When Barack Obama campaigns on “change,” does he mean his hair color?
The answer may not be certain, but for all those wondering how to win the battle against a graying head of hair, perhaps winning a presidential election is the answer.
Photos of Obama before and after Election Day show a marked difference in the tint on his noggin.
Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner was among those who noticed the change, writing, “President Obama’s re-election didn’t just put a bounce in his step. It appears that it also erased his gray hair. Appearing in the East Room Wednesday for his post-election press conference, the chatty Obama displayed a head of rich, black hair. Photos and even the White House live stream of the session showed no more gray. But just a week ago, at the end of his campaign, the president had a head of salt and pepper hair with lots more gray.”
Ironically, on Oct. 25, when Mr. Obama cast his own early ballot, he was asked to show his I.D.
“Now ignore the fact that there’s no gray hair on that picture,” Obama joked to an election official at the time. “I’m just glad I renewed my driver’s license.”
This summer, during a push for campaign donations, the president cited his gray hair.
His plea said, “In 2008 everything was new and exciting about our campaign. And now I’m the incumbent president. I’ve got gray hair.”
And in October 2008, at the annual Al Smith dinner, candidate Obama blamed Hillary Clinton for his gray hair, saying, “She is the primary reason I have all this gray in my hair now.”
Obama’s freshly darkened hair is already being spoofed online, with comments such as:
- “He is using Grecian Formula for the economy, too. Watch it go dark.”
- “If he left it gray, he would look too much like Frank Marshall Davis.”
- “The ‘gray’ reminded me of all the bottles of White-Out needed to cover-up his Kenyan tracks.”
- “Black, gray, same old Red to me.”