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.”