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White House to Media: No Shirtless Photos of Obama

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The White House has reportedly banned media members who are following President Obama around on his Hawaii vacation from taking photographs of the president without his shirt on.

Just before Obama and his family went on a snorkling adventure on Wednesday, The New York Times writes that reporters were given a stern warning:

The White House gave the press pool traveling with the president strict instructions that there would be no long lenses or other sneaky attempts to take pictures of a shirtless leader of the free world.

The edict follows the embarrassment of Obama's 2008 vacation, when fresh off his election victory he allowed photographers to take pictures of him as he emerged from the ocean (above). The image appeared in newspapers and on magazine covers around the world.

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This isn't the first time a similar order was issued. When Obama went swimming with his daughter in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year to show everyone the water was safe after the oil spill, he was only photographed while in the water, from the neck up. "I'm not going to let you guys take a picture of me with my shirt off,'' he told them.