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Who says the media isn't focusing on the important stuff?

Helene Cooper writes on the front page of today's New York Times: "Well, that didn’t take long. Just 44 days into the job, and President Obama is going gray....

"'I started noticing it toward the end of the campaign and leading up to inauguration,' says Deborah Willis, who, as co-author of 'Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs,' pored through 5,000 photographs of the first head over the last year.

"Mr. 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....

"For a guy who prides himself on projecting a stress-free demeanor, the changes above his temples are speckled evidence that perhaps the psychological and physical strains of the job — never mind the long process of winning it — are in fact taking something of a toll."

And it's not just the Times. The Washington Post has a similar story on its Style section front today. Philip Rucker writes: "Are times so stressful -- a plummeting economy and two wars -- that our young president is going grayer a mere six weeks into the job?

"Maybe 754 days is more like it. That's how long it's been, if you can believe it, since a baby-faced senator stood in the winter chill in Springfield, Ill., to declare his candidacy for president. With each debate, after every primary fight, it seems Barack Obama's tightly clipped hair became just a dash saltier."

In case you're wondering: "Obama's gray hairs are most prominent around his temples and atop his head, visible more clearly just before his regular trims."

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 5, 2009; 12:35 PM ET
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I imagine that most politicians dye their hair. Just as most actors, CEOs, and other people in the public eye do. Allowing a little gray to show may be an attempt to project a bit more gravitas.

Posted by: fletc3her | March 5, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

This is SO not news. There have been quite a few articles on Obama's graying (and it's been mentioned repeatedly in interviews with him) since before he won the election. I can't believe BOTH the NYT and the WaPo chose to make it into a front-page (or front-of-section) piece on the same day, when there is so much else going on.

Like the Obamas putting in a large set of playground equipment for Malia and Sasha, right outside the Oval Office, for example.

: )

Posted by: herzliebster | March 5, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Well given the mess that he walked into...I'm more shocked that he hasn't resigned or slashed his wrists...
And of course the insurgent Republicans are wringing their hands and acting as if the disaster hit about six weeks ago...oh...the day the President was sworn in....the deficit and the huge national debt certainly isn't of their making.

Posted by: constwkr | March 5, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, there's news the public needs to know in a democracy.

Is this the same corps of journalists that couldn't seem to find Shrub's claims false to fact before invading Iraq? Yet they seem to have so much spare time, enough to inspect 5000 photos. Just imagine if they used some of that time to, oh, I don't know, do some JOURNALISM.

Posted by: jpk1 | March 5, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

They were too busy cowering in the corner...terrified of offending Cheney...and there was little point in asking Bush an intelligent question....I don't think he gave an intelligent answer to ANY question in 8 years...

Posted by: constwkr | March 5, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

It obviously CAN'T have anything to do with the fact that Obama is at an age when MOST men start to get gray hairs.

Posted by: lgaide | March 6, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

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