Heavy and grey is the head that wears the crown - a lesson that President Obama and many of his predecessors have learned the hard way. When Mr Obama takes the oath of office next Monday marking the beginning of his second term, it will not be the same smooth-cheeked, black-haired man who first joined the exclusive club of leaders of the free world in 2008. Comparing pictures of the 51-year-old commander-in-chief from four years to those taken more recently reveals a startling yet obvious truth: standing at the helm of the U.S. government takes a heavy physical toll. Headline resplit to site style
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That´s nothing compared to how much we´ve aged since he´s been in the White House.
Well... he has spent the last four years worrying that he might not be able to compleely destroy this Nation in just one term...
And now, after four years of unrelenting attacks on the Constitution, the private sector, our legal system, and on every working / productive American Citizen, he is worried that America just might survive another four years.
And THAT would destroy his legacy, which is: He wants to go down in history as the ONLY man powerful and ruthless enough to bring down the Greatest Nation on Earth. He wants to become known as the all time patron saint of Marxists and Socialiss for all time to come.
Either that or he is secretly haunted by the forged Birth Certificate...
I love you guys..... All previous posters have made my day. Thank you for your wit. May God save our country frommthis evil Communist and the hordes ot takers that voted for him. Where are the jobs? The jobs? Jobs? ØbaMugabe, where are the jobs, you incompetent idiot?????
Would his physician tell the truth if Obama was diagnosed with AIDS? I don´t want to hear anything about patients´ right to privacy..Obama canceled that with Obamacare. Take a look at recent photos..Obama is a sick man.
Aged??? BS!...the guy hasn´t done a thing, except play. Golf, Basketball, being President, he´s a pretender at all of them. He and his family are the modern day Beverly Hillbillies. Though he ain´t no Jed Clampett. They act more like Lottery winners than a first family. As the first poster said, we´ve all aged more because of them.
I´ve aged, too, these past four years. My friends all say I need a vacation, to someplace warm, with a beach. Maybe if Obama could scrape together enough money to take his family on a real vacation, once in a while, he would look more rested.
With no more experience than as a community organizer, i.e. shakedown artist, Stinky was and is totally unprepared for the responsibilities of the presidency of our beloved nation. It must have been quite a shock when he was faced with those responsibilities. Enough to turn him gray-- and bring on who knows what mental and physical ailments.
Fret not folks, a Hollywood stylist will be flown on AF #1 to annoit the scalp of the annoited one at the reasonable cost of about five million. The hair will be blackened and the mysterious scar will disappear..
It´s not age, ladies and gents. It´s FLOUR. If you notice, it is ´whiter´ at times, never the same shade. Plain old flour. Trying to pull one on us. Shame, Zippy.
And I´m sure you all know Moo!chelle wears a rug(s). She can´t have much real hair left by now. Just think, we have to keep her in wighats for the rest of her long life. And pay for their occasional cleaning.
Britons have been urged to get out of Yemen amid fears of escalating violence in the country. The Foreign Office has confirmed the British embassy in Sana´a will be closed for two days from Sunday as a "precautionary measure" and issued advice warning against all travel to the country. The FCO also stated that Britons remaining in Yemen are unlikely to be evacuated if the unrest gets worse. [Snip] "If you don´t leave the country now while commercial carriers are still flying it is extremely unlikely that the British Government will be able to evacuate you or provide consular assistance.
Two special dogs who were abandoned as pups formed a close friendship when they were both rescued by a dog shelter, and now the two have been adopted out together to a new ´forever home´. Eve, a Catahoula Leopard Dog mix, was found by a Bear Valley mail carrier as a nine-week-old puppy nearly frozen in a snow drift on Christmas Eve. Dillon is a two-year-old Border Collie cross who was dropped off at a dog boarding kennel--and never picked up again. Eve is deaf and missing one eye; Dillon is completely blind. Staff at the Marley´s Mutts, where the
Officials were accused of using heavy-handed tactics yesterday during a public hunt for illegal immigrants on Britain’s streets. [Snip]A total of 139 suspected immigration offenders were held in raids this week at Tube and train stations in and around London as well as in Durham, Manchester, Wales and Somerset. The Home Office said three people were held at Kensal Rise Tube station in North West London on Thursday--a Ukrainian, a Brazilian and an Indian--and 14 in Walthamstow, East London--eight from Pakistan, two Indians, one Afghan, two Ghanaians and a Nigerian. The operation follows the Home Office’s high-profile campaign urging illegal
Swarms of lawyers are having such a field day claiming payouts that even locals are shocked by the greed. Gil Larpenter was turning his mind to dessert after a lunch of fried chicken, okra and red beans with friends at Li’l Miss Winnie’s, an unprepossessing joint in the sleepy town of Springfield, 60 miles north of New Orleans. The humid stupor of a Southern summer blanketed life outside, dulling all but the indefatigable cicadas chirping away beneath the Spanish moss. But what was exercising Mr Larpenter, a property developer, was the advertisement he had heard on the radio that morning.
