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Will Smoking Make Obama a Better President?

Barack Obama may like to work out, but that doesn't mean he's snuffed out all unhealthy habits. Barack promised first-lady-to-be Michelle that he would quit smoking back in 2007 — that much we know. Yet it still remains unclear whether Barack successfully quit, and the president-elect hasn't given a direct answer, nor has the media demanded one.

While the country, not to mention Malia and Sasha, would probably rather Obama stop his unhealthy and life-shortening habit, Washington Post columnist Michael Kinsley thinks the country might be better off if he doesn't stress himself out with quitting. Yesterday Kinsley wrote:

Another question is what effect a president desperate for a cigarette and trying to quit might have on your life expectancy and mine. Obama's steely calm is now one of our country's major assets. If he needs an occasional cigarette to preserve it, let's hand him an ashtray, offer him a light and look the other way.

If Obama smokes while he's in the White House, I bet he'll keep it under wraps. Do you think a picture of the president smoking would shock modern Americans, even if presidential lighting up is in the country's best interest?

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DoctorBunBun DoctorBunBun 8 years
*waves hand* I'm a Libertarian. What Obama does in his own private time is his business. What matters is how he functions as the leader of our nation. Besides, it's common knowledge that he DID quit smoking.
NurseKimberly NurseKimberly 8 years
laurelm laurelm 8 years
I dont care that he smokes or it really matters as President, but I think smoking is a disgusting habit, and turns me off no matter who the person is.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
"But there are many worse habits that people could have. I am amazed that smoking has somehow managed to become as socially-unacceptable as it has. My 20 YO sister-in-law says her friends won't touch cigarettes, but are more than happy to light up the green stuff. That seems seriously screwy to me." Considering how addictive and damaging cigarettes are I would rather come home to my kids smoking the magic dragon than cigarettes. I wouldn't want anyone under age to smoke or drink, but I do think it is possible to drink and smoke pot responsibly. Unfortunately smoking cigarettes (aka nicotine) in moderation doesn't exist in the long term and frankly as an asthmatic who walks and takes public transportation I can't stand the social inconvenience. I hate having to be covered in someone else's cloud of smoke at the bus stop or on campus. Now with that said this article is still kind of silly, but I hope he does quit.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
:thumbsup: same here, advah. It went from non-story to OBAMA IS A BAD PARENT. :rotfl:
Advah Advah 8 years
"his coffee addiction doesn't hurt other people!" Who said he was blowing his cigarette smoke in the face of his kids? I don't smoke and I don't agree with smoking, but 1) that none of my business as long as I don't have to live with smoke in my house, and 2)most of what's been discussed wasn't even implied in the article. Geez. And that wasn't even a newsworthy thread. Thanks for reminding me why I don't post in Citizen more often. Have a nice weekend everyone!
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
i agree with everyone who has said that this is a non-story.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
I'd rather him smoke than drink - t.b.f.h.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
and here is a website that you can all go to and see that smoking, regardless of the exposure to secondhand smoke, is dangerous for every. http:// /node/22139 And where i am not entirely certain global warming exists to the extent that I am told or if it does that it isn't just normal cyclical weather patterns. But I do recognize that trees clean the air that I breath and for that reason, I do not want anyone to smoke so look at the article and draw your own conclusion
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
lil- that was not in reference to you, it was in reference to sorrow
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Yes, Sparkle had to be changed to Sparky. No thanks to you!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
So you changed his name to sparky, huh. After the accident?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Poor Sparky :cry:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
And your dog.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Oh, and the coffee table.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, well I only infringed on your rights once. And I replaced that lamp.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Well I know what YOU do on your own time GS and I have to say I'm a little bit shocked.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Please no one take that as an attack. I just think everyone needs to relax and learn to live and let live in this country. As long as no one is infringing on your rights or anyone elses, you shouldn't give a flying....well you know...about their actions! Did someone call for a Libertarian?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Oh good lord. Who cares if the man smokes? Seriously people? What people do on their own time is totally and solely their business. All that matters is how he performs his job.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
If you feel people are calling you narrow-minded, you should report their comments as personal attacks.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
And I personally know people who have survived childhood sexual assault, spousal abuse, and several other extremely difficult situations, but just can't seem to quit smoking. I would hardly call them weak.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I didn't in any way say that you were narrow-minded nor did I imply it, so I certainly hope you weren't referring to me. And there is scientific evidence that some people's bodies are more easily addicted to nicotine (and other addictive substances) than others. There was a portion of The Tipping Point that discussed it. I have also read some other things related to it.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
And here is the thing, I am not attacking anyone of you for your opinion... I have a different opinion and I am stating that. You on the other hand are attacking someone for having a different opinion "You have issues which are beyond us - I guess your inability to understand other people opinion makes you weak." So in you justification the fact that you cannot understand my opinion makes you weak???? what??? I just feel this man does and will remain to have higher expectations... he will be the president. Expectations will never get higher. a Lil I have a personal opinion about smokers of anything that won't quit. My view is based on personal experience from a number of smokers. I am not scientifically aware of instances in which one smoker will have a harder time quitting than another, since I am basing my view of them from personal experience. I do believe nicotine is addictive, but in my experience the weak ones are those who couldn't quit. That is all I have seen. I don't know why I cannot state my opinion on here without people calling me narrow minded???
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
his coffee addiction doesn't hurt other people!
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