A Journal Sentinel photo of Dick Cheney is unexpectedly revealing.

by peter robertson

Joining Vice resident Dick Cheney?s motorcade in Green Bay, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photographer Dale Guldan hoped to capture a unique image during an otherwise scripted campaign visit in September."

Did he ever.

Jumping on and off the press bus, Guldan says he took dozens of pictures at well-orchestrated photo opportunities.

On the way to Milwaukee, however, former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr convinced Cheney to make an unscheduled stop in Glendale to visit local favorite Kopp?s Frozen Custard, according to New York Times reporter Rick Lyman.

When Cheney ordered a decaf coffee and sat on a concrete ledge outside, Kopp?s manager Scott Borkin graciously brought him a sample of frozen custard. The guy came all the way from the White House, Borkin says. He?s got to try our custard.

The normally serious Cheney flashed a winning smile for Borkin, and Guldan snapped an attention-grabbing photo that would later be chosen for the front page of the paper?s September 11 Metro section.

Guldan got a call from a reader the next day. "Did you notice anything unusual about that picture?" the reader asked.

Upon closer inspection, it seems the vice president?s smile was not his biggest, ahem, asset. Is that what we think it is?

?You?re not imagining it,? Guldan says of the unintentionally revealing photo.

Let?s just say the snugness of Cheney?s pants left little to the imagination, and we?re not talking about his waistline.

One Journal Sentinel reader pointed out the blooper in an e-mail to WKLH-FM radio hosts Dave Luczak, Carole Caine and Kevin Brandt, who had a hoot talking about it during their popular morning show.

?It?s nice to have someone of that magnitude in the White House,? Brandt joked.

?He?s got a porn career right there,? Caine snickered.

?Now we know where his unmitigated confidence comes from,? Luczak quipped.