On Sunday, tens of thousands of people around the world boarded subway cars without pants, during the 13th annual “No Pants Subway Ride.” Participants are encouraged to act normal, as if there’s nothing wrong with the way they’re (un)dressed. The event has grown in popularity each year, but 2014 marked the first time politicians and political pundits got involved in the event.
Former US President Bill Clinton and former Congressman Anthony Weiner were both seen in Manhattan on Sunday. Clinton donned a leather jacket, bright yellow “banana hammock” undergarments, and a Clinton Global Initiative T-shirt, while Weiner wore an alarmingly tight pair of boxer-briefs and a John Lennon-style “New York City” T-shirt. Both men were in high spirits during the event.
“This event is just for fun… for laughs,” Clinton explained when reporters approached him. “But I figured this was a great chance to raise awareness for the Clinton Global Initiative. I’m inviting all of these young people, especially the women, back to my place later, to talk about CGI and to try and get them involved, through personal engagement.”
“I think what Bill is doing is great, and I’m really glad he invited me along to take part in this,” Weiner chimed in. “This event is a great way to raise awareness. My awareness couldn’t be any more raised than it is right now. I have some raging, throbbing awareness going on. This should be a monthly or even a weekly event.”
Conservatives also used the event to raise awareness for their causes. Former Pennsylvania Senator and 2012 GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum was joined by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), 2016 Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and conservative radio pundit Glenn Beck in Chicago, Illinois, where they also road the subway without pants, in the hopes of bringing attention to what they see as faults in the Obama administration.
“The four of us traveled to the only American city where we know Obama has lived for a fact, Chicago, and we’re refusing to wear pants in protest of how he `pantsed’ America,” Cruz announced, as the group departed a subway car. “Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS, his birth certificate, the recession he created, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars he started, he’s black… he’s just a walking, talking scandal. when Obama `won’ in 2008, it was like he walked up behind America, snickered at us, and yanked our pants down to our ankles. We don’t know why he hates America so much, but we’re not going to stand for it any longer, and when he’s up for reelection in 2016, we’re totally going to defeat him and send him back to Chicago, or Kenya, with nothing but the clothes on his back!”
In a more bipartisan event, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joined up with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), and Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), to ride the Los Angeles subway together, without pants, while shooting a TV commercial aimed at bolstering tourism in California. However, the ad program was canceled midday, after the director realized showing the four of them in their underpants would be highly detrimental to California’s tourism efforts.