02/07/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama On Shirtless Photo: "My Wife Was Tickled By Me Blushing"

***Photo from Bauer Griffin****

During an interview with CNBC Wednesday, President-elect Obama discussed the shirtless photo of him seen around the world last month. The photo, provided by the Bauer Griffin agency (you can see and read about it on their blog here), canvassed newspapers around the world and many a website - including HuffPost.

Pres.-elect OBAMA: How do you stay in touch with the flow of everyday life? You know, when we were on vacation in Hawaii, I was greatly discouraged from going body surfing. Going to get shave ice was a major ordeal. And you know...

HARWOOD: Well, were you told not to walk outside without your shirt on? Pres.-elect OBAMA: Well, the--I learned of that after the first day. But I think that...

HARWOOD: Was that--was that an embarrassment to you? Or do you care? You got a lot of commentary about that.

Pres.-elect OBAMA: You know, it was--it was silly, but, you know, silliness goes with this job.

HARWOOD: You got some flattery for that. Pres.-elect OBAMA: Well, you know, the--my wife was tickled by me blushing.

Anyway, what point was I making here, John? We got sidetracked by the...