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Obama says his gray hair is from genes, not pressure

October 19, 2011|By Michael A. Memoli
  • A graying President Obama speaks at a fire station in Chesterfield County, Va.
A graying President Obama speaks at a fire station in Chesterfield County,… (Jay Paul / Getty Images )

In a one-on-one interview Tuesday, ABC's Jake Tapper confronted President Obama about his administration's stalled jobs bill, his reelection chances and the simmering "Fast and Furious" scandal.

Oh, and his gray hair.

"When you get haircuts, it goes away," Tapper said during some casual banter before launching into meatier topics.

"Exactly," Obama said. "That's why people think, somehow, that [I'm] dying my hair. It depends on where the lights are hitting it."

"I don't know if it [is] some sort of conspiracy, but it's looking pretty grayer," Tapper said.

Obama seemed to suggest that it wasn't the stress of his office but just genetics that has him greying so quickly.

"My grandfather was grey by the time he was 29.... So I figured it was going to come. It just happened to coincide with the presidency," he said according to a transcript released by the network.

Those comments did not make the cut for the "Nightline" broadcast -- nor did his remarks on the Fast and Furious probe.

"People who have screwed up will be held accountable," he said. "It's very upsetting to me to think that somebody showed such bad judgment."

But there was some of Tapper and Obama talking about Dr. Seuss.

"'Lorax' is great, environmental message," Obama said.

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