With the announcement last week that Mitt Romney was selecting Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his vie-presidential running mate, bloggers, researchers and otherwise curious voyeurs took to the internet and began searching for "Paul Ryan shirtless". Rumors have long circulated that Paul Ryan was " the fittest man in Congress." Whether or not you chose to believe that hype, you have to admit that we have entered into a new era in American politics in which it is not only necessary for those running for the highest office in our land to be perceived as "strong", now they apparently have to possess well-developed pectoral muscles, biceps and firm gluteals. When the statue of George Washington (pictured above) was originally sculpted in 1840, it was viewed quite negatively as a Greek vision of what our first president actually looked like. People were embarrassed by the half-naked statues and dubbed it the "Zeus Washington". It was banished to the East Lawn of the Capitol Rotunda until it was eventually given to the Smithsonian Institute where it resides today. Apparently that embarrassment is outdated and in a continuation of our culture's appreciation of superficial physical beauty, we now expect our president's to be fit and strong. Here's a photo survey of how more recent president's looked without their clothes on.
Bill Clinton's past fondness for Dunkin' Doughnuts was all too obvious here.
JFK embodied the concept of the young, viral and studly president, more than any other that I can recall.
Ford fit the mold of "safe and reliable" something we needed at a time when our nation was ripped apart by scandals in the Oval Office and as such, his pecs and abs did not exactly scream, " Hot".
|Lots of Daddy Hair on that chest|
|Can't tell you about Tricky Dick's Abs --- they were hidden by his bathing suit!|
|Reagan's Abs were tight in his Hollywood Days...|
|... but too many dinners at the Jockey Club with Nancy changed that!|
While I hate to give any publicity to the despicable duo of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, I somehow feel obliged to provide their shirtless photos, so here they are:
|Mitt's Abs and Pecs seem to blend. He's got a lot to work on.|
I'll be the first to admit that his body is a big improvement over Mitt's, I just don't understand the hype his body has received. His arms are not developed and his legs are what we call "pigeon legs" in my gym. The pecs and abs are not bad but let me just say that Channing Tatum has nothing to worry about!