Agence France-Presse is playing up the man-pleasing chicks-in-bras-and-panties magazine Maxim's blatantly political decision to place Michelle Obama on their "sexy list" of the "Maxim Hot 100."
Billed as the "stimulus package America really needs," the British-based international magazine known for revealing pictorials of models and actresses showcases Obama in her tasteful official White House portrait.
In the rare accolade for a political spouse, the magazine notes that her husband President Barack Obama "may be dealing with two wars, an economic meltdown, and a rapidly graying dome.
"But at least our Commander in Chief gets to come home to the hottest First Lady in the history of these United States."
AFP does help underline the strangeness of this by noting who's below Michelle (#93) on the 100:
Maxim's self-described "eyeball-searing, fantasy-fulfilling, brain-exploding" list has Obama topping "Top Chef" host and model Padma Lakshmi (#95) and Oscar-winning "Wrestler" star (#97).
The idea that Michelle Obama is hotter than Padma Lakshmi wouldn't exactly work in a poll of Maxim subscribers, and it's not like Maxim's convinced this ranking will convince Michelle to do a photo shoot for them. This just becomes another chance for media outlets to try and add glitz and glamour to Team Obama, no matter how ridiculous the attempt looks.