In order to increase support for his waning presidential candidacy and to attract more gay and female voters, Senator Barack Obama has agreed to pose nude for Playgirl Magazine.
Political strategists suggest that although Obama has the majority of the black vote, Hillary Clinton has been garnering most of the female and homosexual voters.
"I know many women and gay men have been anxious to know what I look like naked", Obama said a a press conference outside Playgirl Headquarters this afternoon. "Therefore, I have decided to show the American people that I have nothing to hide".
Michele Zipp, Playgirl's editor-in-chief, said she is looking forward to working with Senator Obama. "He's a total beefcake", she said in an interview. "I'm sliding off my chair just thinking about him!"
Some heterosexual men were not as enthusiastic about seeing Obama in the buff. Larry Serven, a bartender at New York's Katwalk Bar & Lounge, said, "I don't want to see that guy with his black schlong hanging out! My wife would start comparing me to him and I'd never hear the end of it!"
Though this will undoubtedly help Obama in the polls among women and gay men, Hillary still has the lesbian vote firmly locked up.
"There's nothing I can do about that", Obama said remorsefully.