Someone Get the President- Elect a Cigarette

Obama probably still smokes—and we should be OK with that
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2008 1:19 PM CST
Barack Obama (played by Fred Armisen) smokes to calm himself down in this screenshot from Saturday Night Live.   (NBC)
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(Newser) – America has elected a member of a hated minority as president. That’s right, Barack Obama is a smoker. Oh, sure, he claims to have quit, but Michael Kinsley of the Washington Post isn’t convinced. Obama admitted falling off the wagon in June, yet no reporter has asked him about it since. It’s disgusting and it sets a bad example, but Kinsley thinks maybe we should let it slide.

Roughly 1 in 10 people succeed in quitting smoking, even while chewing Nicorette, as Obama does. If Obama beat those odds during a presidential race, he’s superman. If he didn’t? “We should forgive him. So he’s not superman. Neither are we.” Besides, forget about Obama’s health: Think about ours. If Obama needs a puff to maintain his uncanny calm as he ends two wars, let’s “offer him a light and look the other way.”