Everyone's favorite daytime punching bag Elisabeth Hasselbeck has undergone an impressive physical transformation in the six months since birthing son Taylor Thomas, shedding every trace of her pregnancy weight and showing off her newly shredded, Survivor-era physique on the cover of this month's Fitness magazine. (An alternate cover, featuring The View co-host in a revealing two-piece bathing suit reading, "Mission Accomplished," was ultimately deemed to be in questionable taste, and rejected in favor of the fetching aqua design you see above.)
In the accompanying interview, Hasselbeck reveals that with age, comes a measure of wisdom and inner-peace regarding God's Bigger Plan For How You Look in a Bikini. She explains: "I finally told myself ... 'I've got some curves, I've got a bubble butt, but I don't mind, because it's what powers me forward when I run.'" It's that fiery passion—whether in espousing the basic tenants of Joseph Pilates' Contrology theory or decrying Rev. Jeremiah Wright for being a peanut-butter-and-jelly-loving Cannibal-American—that runs through just about everything she touches. In honor of Hasselbeck, then, we take a moment to celebrate all American mothers' Constitutional rights to show off their still-perky racks and improbably toned stomachs on newsstands across the country. (Joy, Barbara, and Sherri: That obviously excludes you.)
And if you are interested in weighing in on what Miss Hasselbeck's most impressive asset is, head on over to AOL to make your voice heard! For those of you looking to cast your vote for "her fertility", sorry, that isn't one of the options.