A sex shop owner has challenged first lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to compete in a “bump and grind showdown” for a children’s charity.
And sources say there’s “a fair chance” the most recognizable women in American politics will slip into bikinis – or at least one-piece bathing suits – and go at it live on pay-per-view cable for everyone on the planet to see.
“Michelle isn’t the dowdy old party pooper that people think she is and this could be a kind of ‘coming out’ party for her,” a Beltway insider with ties to both women told me in an exclusive interview
“Anybody who knows Hillary will tell you that she’s never been one to shy away from a good time. And besides, this would give her a chance to show her husband, former President Bill Clinton, what he’s missing when he spends all his time looking at other women.
“With all his womanizing, he seems to have forgotten that Hillary is a brilliant, beautiful and sexy woman who’s getting prettier as she gets older.
“The same goes for Mrs. Obama. It’s true that people perceive her as being prim and proper to a fault. But when the first lady lets her hair down, watch out – she’s a wildcat.”
The triple X theater owner, identified by his attorney as “Roger of Chicago”, says he hit on the idea of a bump-and-grind dance contest involving big-name political figures after watching a documentary on poverty in the United States.
“When I heard that over 21 percent of American children are living in poverty it made me sick to my stomach,” he says. “I thought, ‘How can this be? Why are we letting our kids go to school hungry?’
“I started thinking of ways to draw attention to the problem and raise money at the same time. It occurred to me that Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Clinton are among the best-known and most powerful women on earth. And that power and celebrity make them incredibly sexy.
“And then it hit me: ‘If Hillary and Michelle were competing in an dance contest, everybody would pay good money to see them.’
“We’re not talking about some cheesy back-room amateur night at a topless club. We’re talking about the ultimate pay-for-view for the best cause I can think of – our children.”
The businessman says he telephoned “a few friends in high places” who in turn contacted aides to Mrs. Clinton, 64, and Mrs. Obama, 48. No official word yet on whether the women will agree to what he’s already calling in flyers, “Hillary & Michelle’s Bump ‘n’ Grind Face Off.”
But Washington is buzzing with the possibilities.
“I’ve got my fingers crossed,” says a Clinton pal who requested anonymity. “This would be bigger than a presidential debate and a heck of a lot more interesting.”
Adds an Obama insider: “I think the first lady will go for it. The wild card is President Obama. If he thinks the face off would offend voters, he’ll nix the plan.
“Of course, if that happens I wouldn’t put it past Hillary to go solo and then make political hay over Michelle’s forfeit. Hillary says she has no desire to run for president in the 2016 election. But I’m not so sure. A stunt like this could help her seem warmer and a little more human, not so distant, not so stiff.”
In Las Vegas, bookmakers are taking the proposed face off very seriously, with Hillary considered a 3 to 1 favorite to win – if she and Michelle compete.
“Hillary’s got the edge but the first lady isn’t exactly chopped liver,” says one bookie. “If she makes up her mind, she could be a sleeper.”