At the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday, President Obama was caught on a hot mic talking to a fellow attendee about his smoking habit. Obama said, "I hope you quit smoking." Then, the president went on to disclose he hadn't had a cigarette in six years "because I'm scared of my wife." Clearly, Michelle Obama is serious about making Americans healthier — and that includes her husband.
This isn't the first time Obama has been unsuspectingly recorded, but it might be the most harmless. In 2012, he appeared a bit arrogant and duplicitous when he told then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that "after my election I have more flexibility." And in 2011, he and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy were caught bashing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "I cannot stand [Netanyahu]. He is a liar," Sarkozy said. Obama replied, "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!"
The latest recording won't cause any international diplomatic challenges (nor any at home most likely, since the first lady is probably proud of helping her husband kick his habit). In fact, Obama is making some headway at the UN this week. Today, he addressed the General Assembly and told members that Secretary of State John Kerry will pursue face-to-face negotiations with Iran, following that country's overture to the US. As the Obama administration takes on the serious work of diplomacy with Iran, Syria, and more countries, check out his lighthearted chat about Michelle in this clip.