Not since Bill Clinton famously answered the question “boxers or briefs” with “briefs, usually” has the underwear preference of the next president ever been so in doubt.
Not only did Barack Obama decline to answer the question when it was posed to him during his own presidential campaign (though he did say “But whichever one it is, I look good in ’em.”), but his presumptive challenger for re-election, Mitt Romney, doesn’t wear either kind. No, Mitt’s not sporting a jockstrap or G-string. As a devout Mormon, Romney puts on what’s called the temple garment, a sort of two-piece undershirt and boxer brief combo which serves as “an outward expression of an inward commitment” to his church.
In a post on GQ.com, intern and resident Mormon Dayna Clark explained to the unfaithful that “Like the Jewish tallit katan (the shawl worn during morning prayer) or the Islamic ihram (a garment worn during the hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca), [Temple Garments] are significant because of why we wear them, not because of what they look like.”
Designer Temple Garments are out, then. Not only is the underwear supposed to remind Mormons of the virtues of modesty, but they are taught to treat it as “the most sacred of all things in the world, next to their own virtue, next to their own purity of life.”
So even if we hear more about Mitt’s drawers as the election season heats up, we’re most likely not going to see them. The next president’s probably going to have more on his plate than holy underpants can be of help with. Though we will give Mitt this: at least he’s changed the question from “boxers or briefs” to “boxers, briefs or neither?”