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Paparazzi Photog Gets a 'Pec-tacular' Obama Shot

By Philip Rucker
HONOLULU -- More than a dozen photographs of a bathing suit-clad President-elect Barack Obama surfaced online Monday showing the shirtless Chicagoan accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and their two young daughters on the white-sand beach in front of their vacation home.

(Photos: Obamas on vacation)

Reporters, photographers and television camera operators traveling with the Obamas have been banned by the Secret Service from approaching the oceanfront estate in nearby Kailua where the family is vacationing. But an enterprising paparazzi photographer wearing a Hawaiian shirt apparently strolled along the beach, saw the Obamas, took out his long-lens camera and started shooting.

(Obamas dive into the Gulf)

The photographer was less than 200 feet from the Obamas, said Frank Griffin, co-owner of Bauer-Griffin, the California-based paparazzi agency that snapped the shots. But the Secret Service agents guarding the property did not ask the photographer to leave the beach.

(Speculation: Will Obama go shirtless in Florida?)

"There was tacit approval that he was able to shoot what he could shoot. It's a public beach," Griffin said in a telephone interview Monday with The Washington Post. He declined to identify the photographer, but said he is a contractor who lives in Hawaii and whose family has a house not far from the Obama's vacation property.

"The guy just walked along there. He had a camera in his hand. He wasn't hiding behind the bushes. He took some pictures. Everybody saw him. And then he walked off," Griffin said. "It was as simple as that."

Griffin added that the Secret Service "didn't seem to mind."

"He wasn't hiding behind the trees, he wasn't on a boat and he wasn't doing anything that we are used to doing," Griffin said.

Asked whether the photographs constitute a security breach, Obama spokesman Ben
LaBolt declined to discuss the matter, saying only: "We don't comment on security."

Griffin said the photographs were taken on Sunday, the first full day the Obamas spent in Hawaii. In the pictures, Barack Obama was wearing only a pair of black board shorts. The Bauer-Griffin Web site boasts, "Enjoy our EXCLUSIVE pics of your pec-tacular President-elect."

The shots of Michelle Obama show her wearing a black one-piece bathing suit with a bright-colored beach towel wrapped around her waist. Their daughter, Sasha, 7, was photographed in a blue bikini, her hair in a bun. Several other guests of the family are in the photographs, as well.

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Wow, all the conspiracy theorists are out full force tonight on Christmas Eve. Is it because you have no families to turn to in your lonely little lives?

Posted by: sxc87 | December 25, 2008 3:49 AM | Report abuse

This story is bull or the secret service is really doing a poor job. Good thing the "enterprizing paparazzi" wasn't an enterprizing assassin. If you believe these photo's weren't staged you aren't to bright.

Posted by: robtr | December 24, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The right-wing nut jobs and racists are such sore losers. God will get ya, She will. Nyah nyah nyah nhya nyah nyah.....

Posted by: linguist2 | December 24, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Some of you all are too jealous. Especially, the men on here hating him.

I looked at the pictures of this guy and thought "Damn he is 47 and look like that. I guess it is time to hit the gym!"

Posted by: TheDiplomat | December 23, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Pectacular?? . . . . he looks more like a marathoner from Kenya.

Posted by: southcst1 | December 23, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

OriginalMagicDog no not drooling yet. Look like ftm scars to me. On such a girly body it is really hard to know, though it would explain all the secrecy around his birth certificate. Maybe we have our first female to male transexual pres or our first innersexed pres. That would explain his fear of gays too.

Maybe we should try Oboombooma.

Just about any female Hollywood celebrity is more buff these days. Hell, Michelle could take him any day.

Posted by: rockrooky | December 23, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Barry Hussein is the greatest mulatto president ever!

Posted by: tangojones | December 23, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey JP81,

How about we just call him President White Guilt? But its not about race is it???

How long before we start calling it 1600 Penn instead of the White house? Me I'm no longer white, I'm the more PC term European American. And I have actually lived in Europe before. How long did our first "African American" Pres elect live in Africa????

What are you going to do when the "Obamagasm" is over? And you find out your messiah can't fix your problems?

Posted by: wheresmybailout | December 23, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Obahma is ah Girlie-Man!

They say...

Smoking Pakalolo causes Moobs! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | December 23, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Big surprise, something Drudge links to, and a slew of whiney posts by right wingnuts. Cry your little eyes out. You were spanked in the election and the American public has rejected the politics of the right. You have a little less than three weeks to get used to saying "President Obama."

Posted by: jp81 | December 23, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Remember the photo of that loving couple, the Clintons, dancing, withut music, on the beach? Now we are treated to a photo of the adored Obama, revealed in all his manly pultritude during a beach frolic with the wife and kids.

How come liberals are never surreptitously photographed picking their noses or extracting their undies from an inconvenient butt crack?

Has to be a vast conspiracy between the liberal media and the liberal Dump-o-craps, don't you think? Hmmm?

Posted by: KatyfromdeepsouthTexas | December 23, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

People are gettin' really weird, man: I don't understand the obsession over celebrity photographs, unless it's a product of people who feel so inadequate about themselves that they have to live their lives vicariously through others lives. What on earth else could it be??? I think it was this latter from which was born the phrase with which we all are familiar: namely, "Get a life for God's sake."

