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Portraits of 10 US Presidents Before and After Their Time in Office

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Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 and 1945

A couple of months ago we shared a series of before and after portraits that showed you what Warped Tour musicians looked like before and after rocking out on stage. This series is similar… only the people in the photos did something quite a bit more difficult than playing Warped: they ran the United States of America for anywhere between 2 and 12 years.

The before-and-after diptychs, originally curated by the Huffington Post‘s Chris McGonigal, show 10 US presidents before and after their time in office. For most of those pictured (with a few notable exceptions), this meant 8 years of unimaginable stress and responsibility that left them grayer and more haggard than your standard 8 years of day-to-day life.

Wars, scandals and political upheaval, all took their tolls in gray hairs, deepening scowls and well-carved wrinkles. Here are all 10, in chronological order:

Abraham Lincoln in 1861 and 1865
Abraham Lincoln in 1861 and 1865
Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 and 1945
Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 and 1945
Harry S. Truman in 1945 and 1953
Harry S. Truman in 1945 and 1953
Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 and 1961
Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 and 1961
John F. Kennedy in 1961 and 1963
John F. Kennedy in 1961 and 1963
Richard Nixon in 1969 and 1973
Richard Nixon in 1969 and 1973
Ronald Reagan in 1981 and 1989
Ronald Reagan in 1981 and 1989
Bill Clinton in 1993 and 2001
Bill Clinton in 1993 and 2001
George W. Bush in 2001 and 2008
George W. Bush in 2001 and 2008
Barack Obama in 2008 and 2014
Barack Obama in 2008 and 2014

These Photos Show The Physical Toll Of Being President Of The United States [Huffington Post via Lost at E Minor]

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