Several years ago, when I was running with a recently boyfriended fellow member of the DC Front Runners, our heads turned for a better view of a rather fetching fellow who crossed our path.
“Hey,” I said to my running partner, “What are you doing? You’ve got a boyfriend!”
“My hubby,” he replied, “doesn’t care where I get my appetite so long as I eat at home.”
And like us gay guys, straight men also check out the objects of their attraction (in their case members of the opposite sex) even when happily married. (I’ve seen my straight married friends check out women at my gym.) We’re men. It happens. We’re drawn to physically attractive people. And so long as acknowledging that attraction doesn’t prevent those partnered among us from being faithful to their spouses, well, then so what?
And such was my response when I heard tell that the Presidents of the United States and France were caught ogling a rather fetching female. I mean, what’s the fuss? Neither called this attractive young woman his soul-mate or arranged clever means to pay for her “services.” She just crossed their path and they, well, they just enjoyed the view (as would I suspect countless other men similarly “inclined”*). (Okay, okay, if they did go out and pay for such a view, they would not be so innocent.)
. . . wasn’t even paying attention to the young girl in the wine-colored dress. Obama was helping another young woman down the stairs and glancing down to grab her hand.
So, there’s really not any there there. But, if there were, all it would be would be evidence that Barack Obama and Nicholas Sarkozy are just red-blooded heterosexual males. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.