Obama: Still on the Nicorette?
White House Flickr photo seems to indicate that he is
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2011 9:31 AM CDT
In this Feb. 7, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Did the debt ceiling debate drive President Obama back to the arms of ... Nicorette? Politico's sharp-eyed Josh Gerstein spotted what appears to be a piece of the nicotine gum in a photo recently posted on the official White House Flickr stream. In the picture, Obama is having a phone conversation about the debt limit with Nancy Pelosi as Joe Biden and others watch. "It's tough to blame the guy, what with the Tea Party nonsense and all," writes Joe Coscarelli in New York. "But at this point, Obama's image might actually benefit if he just went straight for the Marlboro Reds." Click to see the photo, with the suspected piece of gum conveniently highlighted.