April 21st, 2009
07:47 PM ET
14 years ago

Shirtless Obama to appear on magazine cover

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/21/art.washington.gi.jpg caption="A shirtless Obama is on the cover of Washingtonian Magazine."](CNN) - It's not every day a President of the United States lands shirtless on a magazine cover.

But the May issue of Washingtonian Magazine, to hit newsstands Wednesday, is causing a bit of a sizzle inside the beltway. President Obama graces the cover, shirtless, in an issue that focuses on "26 Reasons to Love Living Here."

The number two reason: "Our new neighbor is hot."

The particular photo choice, taken while Obama was vacationing in Hawaii over Christmas last year, is certainly an unconventional pick to showcase the commander-in-chief.

But Garrett Gaffe, editor-at-large for the magazine, told CNN the picture is appropriate because, "our feeling was that this wasn't an ordinary presidency."

"The Obamas, through their involvement in Washington, are helping to showcase just how exciting it is to be in Washington right now" he said. "We use the word 'hot' tongue in cheek with the photo."

"He is a buff president that the paparazzi enjoy taking photos of," said Gaffe.

Contacted by CNN, the White House declined to comment on the magazine's cover.

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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Independent

    I didn't think it was that slow of a news day.....

    Get over it people, he didn't pose for it, he didn't give it to the magazine to be put on the cover, I'm sure he didn't give his approval of it...

    April 21, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Melvin T


    April 21, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. Pax

    Having read the vast majority of the comments posted up until now, it can be said that Americans have no dignity and are ignorant to their own way of life. Americans created the fawning over celebrities, Americans have created their own financial crisis, Americans have created all of their own problems to date. This does indeed include politicians; for they are, as much as many of us would like to deny it, Americans too. It is up to Americans to fix the problems they have brought.

    Bickering back and forth about what is tasteful and what is not is useless. The media provides a way to distract ourselves from the big issues taking place around us. Old news will be re-packaged with a new headline just so people will not pay attention and be out-raged by this or that because Americans crave drama. If you look at it from this perspective you can see that it is true or at least partially true. For example: the woman who gave birth to the eight children recently, was said to be trying to mimic Angelina Jolie in appearance and with so many children. Can anyone else say what was going on in that same period of time?

    It's time Americans took responsibility for what is taking place, step up to the plate and fix the problems, and there is only one way to do that and that is through unity. We are all allowed our opinions and beliefs, by all means don't abandon them, but set aside the harsh words and feelings for a while so that progress can be made.

    That's just my two cents... and Lincoln is on my coins.

    April 21, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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