Obama is going gray, 44 days after assuming US presidency

March 5th, 2009 - 5:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama

Washington, Mar.5 (ANI): President Barack Obama is going gray, 44 days after assuming office as the 44th President of the United States.
It happens to all of them. Bill Clinton still had about half a head of brown hair when he took office but was a silver fox two years later, and George W. Bush went from salt and pepper to just salt in what seemed like a blink of an eye, reports the New York Times.
“I started noticing it toward the end of the campaign and leading up to inauguration,” said Deborah Willis, who, as co-author of “Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs,” pored through 5,000 photos of the first head over the last year.
Obama’’s graying is still of the flecked variety, and appears to wax and wane depending on when he gets his hair cut, which he does about every two weeks.
His barber, who goes by only one name, Zariff, takes umbrage with bloggers who claim Obama, 47, is either dyeing his hair gray (to appear more distinguished) or dyeing it black (to appear younger). “I can tell you that his hair is 100 percent natural,” Zariff said. “He wouldn”t get it colored.”
For all of his 16 years giving Obama his “quo vadis” haircut black parlance from the 1960s for close-cut locks Zariff said he is not about to start ribbing Obama. “We do not tease about the gray at all,” he said.
For a guy who prides himself on projecting a stress-free demeanor, the changes above his temples are speckled evidence that perhaps the strains of the job may be fact taking a toll.
Obama seems to have noticed it at least as far back as last summer. “I”ve been running for president for about 19 months now,” he told supporters in Virginia in August. “Folks are noticing that I”ve got a lot more gray hair now than when I started.”
But with the economy struggling, two wars raging and countless other pressures facing him, the president is very likely to see additional signs of wear and tear in the mirror each morning.
Obama’’s aides have not been giving him any grief. But since he has what is probably the most photographed hair in the world right now, noted authorities in coping with his condition are freely offering their advice.
Former basketball star Walt Frazier said Wednesday that Obama should start dyeing his hair. (ANI)

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