Shameless Sexual Objectification of Politicians

Sarah Palin's legs
Sarah Palin's legs

Anger, intelligence, and wit are ultimately more seductive than zero percent body fat. -Maria Raha

With the world in danger of its greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression, American boys and girls still losing their limbs and their lives in a seemingly never-ending guerrilla war overseas, civil liberties under attack, the middle class under pressure, and the environment threatening more chaos by the day, sometimes you need to just sit back and be as shallow as humanly possible.

Fortunately, in this election year of 2008, that has rarely been easier.

Just look at McCain's choice for veep! The former beauty queen's debate performance received the following gushing praise from the National Review's Rich Lowry:

"I'm sure I'm not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, "Hey, I think she just winked at me." And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America."

Source: ontd_political
Source: ontd_political

The world of politics even collides bizarrely with the world of RPF with the planned opening of a website devoted to Sarah Palin-centered erotica.

All this attention on Palin, however, obscures the simple truth that Obama/Biden will see Republicans' VPILF and raise a PILF!

At least one female blogger said "Pfft!" to Palin's "starbursts":

I have complained on this blog about the frustration I feel when people talk about how Palin is hot. And so as I explain how I feel about Biden -- swoony, sweaty, Joe Fucking Biden! -- I have to check myself. To what extent is this a base physical response, a girlie crush indicative of nothing substantive and perhaps even somewhat embarrassing? Maybe. Possibly. Probably. At least a little bit.

But to what extent is it the euphoria of watching a man with real command of facts, details and history? The gratification of agreeing with the person at the microphone when you feel as though you have been robbed of a voice? The satisfaction of watching Biden knock Palin down -- not like an animal, but like a gentleman and a scholar? To what extent is it my throbbing boner (pardon the expression) for gentlemen and scholars? As one of my friends said this morning, he played the romantic hero. And I know it might sound weird, but as I watched him last night one word kept popping into my head, and that word was: virile.

A recent profile of Biden's wife Jill, sister Valerie, and other female relatives by Vogue magazine also made it abundantly clear why Biden's record on women's rights is so strong. Not only are these women beautiful, but they are also intelligent, opinionated, and independent-minded.

Source: Vogue
Source: Vogue

And as for Barack himself... well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words...

The famous shirtless picture
The famous shirtless picture

In not-quite-so-shallow objectification, it is helpful to remember that the man was a law professor, and although teacher-student is not my kink, incorrigible nerdhood is. Really, really is.

If you do not happen to be the sort of person, as I am, who used to print the drafts of my college papers up one-sided so I could write notes all over the front, all over the back, and, in some cases, even cut them up into pieces and tape them back together into an order that satisfied me, then you can only probably imagine what this picture of Obama's notes on the draft of one of his speeches did to me!

Ooh, daddy! It's getting hot in here!


Of course, we can't possibly forget Michelle either.

In fact, the only thing better than Barack and Michelle alone is Barack and Michelle together.

It's refreshing to see a political couple who so obviously just plain adore each other. And are probably having better sex than you too.

Source: ontd_political
Source: ontd_political

And while we're talking about sexy politicians...

Please allow me to point out Mr. Scott Kleeb, Yale-educated ex-ranch hand turned Democratic candidate for Senate in Nebraska...

Source: kleeb_for_senate on Flickr
Source: kleeb_for_senate on Flickr

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Comments 13 comments

Melissa G profile image

Melissa G 8 years ago from Tempe, AZ

Great hub and great photos of Barack and Michelle! I feel all giggly and happy when I see photos of them together. :)

And wow--Scott Kleeb is HOT!

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gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

Hello Scotty! I might have to move to Nebraska, if they grow like that, I'm all packed and ready to go.

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Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

awwww, delicious legs... :D

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Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

Very sexy pictures. I feel sure I wouldn't do quite as well if I looked around our parliament. Scotty is definitely cute, and I love the easy rapport between the OBamas.

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kerryg 8 years ago from USA Author

Melissa, I know! They are so adorable I can hardly stand it. :)

gwendymom, having stood within 10 feet of him on a couple occasions, I can assure you he is, if anything, even MORE good-looking in person. It's craaaazy. The first time I saw him live I was reduced to gaping at him like some silly little lovesick teenager.

Misha, sorry it's not a more complete picture! It's a shame (well, sort of) this one's fake: ;)

Amanda, we are definitely blessed with some hotties this election cycle! Here's hoping the British politicians get their acts together for you soon. ;)

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gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

I don't think gaping at him is all I would have done. This man is beautiful. I think I would have to have had a bucket to catch all the drool falling from my mouth. All I can say is Damn!

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Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

LOL Kerry, that I already saw on one of the Hal's hubs - but thatnks anyway :)

And now I see why Obama is scoring that high with women :D

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shibashake 8 years ago

Hmmm, I don't know. Sarah still wins. She is the only one who will pretend to read my hubs since she reads anything that is put in front of her. Also when our economy goes to hell, she is the only one that can hunt for my dinner. :)

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kerryg 8 years ago from USA Author

gwendymom, I did a SquidWho lens for him awhile back and let me tell you, sifting through his Flickr stream for pictures to include was really, deeply painful. ;)

Misha, I vote based on issues, but the fact that he's excellent eye candy is certainly making this election season much more enjoyable than usual!

shibashake, hee! Actually, I believe Biden hunts too, but possibly not anything as big as a moose.

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sschilke 8 years ago


I think Palin is a good looking women. Does this fact change my voting habbits? No, but it certainly did make the debate with Biden more interesting.

Enjoyed the hub.


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hot dorkage 8 years ago from Oregon, USA

Palin Hot yes, I guess. My vote NO WAY!

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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Hillary and her pantsuits at the Democratic National Convention...

Obsessed 5 years ago

Fan f****ing tastic but this "o" is giving me cramps!

Cut the power.

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