Is Obama’s Hair Color Just Part Of The Script Too?

President Obama is a master of political stagecraft, but does that craftiness even extend to modifying his hair color dependent on the situation? Ann Althouse notice’s that the President’s hair color changed from his speech at the Tucson memorial to his weekly address yesterday.

Of course, we’ve all witnessed as Presidents have “gone gray” during their tenures in office. I’ve always just assumed it was simple aging combined with the rigors of the job.

Maybe Obama’s treating his hair color as part of his stage wardrobe. Or maybe he’s just a bit vain about his hair (as many are) and doesn’t want to be gray.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Bat One

    “Rigors of the job”??? Obama??? Surely you jest.

    There is no substance to the Lightworker-in-chief (Thanks, DB!). Scripts and stagecraft are really all he’s got. There is no “there” there with this president.

  • Annie32

    Of course it is part of the stagecraft. He is a fake.

  • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

    Nothing about this man is real. nothing. Hey Bat, good to see you around again. Your economic wisdom and humor has been missed.

    • Bat One

      Randy, Thank you for the kind words. I’ll try to live up to the expectation.

      Thank you too, Kevin.

  • sbark

    Maybe its just diff light reflections off of the Telepromptor at diff times of the day …..

    I’m sure, as always, plausible deniability will surface to rationalize away the facts

    • Jvette

      I tend to agree with this and was thinking it as I read the post and before I saw your reply.

      I have red hair that is graying. In some lights the gray if very visible but in others it looks almost like the blond highlights some women get.

      Once a woman complemented me on the color and asked who had done it. I replied, “Nature”, lol.

      Nothing to see here folks.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    ODS giving rise to racist comments, SAB dejour.

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      SAB dejour. (sic)

      You know that every time you try to sound smarter than you are, Wankertized (someone who loses arguments to shower mold), you always screw it up. But, that’s okay. You’re always good for the laugh du jour.

      • di_da_is_alpha

        After looking at the picture of larry, I thought he looked familiar, then it hit me. When I was in military intelligence, I saw some pictures of guys that the CIA had conducted experiments on without their knowledge, and larry was one of them. They secretly injected him with brain eating microbes. Within days they all died of starvation.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          Speaking of starvation, at least I am not so degenerate as to eat one of my dogs leg’s. Your poor dog, if only their requests to trade masters could be granted.

          Not only do your wives defect, but your pets would too, if they had the choice.

          • di_da_is_alpha

            So, did you get a free T-shirt from the “Arizona for Obama Reelection Rally (oh, and memorial) Extravaganza”?

            And what did you think about those mid term elections? Good start for getting the country on the right path, don’t you think? Oh, sorry. That was silly of me to ask. Of course you don’t think.

            And what’s with the pink hat?

            And what’s with your handle? “Proofs obsession”? You’re the one with his name in your handle. Ironic, isn’t it?

          • http://enigma-cypher.blogspot.com/ Enigma_Cypher

            Larry doesn’t need to do any of that. He has Chris, Keith and Rachel to do his thinking for him.

        • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

          Days? I would have suspected hours!

          • di_da_is_alpha

            They were weapons grade microbes. Very tough.

          • Proof_positive

            And yet, every microbe looks like a galaxy in comparison to Hanni’s gray matter.

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

      Typical liberal buffoon if you disagree with Obumble you’re a racist, I don’t care what color he is, the man is a moron and a light weight. That doesn’t make me a racist…

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Try again, in English, preferably.

        • $8194357

          What is with the in English line Hanni. They print government documents in Spanish so the Democrats voting blocks know where to put there x..You racist?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            I’ll just let you marinate in your own stupidity and the irony you have just left behind with your last statement.

          • $8194357

            Thank you for your kindness. Our mastery of the english langage is not the reason then that you are suprior to us mere conservitives? I did agree with you about English is good tho. Spanish is better if your not here legal and need to know where to go to sign up for entilements tho. Take care.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            That was a complete disaster. You seriously come off like a deranged person who is unjustly indignant about literacy, although you cant even begin to spell correctly or use proper English yourself.

          • 7point62

            Dang…right back to your doctor phil again. I was so hopeful for you this time…A cure should be coming with Obamacare.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            It’s “right back at you, again, Dr. Phil.” Unless you meant “my” Dr. Phil, and even then, why would you throw the word “again” in there so uncomfortably?

            I shouldn’t help you, because looking like an illiterate is part of the charm you bring, because every time you leave behind a steaming pile, we sort of feel sorry for you, and then we roll our eyes.

    • di_da_is_alpha

      Hey larry, miss me? And what’s with the pink hat?

