As for Obama and King? Why does Obama look so much younger than King? Is this an effect of history? King, a man of the 20th century; Obama, a man of the 21st century? King died before he reached 40, and the Obama in the photoshopped image is considerably older than this thirty-something King. Yet, King looks older and, as a consequence, wiser. Maybe King never looked young? Much of this just has to be the effect of history.