The Republicans who decided to cap off their visit to the Holy Land last summer with a drunken dip in the Sea of Galilee have been roundly rebuked and ridiculed for their behavior, which, to be clear, would have been fine if they a) didn't have to enjoy an expensive revel with taxpayer money and b) their party wasn't so sanctimonious about things people do with their naked bodies. Though House Republican leaders have given the most naked swimmer, Rep. Kevin Yoder from Kansas, a harsh tongue-lashing for being drunk and stupid, Yoder has found support from one hilarious and unlikely quarter — the American Association for Nude Recreation.
The venerable AANR, which has served as "the credible voice for nude recreation since 1931," thinks that Yoder's spontaneous disrobing could go a long way towards promoting the "cause" of nude recreation, or, to put it another way, doing stuff naked. According to the nudist lobby, "Congressman Yoder is a typical American who enjoys skinny-dipping," and the reaction to news of his skinny-dipping during a trip to Israel has "been mostly positive" among the nude swimming community, a demographic that Yoder, a Kansas politician, unfortunately won't be able to rely on for his next election.
According to the AANR's annals, Yoder joins quite an illustrious group of politicians who purportedly enjoyed the feel of cool, moonlit water on their balls, a list that includes John Quincy Adams, Teddy Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy (obviously), Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush.
Pledging a Nude Deal [WaPo]