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Magazine Photoshops the Black Off Barack

4/21/2009 1:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Barack Obama on the cover of the new issue of the Washingtonian (left) and the exact same candid pic that TMZ posted in December (right).

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The editor-at-large tells TMZ the decision to change Obama's swimsuit from black to red was "purely artistic" because of the background being black.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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1.

PEPSI Generation    

Black is the new white

1828 days ago
2.

Brian    

Gives a whole new meaning to Commander in Chief!

1828 days ago
3.

LWood    

Whatever....
who cares?

1828 days ago
4.

Wow    

He would look like a chest with a pair of legs missing the rest of his torso if it was kept black. Slow news day, eh TMZ?

1828 days ago
5.

PEPSI Generation    

I wood still eat his shorts off!.

1828 days ago
6.

PEPSI Generation    

It still looks pretty dark down there longtime!

1828 days ago
7.

DJ    

Non- Story

1828 days ago
8.

xcalibur    

OHH DAYUMM THEY MADE HIM BLACKER TOO. NOTICE THE DARKER SHADING.. IS THAT TO APPEASE THE BRUTHAS AL SHARPTON AND JESSE JACKSON??? SMDH.

1828 days ago
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MojoCeltica    

Disrespectful. He is being portrayed in the media like a Hollywood celebrity instead of the President.

1828 days ago
10.

susie    

He thinks he ALL that. Whatever!

1828 days ago
11.

Bex    

That is one ugly terrorist....

1828 days ago
12.

Bren    

How sweet...they dyed his hair for him too!

1828 days ago
13.

CMJNM    

I did notice that his skin is blacker too

1828 days ago
14.

Terri    

Get a clue - when you are a TOP political figure, along with being a successful author, and as popular as he is (even with all his racist haters on here) an amount of celebrity goes along with the job. It always has and always will. Have you been living in the stone ages?

1828 days ago
15.

Mare    

Seriously this is a joke. The President of the United States of America should not be seen like this in public let alone on the cover of a magazine.I think it demeans the whole honor and respect of the office . Its poor taste . I think the President should be " working out" in the oval office trying to figure out what the hell to do about all of problems we have as a country. and all that needs to be done in the world today. I do however believe that Matthew McConaughey should continued to photographed shirtless.

1828 days ago
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