Before-and-after photos show dramatic differences in presidents and first families after time spent in White House
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- Presidencies are notoriously stressful jobs, aging leaders to look beyond their years.
- The punishing schedules and general stress often trigger accelerated aging that takes over world leaders' appearances by the time they leave office.
- First families are close to the action and often have to balance raising teenage or young children while also focusing on life in the White House.
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Presidencies are notoriously stressful jobs and often translate into accelerated aging that means leaders look much older on their way out of office than they did at the start.
Punishing schedules and never-ending stress can punish leaders' appearances, but their time in the White House also affects their families.
See how several first families looked before and after their time in the executive mansion:
Though President Jimmy Carter had four children in all, only his nine-year-old daughter Amy moved into the White House in 1977.
Amy was 14, and apparently not too pleased when the family left the White House.
Ronald and Nancy Reagan moved into the White House in 1981 after his star had risen over two terms as governor of California.
After eight years and two terms, the president said they were excited to go back home to California, but felt the goodbye with "such sweet sorrow."
After serving as vice president for eight years, President George H.W. Bush made history when he became president in 1989.
After his foreign policy initiatives couldn't eclipse the economic recession, Bush was defeated in 1992.
President Bill Clinton moved into the White House with his wife Hillary and 13-year-old daughter, Chelsea in 1993.
Despite the personal controversies that plagued his public image, Clinton enjoyed unprecedented popularity rates among voters.
When George W. Bush reached the White House in January 2001, his twin daughters were 20.
After two terms and eight years, the twins are fully grown and have remained in the public eye alongside their parents.
President Barack Obama was elected to much fanfare from voters across the country and his home city of Chicago, Illinois in 2008.
Two dogs and a Harvard acceptance for Malia later, the Obamas left the White House as a fully grown family.