The importance of Obama’s beefcake photo

Jan 17, 2007 11:17am

Last night on Nightline, we took a longer look at Mr. Obama; the DOT COM version is here.

Of note: the bathing-suit photo of Sen. Obama that appeared in PEOPLE magazine. Aside from its obvious cheese factor, there was a real issue there for the senator and his family, according to family friend Valerie Jarrett.

"He was mortified. … It was a wake-up call. They think they are enjoying a quiet family moment, and they weren’t," Jarrett said. "So in a sense it’s a message that this is what their life is going to be like, and he’s decided that it’s worth it."

– jt

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