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    Scripted memorials, dyed hair, the TOTUS = the first prop to become President. Calling him an “empty suit” turns out to be more true than anyone would ever have thought.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Mountainmouth

      I am wondering if this was just a pilot for a new reality TV show.

      Keeping up with POTUS and TOTUS or maybe Dancing with Congress

      Most likely – The real American Idol.

      My prediction for the show: A lot of interest early but – the show will be a failure just like real life

      • di_da_is_alpha

        When the progressives get done with the economy, it will be “Dancing with Welfare Chicks”, “American, Idle”, and “Undercover Caseworker”.

  • Neiman

    Might I dare defend Lord Obama? Some men later in life when they lose their hair or get gray or both, they just look old, not distinguished at all and it lowers their self image in this media world of ours. So, washing out some of the gray can work wonders in what we see in the mirror and the mental age at which we see life. For a politician, gray hair can cause voters to think bad thoughts, too old to be trusted, aged too fast and is losing his strength and ability to serve with energy. It is all about appearances and while I am no fan of Lord Obama, I can’t find this a very serious matter worthy of discussion. Some times, even for our opponents things are so superficial and minor that it is okay to cut them a break and still be loyal to our political beliefs.

    • tony_o2

      I agree with Neiman. Talking about hair color is pointless.

      • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

        Why so? We got liberal trolls who can think of little else but skin color—hannicapped for one. Hair can certainly be politicized. The air we breathe has been politicized, as have our stomachs, our a-holes, our “junk”, etc., our words, our noses, our vocalizations, and our entire bodies.

        • robert108

          It was Karl Marx’s position that everything is political, including the economy, which only existed, in his opinion, to effect social change according to his ideology.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            Yep. Libs are marxists in larval form.

          • Neiman

            It is my understanding that liberalism leads to socialism to Marxism to full blown communism. I won’t argue the point, but I think we are a European style socialist state now, if not full blown, certainly well on the way. The Democrats/Liberals/Progressives, whatever are so freaking dumb they think they can take us into a Communist Utopia, avoiding all the mistakes of the prior attempts, not knowing it always has the exact same end.

          • robert108

            “It is my understanding that liberalism leads to socialism to Marxism to full blown communism.”

            They are varieties of the same disease; rejection of individual freedom.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            Yes, they think that they are smarter than anyone else, even themselves. “Can-do” Americans gonna show the Russians & everyone else how to do it right! This might mean that special American arrogance will go down hard, along with a lot else.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Please try to collect your thoughts before you post. Try again, and when and if you think you have said something that makes sense, ask the person next to you to re-read it before you click the send button. I am sure there are lot’s of neighbors you could ask at the public library you are typing from.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            Dear Hannikins—may I call you “De jour?”—Well, De jour, as you travel down the trail of the rest of your meager life, do not forget to bring a folding chair and a thermos along with your blow-up girlfriend and a quality patching kit. There will be things to stop and watch go by. This journey can hold great promise for you. Know that somewhere up ahead, some small village has lost their idiot due to accident or old age and disease. That will be your new place. If you decide to drive your Pinto, Old Rusty, be sure to paint an arrow on the hood pointing in the direction you’ll be going. Bon voyage, Du jour!

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Flamer, you need to familiarize yourself with the word “overcompensating”. Know it, learn it, feel it and stop doing it. That is all.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            Ah, Du jour, you are such an inspiration. If I stop “overcompensating”, will you feel better? Just trying to be civil. Is this like “If they bring a knife, we bring a gun?” Does this mean that your hero is overcompensating? Seems like it. Uncivil? Yes. Violent? Indeed. Refill your thermos with kool-aid & piddle off.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Overcompensating Flamer, thank you for not trying to be over-the-top funny. You have “jumped the shark” one too many times on this blog.

            If only you had something important to say.

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            Must be saying something important to you.
            You let me stomp you just to get on my shoe,
            A kind of superglue goo,
            Or is it just doo-doo?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Well, that didn’t last long.

          • $8194357

            revolutionary ideas from the left? wow who would have guessed. Blending Marxism with Frued was the biggest success these folks have had since marx crawled out form under his darwinist rock. Lucas was the inventor of ‘cultural terroism’ in the early 1900’s in Hungry with polymorphis perversity no morals attatched sexual gratifacation to lead ‘western’ or ‘Jeudo/Christians down the path of sexual liberation. According to him and the rest of these ‘cultrual marxists’ western religous values were holding mankind back from full self expression and repressing mankind. The only logical way these folks could see around this is to completely eliminate the source of their repressions. They think Christians are repressive, wait till Sharia gets ahold of their sorry butts. Literally.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      You may have noticed that everywhere—this blog included—the libs seize on the minor and trivial like free dollar bills. They clog the blog with hashes and rehashes until you have to climb past heaps of one-word-per-line responses until you find the theme of the thread. They do this for a number of reasons: (1) they can handle the minor and trivial more easily, (2) it takes the discussion away from embarrassing topics and topics of which they know nothing, (3) endless thinkafication of the trivial makes them feel smart and accomplished.

