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May 13, 2009

Barack Obama as "Cheesecake?"

It's no secret that some ladies around the country find President Barack Obama attractive, in addition to being a good politician with fresh new ideas for the country.  One of my favorite bloggers has actually dubbed him Barack O'Boyfriend!

While I wasn't initially an Obama supporter, I am a Democrat and know that President Obama has many fine qualities.  But, truth be told, while he is handsome guy, I've never thought to myself, "Hey, I'd love to see Obama's pecs!"  So, I was a little shocked to see him bare-chested on the cover of a magazine.  Who do the editors think he is, ?

I'm pretty sure no one ever thought it would be a good idea to put a picture of Richard Nixon on the cover of a magazine sans polo shirt!

And Reagan? Carter? Clinton? Nope, uh-uh and not so much. Not what I'd call "cheesecake" material.  But apparently there is a demand to see President Obama and his bare chest, because he's on the cover of Washingtonian Magazine, strutting his stuff for all the world to see. So I wonder, who thought this was a fab new way to portray our president, especially one as historic as Obama -- as a dude in swimming trunks next to a headline describing him as "hot?" 

As a freelance writer, I know full well what the state of things are for newspapers and magazines these days. They're in a lot of trouble and will do just about anything to sell their product. But isn't there something just a teensy bit unseemly about turning our president into hunk? I can hear the unhappy squeals of Malia and Sasha now, "EEEEOOoooo, Daddy! YUCK! We can't be-LIEVE this!!!! We'll NEVER live this down at Sidwell!"

Or is this the wave of things to come? Who knows -- today Obama, tomorrow Newt Gingrich? It could be a whole new way of looking at politics. But please, I don't want to see either one of them sans T-shirt on any bumper stickers in 2012!

50-Something Mom Joanne Bamberger is starting her campaign today to make sure we never see a bare-chested Newt Gingrich on the cover of any magazine.  In the meantime, you can find her getting all wonky about moms in the political world at her place, PunditMom, as well as at BlogHer and The Huffington Post.

Original 50-something Moms Blog post.

Photo from Washingtonian Magazine


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