Opinion: Barack Obama gets the boxers vs. briefs question


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Yup, he’s not even the Democratic nominee for president yet, but Sen. Barack Obama got the boxers vs. briefs question from Us magazine. Really old people will remember that way back in 1992, MTV asked Bill Clinton the same question and he said boxers.

And the world was a much more informed place as a result, although we had no idea at that time how much more informed we would become about Bill Clinton and his personal habits during ensuing years.

The Obama question happened during an interview with the celebrity magazine Us, which has released a few of the questions and answers early in order to hype its sales this week.


They asked Obama how familiar he was with Us and he said, ‘My wife reads it.’ So we know the senator is no girly magazine guy.

They asked him if his daughters talked a lot about Britney Spears. And he said they were down on Britney and Paris and considered them ‘very yuck.’ He said they were much more into Hannah Montana and Beyonce. OK, good, sensible.

They asked him if he ever got starstruck and he said no, what impressed him was when celebrities like George Clooney do their homework and use their fame to advocate for causes like Darfur. So we know how socially committed he wants to be.

And then Us asked him The Big One, the question they had kept until they got some useful answers on tape just in case he walked out over an inquiry about his....

underwear. So: boxers or briefs? they asked.

And here’s the surprising answer the candidate gave in this day and age: ‘I don’t answer those humiliating questions.’

Good for him. Good for him. Some people will vote for Obama just because of that dignified reply.

And then Obama added a bit more. He said, ‘But whichever one it is, I look good in ‘em.’

-- Andrew Malcolm

Image from People Magazine