has quit smoking. Or at least, that is what Michelle Obama believes. The First Lady told a group of people at a White House reporter's luncheon (we
thought they had quit "luncheon
s" a while ago, too) that it had been
"almost a year" since he'd last smoked, though she didn't know for sure when he quit. In December, press secretary Robert
Gibbs told the media
he hadn't seen Obama smoke in nine months.
been a while and I'm very proud of him," Ms. Obama said, according to
the Washington Post
. "I haven't poked and prodded. When somebody is
doing the right thing, you don't mess with them.... It's not something
that I can be like 'Have you smoked today, have you smoked today?'"Following Through
"President Obama has quit smoking cigarettes! The leader of the free world is smoke free," says Roz Zurko
at the Hartford Examiner. "Chances are he has kicked the smoking habit
100%. When he makes his mind up to do something, he does it."Long Time Coming
"The president's struggle to quit
has been a source of fascination to some since before he was elected," notes NPR
. Chalk It Up To His Wife
"Michelle Obama takes credit for originally getting the president to quit smoking," says Sunlen Miller
at ABC, noting that the first lady had made it a "requirement" before his 2008 presidential run.Nicotine Gum?
"Obama is known to have chewed nicotine gum
to help," writes Darlene Superville
at the Houston Chronicle. After his first medical checkup as president last year, the White House physician
said in a statement issued after the exam that Obama should stick with "smoking cessation efforts" — the use of nicotine gum.
"Obama's seeming choice to quit smoking is in contrast to
his chief Republican opponent, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, who
is also a smoker," writes Rebecca Kaplan
at the National Journal.
Falling Out Of Favor
"Smoking, or appearing to smoke, was once in
fashion from the entertainment industry to the White House," writes Joel Connelly
at Seattle Pi. "A Franklin D. Roosevelt trademark was his cigarette
holder. John F. Kennedy used a diplomatic pouch to indulge his liking
for Cuban cigars. Ronald Reagan once did ads for Chesterfield,
pretending to smoke....The president's success leaves...
Boehner as the highest ranking cigarette smoker in American
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