Brian Williams Gushes Over Shirtless Obama Vacation Photos

On Wednesday's NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams took some time out from reporting the news of the day in order to fawn over President Obama's shirtless athletics on a beach in Hawaii, proclaiming: "...the photos that leaked from the President's vacation that may reverberate with middle aged men everywhere."  

As still shots of Obama in his bathing suit appeared on screen, Williams announced: "The photos that come out today may make it tougher for men of a certain age who go to the beach for summer vacation this year because a lot of guys are now going to be expected to dive for every football that comes remotely close to them. This is the 50-year-old President of the United States on New Year's Day in what appears to be a hardcore beach football game."

The sycophantic fluff was reminiscent of media adulation over similar Hawaii vacation photos of then-President-elect Obama in December of 2008. At that time, Today co-host Matt Lauer declared: "And fit to serve, Barack Obama photographed shirtless in Hawaii and a lot of women are giving him the presidential seal of approval."

More recently, in an interview with outgoing presidential assistant Reggie Love on Rock Center, Williams praised the Obama family: "...like a retro almost 1950s American family, that there's a – kind of a wholesomeness about them. They play board games, they play on the floor of the living room with the dog, they're not – the girls aren't allowed a lot of TV and social media."

Here is a transcript of Williams' January 4 item on the Obama vacation photos:

7:18PM ET TEASE:

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Up next here tonight, the photos that leaked from the President's vacation that may reverberate with middle aged men everywhere.

7:22PM ET SEGMENT:

WILLIAMS: The photos that come out today may make it tougher for men of a certain age who go to the beach for summer vacation this year because a lot of guys are now going to be expected to dive for every football that comes remotely close to them. This is the 50-year-old President of the United States on New Year's Day in what appears to be a hardcore beach football game. Somebody snapped these pictures even though the President was on the grounds of a protected U.S. Marine base on Oahu during the First Family's ten-day vacation.

Kyle Drennen
Kyle Drennen
Kyle Drennen is a News Analyst for MRC