      • robert108

        Hit it right on the head.

      • Neiman

        True, so true!

      • $8194357

        A major in the minors and throw the bably out with the bath water because of one egcaderated flaw in your opinion and or thinking? No I hadn’t noticed that in all my years of trying to reason with any of them…Wait till they start on your spelling and grammer for a reason to dismiss you as a human being all together. The intellecutal eliet idiots of Marx and Lenin now under the name of liberal or progressive. Cannon fodder for Stalin and Hitler, no? They all just love Mao.

  • Liberty isn’t free

    Actually, the gray hair matched his gray suit. Black hair, black suit. Can’t wait until he wears green. This man is the heigth of vanity, so tired of him looking down his nose at us.

    • $8194357

      Hawain shirt? Rainbow?

    • Bat One

      It’s not the vanity that’s so offensive, but the lack of any substance backing up that vanity. Arrogance would be at least tolerable if there was some modest ability behind it.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        You really need to stop projecting. Just because those you work with think so little of you, it does not mean that you can try to imagine others thinking similarly of Obama.

        You should thank him for stopping the crashing and crumbling economy that he inherited from the other guy you loved so much. Funny how an illiterate could gain your respect, after crushing our economy, yet the new guy who saves your behind gets nothing from you. Most intelligent people understand that your perceptions are based on nothing more than your bigotry, but to those less intelligent folks, you allow your delusions to create your reality, even if it’s not based in truth or honesty.

        There is probably a name for this particular sort of delusion you suffer from.

        • $8194357

          There is that dang amature Dr. Phill stuff again Hanni. Just remember when you get all analitical with your bad intellecual self…Freud liked his moma just alittle to much. You accuse any who disagree with you of mental problems..Me thinks the guilty themselfs proclaim a little “to much.”
          Keep in touch now, hear?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            That was a complete spelling disaster. Please spend some time with your friend Proof_Positive, he will be glad to hold your hand and walk you through the grammar challenges you suffer from.

          • $8194357

            Yeah,
            Dang near flunked English. Sentence stuture and spelling. All most kept out of college…I have 40 + years now in the school of hard knocks and making my own way without entitlement…Havent’ graduated yet. I much rather suffer from grammer challenges than being arrogant to the point of offensive like your bad is good self. At least I got you off of Dr. Phil and onto your educated intellecual elitism agian for awhile. Hang in there Hanni..You are not alone….

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            I really have no interest in your sob story. I will just take note that your point of view is based on your lack of education and ignorance.

  • $8194357

    The made for TV precidency

  • http://sayanythingblog.com Mountainmouth

    I remember Clinton added grey to the hair before addressing seniors.

    This president is a complete fraud, only capable of delivering what his handlers give to the TOTUS

    This entire presidency is stilted – When he goes off script, it causes a panic.

    remember how they scrambled when he spoke to “Joe the plumber” They had no choice but to smear and attack a citizen because there was no suitable explanation for his remarks –
    Alinsky method, Chicago thugery and a knob slobbering media, was enough to get this fraud elected

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    ODS and meaningless attacks on Obama’s competence (probably based on racism)….SAB du jour, to be sure.

    • robert108

      As usual, all the racism here comes from you, hanni.

    • tony_o2

      racist comments

      ???

      (probably based on racism)

      Are you going to delete this and try again?

      • Bat One

        Don’t hold your breath Tony. Accusations of racism and personal insults are not just the weapons of choice… they’re the only ones available.

      • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

        He can come up with zingers like this with half his brain stuck behind his ear.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        If they flag them, I will re-post them.

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          So what you’re saying is you’d stick your arm down a toilet to rescue a nickel?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            I would never trespass into your home to retrieve any amount of money that you may have taken from me.

    • $8194357

      Hey Hanni,
      Good to see ya agian…I read one of your posts on another thread and missed ya man. All social justice moral and all. I believe the thread I am talking about was judging obama was against what the Holy Spirit would lead a true Christian to do and your comments were all about and calling down judgement on us blasphemers of your point of veiw on the intent of the Spirit of God on us phony haters. Funny, I don’t recall the anywhere in Scripture were the Holy Spirit told anyone to temper down Christianity and pray with the folks who bow to mecca five times a day in the name of tolerance either, but what the heck, your secualr social justice understandings are so superior to us haters who don’t try to call Rev. Wright and Barrys god of black liberation theolgy down to punish the white man for how he been treating every one. I must of missed that when I read the book and failed to communicate with the Spirit in a proper leftist way so as to remain ‘insane’ in your understandings and opinions. Take care Bro. Love ya. God Bless

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      I see you cleaned up your attempt at faux intellectualism, Hanni. Nice.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      “SAB du jour”—exactly what do you think that means?

