir4life

    The reason Obama's hair is turning grey is because he thinks it will play out well for his JOB (singular) program. Ever since he's taken office (and before) JOB was his number one, two, and three highest priority. It's all about JOB. He thinks that one is enough, if it's the right one. And the unemployment rate among friends of Barry is at an all time low.

  • voted against carter

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    THE eCONomy REALLY, REALLY IS IMPROVING!! No REALLY,.. IT IS,..

    PIGS REALLY DO FLY!!!!

    WHITE HOUSE TRIES TO CLARIFY 1967 BORDER REMARKS: 

                                  "ONLY A ‘STARTING POINT"

    PROVEN FACT,… JOE BIDEN REALLY IS the SMARTEST MAN ALIVE!!!

    AL GORE REALLY REALLY DID INVENT THE INTERNET!!!

    UNICORNS and FAIRY dust ARE REAL!!!!

    NEW INFINITELY re-usable ENERGY SORCE FOUND,…
    PIXIE DUST ON THE MOON!!!!

    More from NPR, CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, AP, TIME, NY POST, …

  • voted against carter

    ***NEWS FLASH******NEWS FLASH******NEWS FLASH***

    THIS JUST IN…..

    Jimmy Carter loses "WORST U.S. PRESIDENT EVER" tittle to Barack Obama!!!

    Barack Obama takes "WORST U.S. PRESIDENT EVER" title from Jimmy Carter.
    Carter was notified late yesterday of the loss. Carter expressed bitter disappointment at the loss. Carter stated that when he was president, he worked hand in hand with the Mid-East Anti American Coalition to obtain the tittle and was assured by Mid-East Anti American Coalition that the "WORST U.S. PRESIDENT EVER" title would be his for at least the next 100 years.

    Obama was proud of his accomplishment and stated that THIS title he has ACTUALLY EARNED!!!!!!

    Not like his Nobel prize that he received for JUST SHOWING UP!!!

    ***NEWS FLASH***Obama THE WORST U.S. PRESIDENT EVER!!!

  • TexExpatriate

    Obama's hair is turning gray for the same reason Bill Clinton's turned gray. Either absence of dark hair dye or presence of gray hair dye. That's all.

  • Dennis X

    bush turned gray, so did Clinton, raygun didn't and there was no hair dye available to the masses he used soooo much. Of course President Obama is different because he's the first Black President, race has nothing to do with it, right!

  • BLJ

    The guy is aging. He is not a God despite what he thinks. Michelle doesn't want to lose her free vacation credit card. She is as big of a tool as Comrade O.

    • kafir4life

      It's fortunate that they have two little girls for when the sheiks come to visit. It saves them the trouble and money of having to rent some.

  • Fred Dawes

    The reason why is his hair is powed and the make-up guy had to work OT On obama, one of many people i know just got back from washington and saw the monkey being fix up to look old..ITS MAKE-UP BOYS Not old age.

  • theleastthreat

    It's certain he's not getting gray hair worrying over his treatment by the NYT or Time or Newsweek or MSNBC or (fill in the blank)________________.

  • alexander

    Dow Schmow, Nasdaq Schmasdaq– minus well show Chinese companies and brag how good they are doing, e.g.China Telecom, China Mobile Limited, Sinopec…
    Why?
    Some companies are making profit selling in USA goods made by Chinese people, while Americans cannot find a job.. :( Every economic index is a sham…

  • elihew

    I'm not sure why the Hussein's hair is turning grey, but I do know that having to look at that smug, narcissistic face plastered all over the news everyday is giving ME grey hair…

    • scum

      stop it now, silly man.

  • scum

    Bush took more vacations than any president in American history. Gray hair has little to do with anything, other than standard aging. Moreover, Obama is the only president I can remember who actually said 'My family is OK with a one-term presidency.' Hardly a statement to someone desperately hanging on to his dictatorial robes, as characterized by the far-right on FPM.

  • topperj

    We can expect more "brilliance" from Michelle as the campaign wears on…and on…and on.

  • LikeASir

    @leo_the_lion: I trust your mother did not teach you to call people idiots. The stimulus plan wasn't directly intended to create jobs, knowing that job creation and availability is not an accurate indication of economic growth and stability. The candidates always yap on about job creation because individuals with little education can easily relate to such a term. The stimulus was intended to create economic confidence, which is a comodity far more valuable than then number of available jobs. Unfortunately, Obama's enemies did all they could to diminish confidence and then blame the fallout on Obama's "failing" plan…even if it wasn't really failing. Here is a good write up about the stimulus plan: http://useconomy.about.com/od/candidatesandtheeco

    @voted against carter: I can directly see an improvement to our economy. It is apparent. Which economy are you referring to?
    As for '67 border issues, here's a decent article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/world/middleeas
    As for the Al Gore bit, here's a good quote: "Instrumental in helping to create the 'Information Superhighway,' Gore was one of the first government officials to recognize that the Internet's impact could reach beyond academia to fuel educational and economic growth as well"
    That comes from when he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. Read about that here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2012/04/25/al-gore-in

    @kafir4life: Wow. Really? That's low, man. That's really low. I just cannot believe you would even suggest that.