Barack Obama was sworn in on Sunday as the 44th President of the United States, an official act overseen by Chief Justice John Roberts, in advance of the inaugural ceremonies on Monday. The White House released a new official portrait of the President, taken in the Oval Office last month, for government use in the second term.
Is a second official photo necessary?
If nothing else, it shows how much four years can age a President. The Washington Post even has a new feature comparing the iconic pictures, with a breakdown of how Obama’s face shows “deeper creases” and whiter hair. One doctor told the Post that Presidents typically age abnormally fast because – you guessed it – they are “chronically” exposed to an unusual level of stress.