'I Won't Smoke in White House,' Obama Vows

Obama working to stay on the wagon

By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User

Posted Dec 8, 2008 2:43 AM CST

(Newser) – Barack Obama promised the nation yesterday that he won't be sneaking smokes at the White House. The president-elect, who has been trying to kick his habit, told Meet the Press that he'll respect the mansion's smoke-free policy. He admits having "fallen off the wagon" in the past, but seemed confident that he can follow house rules, reports the New York Daily News.

"I have done a terrific job under the circumstances of making myself much healthier. I think that you will not see any violations of these rules in the White House," Obama said. The president-elect plans to turn his new digs into a "people's house" and open it up for science seminars, kids groups and music, especially classical and jazz. But no one will be allowed to light up.

The president-elect won't be changing the White House's smoke-free ways, he says.
The president-elect won't be changing the White House's smoke-free ways, he says.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President-elect Barack Obama listens to a reporter's question during a news conference in Chicago yesterday.
President-elect Barack Obama listens to a reporter's question during a news conference in Chicago yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Obama says he's done well in trying to curb his smoking habits, given his circumstance.
Obama says he's done well in trying to curb his smoking habits, given his circumstance.   (AP Photo/Meet The Press, Alex Wong)
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