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NYT: Obama Keeps Torso Covered In FL!

From, fittingly enough, the ‘Media & Advertising’ section of the New York Times:

Beach Modesty for the President

August 15, 2010

The last time the news media snapped pictures of a shirtless President Obama, tabloids, blogs and gossip magazines were agog.

“Pec-tacular,” exclaimed one photo Web site. “Fit for Office,” declared The New York Post.

We are pretty sure that the New York Post was being sarcastic.

The White House press office has made sure that won’t happen again. On a trip to Florida over the weekend, the president’s staff kept photographers at bay while he took a dip in waters off Panama City Beach.

The only photographer on hand to document the presidential swim was a member of the White House staff. The photographers who made the trip to Florida with the president — unaware that he was going to go in the water — were led into a hotel by the White House staff and remained there for about three hours while Mr. Obama swam.

The White House later released one picture of the president, who was seen from the shoulders up playing in the water with his daughter Sasha.

No bare-chested shots this time.

Bill Burton, the deputy White House press secretary, explained that logistically, it was easier to have a White House photographer there than to coordinate a photo shoot with the press corps.

But the photographers and reporters traveling with the president over the weekend were irritated to learn that they had been excluded from documenting Mr. Obama’s swim, which had become a politicized issue because of the BP oil spill. By choosing to go in the water, the president was making a symbolic gesture that the waters of the Gulf of Mexico were indeed safe for recreational use.

The White House press office’s use of Flickr photos as a substitute for photos taken by the press corps has become a sore subject among photographers assigned by their news organizations to cover the president. Photographers have complained that the White House too often distributes its own photos of presidential events while not allowing news photographers to attend.

To photographers, using a photo taken by the White House is akin to reprinting a news release, and many news organizations refuse to use such photos. The Associated Press did not distribute the photo of the president’s swim on Saturday. A spokesman for The A.P., Paul Colford, said that generally, the service “does not distribute a handout photo when we could just as easily have taken the image ourselves.”

According to a pool report, at one point on Saturday, a reporter joked with the president that perhaps it was a good thing for him to be photographed shirtless. Michelle Obama quickly dismissed that. “No, it’s not,” she said.

The original New York Times headline was: “Obama Keeps Torso Covered on Florida Vacation.” Which, of course, is not true. And not what the article is actually about. But it does show the terrible disappointment of the editors at The Times.

The article’s ‘description’ gets a little closer to the truth: “News photographers were upset over the weekend when they were not invited to capture President Obama’s swim — and chest — in the Gulf of Mexico themselves.”

Mind you, this is what the our alleged news media chooses to get upset about. Meanwhile, they choose to ignore all the other things that the Obama White House is doing to control the news.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “NYT: Obama Keeps Torso Covered In FL!”

  1. finebammer59 says:

    “The last time the news media snapped pictures of a shirtless President Obama, tabloids, blogs and gossip magazines were agog.

    “Pec-tacular,” exclaimed one photo Web site. “Fit for Office,” declared The New York Post.”

    yeah, we can’t have another soggy panty episode of “the view”!

    maybe we could suggest a “bro” (seinfeld) for the prez. (give those pecs some support and mind the modesty at the same time!)

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The WH jackboots were probably worried they would have to explain “shrinkage”.

  3. Melly says:

    Barry swam off Alligator Point, which is not in the Gulf, but rather in Saint Andrews Bay.

  4. proreason says:


    Queers will be able to focus on coordinating colors and sabotaging marriage for another week.

  5. jobeth says:

    Ummmm…I looked closely at that water…That’s not gulf water at all! Its Cape Cod water!!! I’d recognized that water anywhere. He can’t fool ME!

    Nope…that’s Cape Cod water…The photo is a retread.

    I remember that 3rd wave to the left…It was there when I was there!

    Ha! They thought by not allowing any landmarks in the photo they could fool us!!

    Mr President…’YOU LIE’! >:-(

    I love that they lured the photogs away for three hours so he can pretend to love to be in the water with his daughter. Typical behavior for him…Bait and switch

    My guess is that he has been so stressed out that he might have needle marks all over his bod.

    Or perhaps his ‘belle’ gave him the old ‘what for’ and he was hiding bruising. Probably why Michelle quickly killed the idea with a firm… “No, it’s not,”.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    I had something to say but after erasing my comments twice……..
    Nappy Hussien and fam are doing the ‘token’ tour before retreating from the grueling vacation of last week.

  7. Right of the People says:

    The Won’s entire presidency has been one huge vacation from responsibility and reality.

    I wonder if while he is swimming later this month off Cape Cod and a great white cruises by and decides on a little snack, how quickly the Secret Service agents in his detail will be to shoot the shark? Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

    Of course if that happened the Lame Stream Media would make a huge issue that it was a great WHITE shark and therefore a racist issue.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “a great WHITE shark”

      Bush strikes again. Or it could be Rush.

      He’s probably got astronomical stress levels thanks to the politically shark-infested waters he’s in now. Thus all the vacations away from the vacation from reality.

      That and the constant back-and-forth between Mooch-elle’s Bean Sprout Casseroles and ‘Burger Diplomacy’ probably are what’ve lead the evolution from Presidential Pecs to flabby moobs.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      ………and it was a right wing conspiracy to dethrone the houseboy.

      Can the shark sue?

  8. confucius says:

    Does he ever not vacation?

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