Robert Burck, New York's famous naked cowboy, is running for president in 2012. The official announcement is on his Web site, with imagery vaguely reminiscent of President Obama's trademark red white and blue sunrise from the 2008 campaign.
It's not yet known if the world-famous busker will campaign in just his underwear, a cowboy hat and a guitar, his trademark uniform on the streets of New York City, where's he's been singing and dancing for decades.
This won't be the first time the Naked Cowboy's thrown his hat in the political rodeo. According to the Associated Press, Burck ran for mayor of New York City in 2009. He also majored in political science at the University of Cincinnati.
The "Reverend Naked Cowboy" also performs marriages in Times Square, starting at $499.
When reached for comment, the naked cowboy's publicist/campaign manager, Todd Rubenstein, said that Burck won't be making any official statements until after his news conference announcing his run. That's taking place Wednesday in Times Square. Rubenstein made a point to remind us here at The Post that all press pass holders can join the naked cowboy after the event for FREE naked cowboy oysters & beer.(Now, that's a way to start a campaign for president.)
While we wait for the candidate's first words about his campaign, we're left with a brief statement in his online news release:
"America needs a president who believes in America. America needs a president who will stand up for America and protect its language, its borders, and most importantly, its culture ... "
And apparently, we need a president who will do that standing (and maybe singing, too?) in his underwear.