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Shirtless Politicians: Anthony Weiner Not Alone (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 06/06/11 06:02 PM ET   Updated: 11/15/11 05:26 AM ET

Anthony Weiner probably wishes his shirtless photo -- among other images -- hadn't been made public. But that beefcake picture actually puts the Democratic congressman in select company.

Weiner (D-N.Y.) has joined the ranks of bare-chested lawmakers and world leaders who have been photographed without a shirt.

The stripped down list of stripped down politicians includes American presidents like John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Overseas leaders are no stranger to overexposure -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have both been photographed topless.

Shirtless photos can give a politician a boost, as they did when Americans were surprised to see then president-elect Obama's fit physique during a beach vacation.

Or they can lead to a politician's downfall, as was the case for former Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.), who resigned after sending shirtless photos of himself to a woman via a Craigslist ad.


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  • Anthony Weiner

    This image obtained by shows Representative Anthony Weiner shirtless. Weiner allegedly e-mailed the photo to an unknown woman.

  • Chris Lee

    Rep. Chris Lee of New York abruptly resigned after the Gawker website revealed that the Republican had e-mailed this photo of himself to a woman he met through Craigslist. Lee, 46, is married with one son. He described himself in e-mails as a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist.

  • President Obama

    Politicians are rarely seen shirtless, but it's been known to happen. In August 2008, just three months before winning the presidential election, Sen. Barack Obama is pictured while body surfing in Honolulu.

  • Vladimir Putin

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is famous for photos such as this one, taken during a fishing trip along the Yenisei River in 2007, while he was serving as president.

  • Nicolas Sarkozy

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy relaxes during a 2008 vacation in Cavaliere, France.

  • President Clinton

    President Bill Clinton was still in his first year in office when reporters snapped this photo of him at the Kahala Hilton in Honolulu. Clinton and his wife joined daughter Chelsea for a short family vacation in July 1993.

  • Ronald Reagan

    President Ronald Reagan had already celebrated his 73rd birthday when he and wife Nancy were photographed at Kahala Beach, Honolulu. The picture was taken on April 23, 1984.

  • Gerald Ford

    Just because you're in a swimsuit doesn't mean you can't lead. In this December 1974 photo, President Gerald Ford talks with French leader Valery Giscard d'Estaing at the hotel pool in the Caribbean island of Martinique.

  • JFK

    In 1943, 17 years before he would reach the Oval Office, President John F. Kennedy is shown while serving in the Navy.

  • Kevin Yoder

    Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder has been criticized for skinny dipping in Israel's Sea of Galilee during a congressional fact-finding mission in 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)


Filed by Ben Muessig  |