President Obama says “The gray is coming quick” as Barack Obama joins the ranks of presidents aging in office. The unending stress of the office causes presidents to age twice as fast from stress. Especially wartime presidents and those who smoked. Some say President Obama has aged a decade since taking office due to those Obama high-stakes decisions, like which golf course to play at. Or could it also be due to Obama being one of the 12 presidents who smoked weed? George Washington was another and even Abraham Lincoln had quotes on hemp use. Most presidents used tobacco, some like FDR were chain smokers and President Kennedy′s cigar habit was well known, as was Bill Clinton′s, too, whose heart disease required a quadruple bypass.
I recall a scene in the beginning of that classic political thriller, ″Seven Days In May″, where the president is getting a check up by his doctor while dealing with the stress of a nuclear disarmament treaty with the Russians. The doctor observed that the president′s blood pressure rose three points with every letter he dictated and pondered why we elect a man to such an office that is so physically demanding. The President responds telling the doctor that when his blood pressure hits 200, to release the news to the press as it would make the military, big business and the labor unions happy.
Those who run for the office in the first place are usually extreme cases of Alpha Males. Presidents are by necessity power-seekers. They want their shot in the big chair. Their overconfidence is usually a means of compensation for some other personal drawback. Teddy Roosevelt spent much of his early life as a sickly asthmatic child. His nephew FDR had to deal with adult polio. Both Richard Nixon and John Kennedy shared having stern, overbearing fathers who favored a sibling. Even George Washington spent much of his early life being belittled by British aristocracy. Both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were essentially abandoned by their fathers.
But the desire to achieve greatness and overcome such drawbacks does not always translate well for these presidents aging in office twice as fast from unending stress. President Obama, whose “Gray is coming quick”, is also among those president who smoke. Not only tobacco, but Obama is one of 12 presidents who smoked weed. Clearly, Obama is way over his head as commander-in-chief. He has no real executive skills and certainly has no clear idea as to how to help solve the nation′s problems. But then, that may not be why he sought the office in the first place. His true agenda may be much different.