Following President Obama´s accusation that Republicans´ investigations into the 2012 Benghazi terror attack constitute a ´phony scandal,´ a GOP congressman has alleged that the administration is hiding witnesses to the deadly military-style assault by relocating them and changing their names. Additional published reports surfacing Thursday allege that the CIA had ´dozens´ of agents on the ground in Benghazi on the night of the attack, including as many as seven wounded, and that they were engaged in an arms smuggling operation.The witness-protection approach to secrecy, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said Thursday night on the Fox News Channel, includes ´changing names
The Food and Drug Administration says an outbreak of stomach illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska is linked to salad mix served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in those states and supplied by a Mexican farm. The outbreak of cyclospora infections has sickened more than 400 people in 16 states in all. The agency says it is working to determine whether the salad mix is the source of illnesses in the other 14 states. ´It is not yet clear whether the cases reported from other states are all part of the same outbreak,´ the agency said in a statement.
S.C. Department of Insurance released the first specifics on Friday about how the federal Affordable Care Act will impact health insurance prices here. [Snip] “Overall, we expect to see average rates increase by 50 to 70 percent in the individual market and 10 to 20 percent in the small group market.” The agency did not estimate how the law will impact premiums for large group plans, which currently cover most residents. Farmer said in the interview that it’s virtually impossible to estimate how much someone’s insurance premiums will increase until Oct. 1, when the new federal health insurance exchange
Dusten Brown suffered a significant blow to his chances of keeping his daughter Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt 3-year-old Veronica’s adoption. The front lines in the Oklahoma man’s legal battle now shift to his home state, where supporters think he stands a better opportunity to foil the adoption by Matt and Melanie Capobianco of James Island. [Snip] That move came after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Indian Child Welfare Act didn’t apply to Brown because he hadn’t been in the child’s life. He used the ICWA in
The night four Americans--including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens--were killed during a terrorist in Benghazi, Libya, last year, there reportedly were dozens of CIA operatives on the ground near the scene that night--and now the spy agency is going to great lengths to keep whatever they were doing there a secret. According to published reports, since January, several CIA operatives involved in the missions in Libya have been forced to submit to multiple polygraph tests--in some cases, operatives were given a test on a monthly basis. According to sources with direct knowledge of the situation, the agency is questioning operatives
UKIP leader Nigel Farage today attacked a culture of political correctness he believes is “terrifying” people from causing offence. He said ordinary people are losing their jobs over fears of doing something accidentally wrong in the workplace. He was commenting after school dinner lady Alison Waldcock, 51, was sacked for serving seven-year-old Muslim pupil Khadija Dar roast gammon. She forgot his dietary needs when she asked him if he wanted the food and when the youngster said yes. The headteacher of Queen Edith Primary School in Cambridge swept the plate away from the pupil just as she was about to
Driving west from Lashkar Gah in Helmand province--a town so supercharged with new money it is sometimes known as Lash Vegas--you quickly come to an impressive array of new projects: a riverside park, a prison, an agricultural training college, all built with British money.[Snip] Seven years ago few in Britain could place Helmand on a map, but it quickly became a byword for the horrors of unrelenting combat in the dust and heat of a foreign land. At the peak of the British deployment nearly 10,000 troops were based in Afghanistan, most here in Helmand. Close to 450 British
So I´d just got back from doing a shop at Aldi (*) last night when I noticed that in my absence I´d been mentioned in 120 new tweets. "Ulp!" I thought. "What have I gone and done now?" In Twitterland, you see, being mentioned in lots of tweets is usually a sign you´ve been naughty (* Aldi´s aged sirloin Aberdeen Angus steak is unsurpassed) [Snip] So, as you do, I had a glance at the self-descriptions of my self-appointed Twitter jury and here are some examples of what I found: "Labour party activist"; "Middle-aged old style socialist"; "leftie"; "Guardian-reading
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy
The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, as a precautionary measure, the State Department said Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed -- only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Sunday is a normal workday in many Arab and Middle Eastern countries. Embassies in Europe and Latin America would be shuttered that day anyway.
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions. KOMO-TV reports that the city´s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive. "Luckily, we´ve got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For ´citizens,´ how about ´residents?´"
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."
Congressional investigators this week released emails suggesting that staff at the Federal Election Commission have been engaged in their own conservative targeting, with help from the IRS´s infamous Lois Lerner. This means more than just an expansion of the probe to the FEC. It´s a new link to the Obama team. In May this column noted that the targeting of conservatives started in 2008, when liberals began a coordinated campaign of siccing the federal government on political opponents. The Obama campaign helped pioneer this tactic. In late summer of 2008, Obama lawyer Bob Bauer took