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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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16.

Bex    

Oh, please. Let's not kid ourselves...they are ashamed the president is black. Racist jerks.

1821 days ago
17.

MB    

Disrespectful; he is the president, not a celebrity.

1821 days ago
18.

Tracy    

Duh, the ORIGINAL picture was taken BEFORE he became president and moved into the White House. TMZ posted the same picture in DECEMBER.

1821 days ago
19.

MojoCeltica    

# 15 Have you been living in the stone ages?

No, just the age where there used to be respect for the Office of the President. Well, perhaps that WAS the stone age. I stand corrected.

1821 days ago
20.

Nadine    

It has nothing to do with black..so knock it off TMZ. You are just trying to stir up controversy!! It's ovbious why they did it. In the pic with his black shorts his "package" is quite visable. I think they photoshopped it in red because red is a softer color to smooth out imperfections (if you want to call it an inperfection..LOL)

1821 days ago
21.

concerned    

I would just like to address this post: 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.
You are a complete idiot. "Seen like this in public"!!!??? The man has his shirt off and is in a tasteful pair of swim trunks not a speedo or a thong! Furthermore the whole "working out in the oval office" is just stupid in regards to this picture because this was taken before he took office while he was in Hawaii with his grandmother. I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for President Obama, I supported him and even contributed money throughout the campaign, but I also think he is HOTTTTTTTT!!! this picture just adds one more reason for why I am positive we got the right guy for the job, could you imagine John McCain in his swimmies like this on the cover of the AARP Magazine, BLAH!

1821 days ago
22.

j9    

So much for the dignity of the Office of President of the United States. Have we dumbed down this far? Put a shirt on that guy. Its embarrassing for everyone.

1821 days ago
23.

MojoCeltica    

#21 "...could you imagine John McCain in his swimmies..."

ROFLMAO ::choke choke::

The photo may have been taken before he was President, however, now that he IS President, it would be nice if we could maintain a small degree of decorum...

1821 days ago
24.

cindy    

Oh a shocker!! MORE smoke & mirrors!

1821 days ago
25.

Annie    

Man boobs!!

1821 days ago
26.

Annie    

#23 seeing John Mccain in a swim suit is ALMOST as terrifying as seeing B Hussein O in the Oval office!

1821 days ago
27.

chelbell    

Terri, yes, a bit of celebrity status comes with being the POTUS but enough is enough. He needs to get to work doing the job he was elected for and stop parading around for all of the photo ops. This country is going to hell and the media cares only who gets the best BO pix of the day. Sickening.

1821 days ago
28.

Miss Dawn    

Mr. President is FINE!!!! Gorgeous, smart, brilliant, poised, classy, gracious, love children, educated, sophisticated, young, rich & BLACK! i LOVE YOU BARACK OBAMA (though I do NOT care one iota for your spouse!...and know you should have done better in the bed department. The only thing "bad" I have to say about Barack Obama is Michelle.

1821 days ago
29.

Fluffy P    

I agree Annie he needs a training bra.

1821 days ago
30.

who has the facts? ME    

Lucky Michelle !
A cute, hot, and most importantly, INTELLEGENT new President of the United States!!
What a change from the last 8 years.
He's great no matter what color he's wearing. Now if he would just prosecute Bush and Cheney for torture, he would be perfect!

1821 days ago
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