Obama Has Aged, Just Not as Much as Our Cover Predicted

The election is making us all grayer, Obama included.
Photo illustration by Justin Metz

When President Obama won a second term in 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek put him on the cover—the way we imagined he might look after four years of battling Congress, watching over the economy, and everything else we couldn’t begin to predict at the time. (We also had an aged picture of Mitt Romney ready in case he won.)

It’s time to check back and see how we did. Not so great, it turns out. The president looks a lot more youthful than he did on our cover, as you can see below, although we did get the hair right. The president IS a lot grayer than he was four years ago. That said, we won’t judge: No matter whom you support for president, this crazy election season probably gave you a few gray hairs, too.

President Barack Obama at the opening ceremony of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2016.

President Barack Obama at the opening ceremony of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Sept. 24, 2016.

Photographer: Olivier Douliery for Bloomberg

As I write, we're designing this week's cover. Again, we're working on more than one option. I think this time, we'll leave the aging thing out of it. We'll let you guess.

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