Posted by: DarylAtamanyk | December 23, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama stays in a $3500 a night condo and frolics topless on the beach while millions are jobless, the economy is in the crapper, and everyone wants a bailout and he has the AUDACITY to say John McCain doesn't get it? Obama is just another run of the mill politician. Tell the masses what they want to hear then blame someone else for all the problems, meanwhile enjoy the perks of the highest office in the land. He should at least keep a low profile to make it look as if he is working on the problems he is about to take over. HEY OBAMA, put on some sunscreen, You're still half white!

Posted by: wheresmybailout | December 23, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

O's got his "gyno" on! You go girl!!!!!!!

Posted by: Superpower | December 23, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Great thousands trapped by an ice storm with no power or heat and the Messiah is relaxing on the beach. He hasn't even been sworn in and he's taking a vacation? what gives?

Posted by: wheresmybailout | December 23, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Those aren't pecs, they're moobs! aka man-boobs. Cover them up!

Posted by: mlr2 | December 23, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Nize Tids, Barry. They implants?

Posted by: XODLTC | December 23, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

typo: "Rihinna" should have been Rihanna

Posted by: NJSALUTE | December 23, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I would rather see Rihinna on the beach. Give Barack a chance, the man deserves some R&R after that brutal campaign.

Posted by: NJSALUTE | December 23, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Check out a funny "Nobama" parody song at:

Posted by: Roger9 | December 23, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Check out a funny "Nobama" parody song at:

Posted by: Roger9 | December 23, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see all the haters are still as bitter as ever. You've got 8 more years to choke on that bitterness, Repuklicans. Enjoy.

And if you really want to find out the truth, as Palin for a copy of the birth certificate of "her" one has ever seen it...b/c that baby is actually her white-trash daughter's first kid! HAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: B-rod | December 23, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

He looks like a skinny little twit to me...and is boobs are sagging!

Posted by: average_viewer | December 23, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

He looks like a skinny chicken. And I think one of his little girly man boobs is sagging. And I noticed that he didn't have any hair on his chest. I hope he's got some where it counts. Cause he's gonna need it. He's a Lib wimp, and we're in big trouble.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | December 23, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JimSpriggs | December 22, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

..."Thanks to your current "president," not only did he and his puppeteers run our country into the ground, but they drove their own party to dust as well.

It's all for the best--not for how our country has been ruined by idiots such as yourself--NO! But for how the Republican party is finally exposed for the incompetent, hate-filled maggot bag it really is."

Another open-minded leftist heard from...

Posted by: astounded | December 23, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Looks like a skinny little twit to me...and his pecs are sagging.

Posted by: average_viewer | December 23, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Rather than taking an eleven day vacation in Hawaii in a $3500 per night house and telling everyone how much he is exercising (no proof is provided, as usual), I suggest that 0bama spend 23.5 hours a day in the library reading about the foundations of the United States, starting with the US Constitution. Perhaps he will learn that the US did not come to greatness by paying people to sit on their fat welfare or UAW butts.

Posted by: bug45 | December 23, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

I cannot believe someone has not done the obvious reference President-Elect OBAMA's birth: Check the newspapers.
In the 60's, local newspapers had hospital reports: admissions, discharges, and births. Most local newspapers have a copy of all publications on microfiche.
It is easy to understand why the newspapers have not been checked... hospital reports have been removed for privacy reasons several decades ago.

Posted by: EANMDPHD1 | December 23, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse


As I pointed out on the golfing vacation thread, I am not the One running President, nor am I accusing Obama of any crime. If I had to prove myself to the proper authorities, my credit card receipts and casino surveillance tape would do just fine. Please add bgranat1 to the ever-growing list of people who think that Obama not meeting all the Constitutional Qualifications to become President is a "real issue". See you around ; )


Good posts.

Posted by: JakeD | December 23, 2008 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: bgranat1 | December 23, 2008 3:05 AM | Report abuse

I don't think any amount of gym time is going to get rid of the girly boobies. Call a plastic surgeon for a breast reduction...STAT!

Posted by: smartsy66 | December 23, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse


The U.S. Constitution requires that the president be a natural born citizen. Obama is hiding his birth certificate. At the moment, that is all he is guilty of, as far as we know. If he's not a natural born citizen and is inaugurated, he will be removed from office if and when a determination has been made that has perpetrated a fraud upon the world.

The purpose of seeing his birth certificate is not to establish what country he was born in. He may have been born in Hawaii. We don't know. But regardless of where he was born, the nationality of whoever was his father is the issue of interest. Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject. Therefore, if he is Obama's father, Obama Jr. is not a natural born citizen.

We know he has a disdainful view of the Constitution. He is suspected of trying to become president without being qualified according to the requirements set forth in that document.

If he's guilty, we will find out and send him packing. You can count on that.

Posted by: bgranat1 | December 23, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Big ears,purple lips and he needs a bra.Combine that with his marxism,racism and the fact that he's an arrogant,inexperienced scumbag and you've got the whole liberal package.Hands off ladies (and homos) ,he's married!

