Barack Totally to Quit Smoking, For Realz This Time

I’m not a smoker and I think smoking is horribly unhealthy, but as someone who lived in California where smokers are persecuted and treated like leapers — dude, can folks lighten up a little? It’s not like he’s dropping acid. But for your perusal, further evidence of our Puritanical nature about everything in America. Blame the Calvinists!

From Reuters and Meet The Press this Sunday:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) ā€“ U.S. Barack Obama failed to give a straight answer when asked on a U.S. talkshow on Sunday whether he had managed to quit smoking.

In a country where cigarettes are responsible for one in five deaths and smoking costs tens of billions of dollars in health care, Obama has been under pressure to set an example by giving up his reported two-decade-old habit.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program, interviewer Tom Brokaw told Obama he had ducked answering the question during an interview last month with ABC’s Barbara Walters.

Noting that the White House was a no-smoking zone, Brokaw asked Obama, “Have you stopped smoking?”

“I have,” Obama replied, smiling broadly. “What I said was that there are times where I have fallen off the wagon.”

“Wait a minute,” Brokaw interjected, “that means you haven’t stopped.”

“Fair enough,” Obama said. “What I would say is that I have done a terrific job under the circumstances of making myself much healthier. You will not see any violations of the rules in the White House.”

So, while I’d like the president-elect to kick the habit I’m not going to stalk the man, throwing packages of Nicorette at him.

Disclosure: Granny Snob starting smoking in her 20s, is a cancer and stroke survivor and STILL will not stop smoking and she will tell you where you can go and what you can do to yourself if you tell her she should stop. I love my Granny Snob, but I’m also kind of scared of her. She uses curse words so creatively. If you could murder someone with your mouth she would be a serial killer.

14 thoughts on “Barack Totally to Quit Smoking, For Realz This Time

  1. I love the disclosure on Granny Snob!! My Great Aunt has had bladder cancer because she smokes and won’t stop smoking and she will f-ck up if you say something about it…Okay i get it smoking is bad and its nasty but every once in a while you need light a Marlboro Smooth and get on with your day, hell. He got alot things to take care of…he just can’t stop and do yoga poses in the middle of a crisis.

  2. I dunno… I miss the no smoking nazis in Cali. I just moved to the DC metro area and stay in Northern VA. Lets just say its not the best place for an asthmatic non smoker.

  3. MAN!!! I so agree with you on how my grandparents and my momma’s generation just has a way of cursing. As a matter of fact, they all used to drink or smoke or BOTH! Truly amazing how my uncle can say m*therf*cker…nice site, get at me!

  4. Give the guy a break–Obama’s a very pietas, veritas, gravitas sort of man, a super-duper moral, virtuous man with a strict work ethic. He works his ass off with the exercise and strict diet, then he works his ass off at work. Smoking will probably cease to be enough to keep his hair from going completely gray, however. Anyone for yoga, meditation?

  5. Has anyone in the press gotten around to asking Bush if those “Pisco Sours” he was drinking in Peru were of the non – alcoholic variety?

  6. I think people should just back up a few steps and let the man breathe. If the white house has rules I’m sure he will follow them!He is not even in there yet and folk are hanging around his neck like stink on a skunk!

  7. I love Barack but I have zero tolerance for smokers. Call me a Nazi but unfortunately, I gotta breathe the same air they’re smokin’ into.

  8. I remember one of the first interviews they did a couple years ago and Barack was saying how Michelle said he could run if he quit smoking… I think he did, for the most part, but Nicotine is very addictive. It takes a while to completely quit.

  9. Its hard enough to quit for anyone, but under this kind of stress and pressure… give him a break!btw, I am now a fan of Granny snob. I am always looking for creative uses of curse words in my line of work ; )

  10. I found quitting smoking a 24/7 activity that kept me from concentrating and making the best decisions during the many work-related crises at my job. I really don’t want my president going through that right now.Rosenbaum writes in Slate, “…Come Jan. 20, Obama will be the president of a nation whose entire economic infrastructure is collapsing and who faces renewed tensions with a nuclear superpower. Such tensions could easily lead us to the nuclear brink. Is this the precise time we want our president to undergo the ordeal that giving up smoking represents?Give Obama a break … a smoking break. No president has come into office facing the massive problems he does. And now he’s got Chicago politics, like another monkey on his back, following him there. Let him enjoy a few contemplative moments as he works a problem. Let him have his down time. We’ll probably be better off for it. So get off his case, all you holier-than-thou Puritans…But, meanwhile, cut the guy some slack. He’s risking his health for you.

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