Presidential Dips: US Presidents in Bathing Suits

PHOTO: Mitt Romney dives into Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H., on July 6, 2012, as he continues his vacation with his family from the campaign trail.
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Even presidents -- and presidential candidates -- need a break every once in a while. Whether it's on a week-long vacation or just a quick dip, presidents have been pulling on their swim trunks for getaways and, in some cases, for official business, for years. Check out past, present and potentially future presidents' beach styles here.

PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney dives into Lake Winnipesaukee at Winter Harbor in Wolfeboro, N.H., July 6, 2012.
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Mitt Romney

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney spent the week of the Fourth vacationing with his extended family in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, as per Romney tradition. Between the jetskiing, ice-cream eating and parade attending, Romney spent much of his week clad in his suit -- swimsuit, that is.

PHOTO: President Barack Obama, then senator, is shown walking on the beach after body-surfing in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Barack Obama

President Barack Obama, who spent his adolescence living in Hawaii, likes to prove he's still got it when he heads back to the islands for vacation every now and then with his family. Many opt for full-body wetsuits when surfing, but Obama prefers his good old fashioned trunks, it would seem.

PHOTO: President Ronald Reagan tosses a coconut, on the beach at Kahala Beach, in the midst of a stroll and swim in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 23, 1984.
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Ronald Reagan

True to his California roots, President Ronald Reagan was spotted in swimsuits throughout his presidency and beyond. The water-loving Reagan was often spotted on the shores of Hawaii or California when not busy with presidential business.

PHOTO: President Gerald Ford,
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Gerald Ford

President Gerald Ford shared a few words with his French counterpart, Valery Giscard D'Estaing poolside at the pair's hotel in Martinique on Christmas Eve 1974. The two were attending a summit meeting.

PHOTO: President John F. Kennedy is shown relaxing in the South Pacific, in 1943, long before becoming president.
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John F. Kennedy

Well before his presidency, then Navy Lt. John F. Kennedy was photographed in the South Pacific in 1943. He was on duty as the skipper of PT boat 109 at the time.

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