Posted by: tangojones | December 23, 2008 1:56 AM | Report abuse

So this is what passes for "buff" nowadays? I've seen chicken hawks with more meat.

Posted by: clintwest1 | December 23, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it repulsive how the main stream media fawns all over this person? I find nothing about him appealing at all. Good body? I guess it is if you go for the whimpy type. Thank goodness we were spared Michelle in a swimsuit.

Posted by: highpressure03801 | December 23, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

rockrooky, that's not a scar. It's the shadow left by his protruding chest muscle. Drooling yet, ya wingnut?

Posted by: OriginalMagicDog | December 22, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...if you have ever seen an ftm, a person born with a female body who has transitioned to a male body, they have scars that look very much like the distinct lines below Obama's man breasts.

Posted by: rockrooky | December 22, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

It looks as though the photo was touched-up but they left his saggy man tits.

Posted by: fair11 | December 22, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

That photo is re-touched to the max. Compare it to the last Obama beach shot. Even that was airbrushed to make him look less flabby. They still could not do much for his man boobs. President Barack Oboobs. Feckless wimp.

Posted by: binstence | December 22, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

And this is supposed to represent "buff"? The President elect looks a bit wimpy. Is this another attempt by the media to pump up the image of Obama as some sort of man's man?
He is what he is --- -scrawny...
time for the media to get over it's pop culture infatuation with him and his lifestyle of the rich and famous.

Posted by: savvyj2 | December 22, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

How about let's get over this teenage crap. One terrorist attack here and no one will care about the prez's teats.

Posted by: freods | December 22, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I must commend your over-the-top and hilarious projection and deflection, nickelflipper.

Apparently, you are unable to see what is lying right in front of you, dead, on the living room floor: It's the Republican Elephant.

Thanks to your current "president," not only did he and his puppeteers run our country into the ground, but they drove their own party to dust as well.

It's all for the best--not for how our country has been ruined by idiots such as yourself--NO! But for how the Republican party is finally exposed for the incompetent, hate-filled maggot bag it really is.

Posted by: JimSpriggs | December 22, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Barry's pecs? It's his actions that everyone should care about. Leave the foo-foo stuff for People Hag-azine.

Posted by: schratboy | December 22, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

He needs a "Bro" aka. a "Manzier". Looks to be almost "B" cup.

Posted by: Superpower | December 22, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

First of all, he isn't buff or toned. He's thin. While the common man is wondering if he will have a job next year, our King suns on a private beach in a 30 million dollar mansion. And you all were worried about $150,000 worth of clothes the RNC bought Palin? Do you really think he's worried about small town folks? C'mon now. He said last week he would be forthcoming this week on the Blago issue. Now he's not available for news conferences, and expects this to have gone away by the time the holidays are over. I'll bet he totally clears himself of any wrong doing since he's investigating himself. You Obama folks have been duped royally. This will be the most secretive Presidency ever...not the most transparent. We will hear the news He wants us to hear and the press will be his lapdog, and follow along unquestioningly. Just watch.

Posted by: nickelflipper | December 22, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse


As you may be aware, the “Secret of the Rosary Films” is offering a one million dollar reward for the certified long-form birth certificate of Barack Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Pec-tacular? They look kind of wimpy or maybe even womanly to me. Will the Washington Post stop at nothing? They probably air brushed his trunks.

Posted by: ohiovoter | December 22, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

JakeD is a criminal, because I say so (as it happens he was in Las Vegas this weekend when a number of crimes were committed) and he REFUSES to provide ANY proof whatsoever that he is not guilty which only goes to PROVE that he indeed IS a criminal.

Posted by: JRM2 | December 22, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse


To ANYONE that can PROVE what HOSPITAL and DOCTOR delivered OBAMA!!


Posted by: xinunus | December 22, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse


To ANYONE that can PROVE what HOSPITAL and DOCTOR delivered OBAMA!!


Posted by: xinunus | December 22, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse


To ANYONE that can PROVE what HOSPITAL and DOCTOR delivered OBAMA!!


Posted by: xinunus | December 22, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse


To ANYONE that can PROVE what HOSPITAL and DOCTOR delivered OBAMA!!


Posted by: xinunus | December 22, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse


To ANYONE that can PROVE what HOSPITAL and DOCTOR delivered OBAMA!!


Posted by: xinunus | December 22, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: xinunus | December 22, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Great. We have a Prez with a wax job. Just great.

Posted by: daman1 | December 22, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

LOL! :-D

The Messiah un-clothed!



Does the SS keep Boaters away too?

What about errant Windsurfers from Flat Island down the Beach?

Finally, get real about Kailua! Windward side, means Galvestanish!

As in Floatsam, Jetsam! Junk, Seaweed, Jellyfish...

FYI:-Kai, is Hawaiian for:Water!


Are we talking about for the Kanes or Wahinis?

Loose translation: Toilet Water! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | December 22, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Is this really the best that the once great, Watergate-era WaPo has to offer? How about just ONE of the many reporters covering The One in Hawaii stop in to the Department of Health and Vital Statistics to actually check Obama's LONG FORM birth certificate?

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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