I have always been fascinated by presidential politics and the personalities of presidents. It takes a mighty big ego, plus a lot more, to wake up one morning and say to yourself, “I think I want to be the leader of the free world!”

In terms of how else I’ve wanted to think about our leaders, I’ve never really thought about seeing them in what used to be called cheesecake shots. 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! Reagan? Carter? Clinton?

Nope, uh-uh and not so much.

But apparently there is a demand to see President Barack Obama and his bare pecs, because he’s on the cover of Washingtonian Magazine this month, strutting his stuff for all the world to see.

So who thought it was a fab new way to think about our president, especially one as historic as Obama, for him to be portrayed as a dude and described by a headline as “hot?” I’m not naive. 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!

Photo from Washingtonian Magazine