On Sunday’s “Meet The Press” Obama didn’t admit to being a happy non-smoker but stated that he will not smoke in the White House. He told host Tom Brokaw that at times he’s fallen off the no-smoking wagon.
Reuters reports the conversation between Brokaw and Obama:
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 these rules in the White House.”
It’s nice to see a leader admitting that he isn’t perfect. Obama knows that not smoking is the right thing to do for his health yet he fails at times. He was often seen on the campaign trail smacking on Nicorette gum to ease the nicotine craving that he has.
He will be the first President since Gerald Ford that smokes in the White House. Well, not in the White House. Government buildings are no-smoke zones. That includes the residence of the President. The no-smoking rule was made by former First Lady Hillary Clinton.
Perhaps the nominee for secretary of state placed the order after hearing of her husband’s cigar practices.