Barack Caught Shirtless Again
Ooh-la-la, president-elect is quite fit
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2008 6:33 AM CST
Then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as he gets out of the ocean in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 14, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, FILE)
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(Newser) – New vacation photos of Barack Obama raise the next big question of his transition: How much skin is too much? Once again the president-elect has been photographed shirtless, reports Politico, prompting one Web poster to declare the well-toned Obama “smokin hot.” Observers say the pictures, snapped by a paparazzo on a public beach in Hawaii, will likely raise questions about the Obama family’s privacy.

The photos of Obama ultimately won’t hurt his image though, theorizes a public relations expert. “He is being authentically Barack Obama. I don’t see it as disrespectful of the office,” he said. “If he was wearing Speedos? Yeah. A thong? Maybe that wouldn’t be the best look.”