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GRIN AND BARE IT: A revealing history of public servants deciding to make the personal political.

1797: Responding to rumors of corruption, ex-Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton publishes a tell-all pamphlet detailing his "amorous connection" with another man's wife.

1906: Secretary of War William Taft announces that he wants to get his weight down to 250 pounds. After three months of dieting, he reports losing 20 pounds, thanks to low-fat fare and "some exercises that make me look ridiculous."

1942: While running for governor of California, Earl Warren grudgingly agrees to try to soften his image by publishing a photo of his family. He wins but fires his political consultants.

1952: In response to allegations of political payoffs, VP candidate Richard Nixon gives a lengthy speech about his finances and campaign gifts he's received--including his family's dog, Checkers.

1965: Following gallbladder surgery, President Lyndon Johnson lifts his shirt (right) to show off his 12-inch-long scar.

1976: Presidential hopeful Jimmy Carter confesses to Playboy, "I've committed adultery in my heart many times."

1994: Asked about his underwear preference by a 17-year-old girl at an MTV forum, President Bill Clinton replies, "Usually briefs."

2000: Onstage at the Democratic National Convention, Al and Tipper Gore break with tradition by displaying unbridled marital affection with, as the New York Times put it, "a full-mouthed kiss that lasted a [sic] exceptionally long time"--three seconds.

2016: During a Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump reassures America that his penis is not unusually small: "I guarantee you there's no problem. I guarantee."

2017: Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, a candidate for governor, makes an unprompted disclosure on Facebook: "In the A last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females."

2018: Responding to Trump's claim that she lied about her ancestry, Sen. Elizabeth Warren reveals the results of a DNA test, which suggests she had a Native American ancestor at least six generations ago.

2019: While interviewing his dental hygienist on Instagram, Beto O'Rourke shares his teeth cleaning with the world.

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Author:Gilson, Dave
Publication:Mother Jones
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2019
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