  • borborygmi

    Just when I figured it couldn’t get more petty the conservatives trump themselves. I propose this quote as the new slogan for the conservatives
    from “Tombstone” Nonsense, I have not yet begun to defile myself- Doc Holiday

    • robert108

      So, you don’t think it’s “petty” when the President massages his public image, and someone calls attention to it? It’s called reporting the news.

  • WOOF

    All presidents have access to the Strategic Hair Dye Reserve established by Ronald Reagan.

    • Liberty isn’t free.

      He didn’t change his hair color various times a week, depending on the circumstance.

      • WOOF

        OB 1 owns you.
        He’s your Daddy.

        • robert108

          I think “mommy” would be more accurate, or maybe “sister”. Check out the bowling video.

          • WOOF

            Your Daddy’s Karl,
            You measure everything by him.

            [IMG]http://i52.tinypic.com/2cwn0qs.jpg[/IMG]

          • robert108

            I measure you lying lefties by him; my ideals are much more realistic and humane.

        • Liberty isn’t free

          Actually was what I was thinking about you.

    • $8194357

      Yeah, you have a point. They are both actors and this is part of the tools of the trade,no? JFK was the first to take advantage of modern makeup and television lighting. Made old Nixon look like someone from the rise of the zombie movies of the time period. Boy did the ladies fall for old JFK.
      All apperance and no substince with this new made for TV telepromter dependent Soros hand puppet. You got a point about Regan there so lets throw him under the bus like the leftists do and major in the minors for self engrandizement and egotisical self rightousness.

  • freemason130

    my guess is in the time it took for him to practice giving a speech that wasnt about bashing the Conservitives. he forgot to treat his hair with the rogaine

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Mountainmouth

      Is that covered in the health care bill?

      • $8194357

        Only if you are victomized or entitled..If you work and pay taxes, I would say no…

  • di_da_is_alpha

    Wise healer? More like a Queensland heeler. Only a dog would turn a memorial service into a political rally.

    “19 People Shot, 6 dead, And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt”.
    http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oGdXVbHDRNrqAA.FJXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE1djV0aWYzBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA3NrMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDAyM18xNTA-/SIG=1378ddf19/EXP=1295289563/**http%3a//theknightshift.blogspot.com/2011/01/t-shirts-at-tuscon-memorial-service.html

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4RKUEHF3NG2Z32RT4B5A3Y7HUE Kenny

    How is this relevant?

    Even if it’s Obama not wanting to be gray…who cares?

    • $8194357

      The only real revelance in my opinion here Kenny is it is just one more point that shows how false this man is. Other than his Marxist anti American view point that he denies and the media helps cover, he is made for TV successful minority who must be ‘propped up’ from hair color to auto biography. His public persona is an artificle charector actor who needs a telepromtor to keep his true self from getting his handlers in trouble, like with the joe the plumber incedent…I’m here to “redistribute the wealth” If they don’t feed him his lines he is only off broadway…If they keep him on script he is ‘the voice of social justice thunder’. Miner point with the hair color thing, but not the first time weve noticed a day to day or hour to hour change. When you need the young vibrant hip leader he shows up. A few hours later, the wise old man of many a political skirmish with those evil right wing constituionalists..Take care Kenny.
      Just a few thoughts on your question.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      Nutters care.
      Real Americans do not.

      • $8194357

        Hey Bob…
        Try some some time..Planters salted or unsalted so you have control over your blood presure. Obamca will take the choice away soon and only the unsalted will be allowed, so get em while you can..Nutters…that cracks me up everytime…

  • http://enigma-cypher.blogspot.com/ Enigma_Cypher

    Most men who serve as president end up looking older. It’s the stress. It’s nice to see it happening to Obama. He wanted to be president; he got it, and everything that goes with it.

  • SigFan

    I could care less about his gray or not gray hair. It’s the pure RED of his inner self that concerns me. A phony to be sure, but a socialist nonetheless. I wouldn’t put it past him (or his handlers) to stage something like this just to distract people from what he is really about – ruining this country and the economy. Oh look, the president’s hair is gray today, dark tomorrow. Meanwhile he’s robbing us blind.

    • $8194357

      A watermellon for sure Sig…Green on the outside and red as all get out under the surface. In the name of a supportive leg, we are the tail that wags the dog…

  • mikemc1970

    Clinton did this too. If the “rigors of the job” take that much of a toll, I don’t think I’ll ever be taking up golf or taking frequent vacations.

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