A member of the paparazzi has gotten his pay day for the year by snapping a picture of a shirtless Barack Obama, striding along the beach, rippling pectorals and abs for all the world to see and admire. Naturally the Obama worshipers are going nuts.
Politico captured the reaction neatly.
“‘Dang, my President is SMOKIN’ HOT. Who else has such a fine leader? France? Great Britain? Eat your heart out, Sarkozy,’ wrote one commenter on The Huffington Post, one of a select few outlets to receive the images Monday.
Peter Moore, the editor of Men’s Health magazine who interviewed Obama on his workout habits for a November cover story, told Politico his nearly seven-day-a-week regimen seems to have paid off. ‘No love handles to speak of on the sides. You see the definitions in his arms. He’s a dude. Wow.'”
Some are no doubt wondering if the shirtless Obama on the beach being stalked by paparazzi like he was Brad Pitt is an invasion of privacy. Can he not enjoy his vacation with family and friends at the nine million dollar Hawaii resort while he plots how to save the economy?
Nonsense. Barack Obama is loving this. It is not often that sex can sell in politics, but Barack Obama, who is young, buff, and shameless knows this well and is milking it for all it’s worth. It was surely not Obama’s position on Iraq or climate change that caused those giddy college students swooning in the aisles during the campaign, after all.
Someone who is no doubt unkind or partisan would suggest that we have our first Himbo president. Himbo is a male version of bimbo. But this is far from the mark. Barack Obama has considerable intelligence, at least enough to become President. Besides, many people who have been considered bimbos (or himbos) were actually pretty clever people in private. Marilyn Monroe, for instance, was actually quite a savvy woman, albeit with unfortunate choices in lovers, who used the dumb blond persona for effect because that was what the culture demanded.
Barack Obama is going around shirtless on the beach, as if he were Captain Kirk in one of the many Trek episodes when the alien monster ripped off his tunic, for a good reason. We’ve liked Presidents who were buff since Abe Lincoln split rails for a living. John Kennedy, who was actually virtually a cripple, exuded an air of vigor and youth that impressed.
The problem is, Barack Obama is not the only buff world leader. Matt Drudge ran the photo of shirtless Obama with one of the shirtless Vladimir Putin and then offered a poll for the sexiest world leader. Barrel chested Putin, who does martial arts instruction videos when he is not plotting to reconstitute the Russian Empire, won by nearly two to one. Sex can sell for power mad tyrants just as much as it can for retro left wingers.
Source: Paparazzo snaps shirtless Obama in Hawaii, Carrie Budoff Brown, Nia-Malika Henderson, Politico.Com, December 23rd, 2008