During a break at the G-7 summit in Germany, President Obama was captured clutching what appears to be a pack of cigarettes in his hands in a private moment with Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. The image of the two chatting away near a balcony was caught by Renzi’s spokesman and uploaded on Instagram.
Mr. Obama has zig-zagged about his attachment to cigarettes in the last six years. In 2009, he claimed he “struggled” with cigarettes; at moments, he has stated he is a daily smoker; and he has admitted he is “scared” of his wife because of her objections to his smoking. Recently, Mr. Obama was heard claiming:
“I would say that I am 95 percent cured. But there are times where…There are times where I mess up.”
FDR clutched a grin with an upward-tilted chin when he firmly grasped a cigarette in his mouth and Obama chooses to hide when he lights up.
The national conversation on health care is rendered meaningless when the primary champion of a glitch-ridden national health care law is puffing away. Given the Clinton White House’s animus against tobacco and its campaign of harassment which led to lawsuits and settlements and Obama’s crusade to elevate the health-care issue to the national stage, one may find it dismaying to see the president engaging in the same behavior many condemn as an exceptional health risk.
While his claims to have kicked the cigarette habit strain credulity, to be fair, it is not a $200-a-day heroin habit.
Mr. Obama: If you are absolutely insistent on smoking, smoke. We would, however, prefer you formulate a “complete” strategy, or any strategy, to crush ISIS.