By TIME Staff
Updated: August 4, 2016 10:44 PM ET | Originally published: January 13, 2016

Correction appended, Aug. 4, 2016.

President Barack Obama has been joking about his job turning his hair gray for so long, it’s hard to remember what he looked like when he took office in 2009.

Back then, despite a grueling two year campaign and a collapsing economy, he was still a fresh faced pol from Illinois, promising the country hope.

Born on Aug. 4, 1961, the President was 47 years old in 2009. He is 53 years old today.

Correction: The original version of this story misstated President Obama’s birthday. It is Aug. 4, 1961.

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