Have a Smoke, Mr. President

Cookie CloseupI was listening to a radio commentator the other day bemoaning the fact that our president seemed to be a hypocrite when it comes to smoking.  Seems that President Obama has just signed into law some very strict anti-smoking legislature and yet he’s a “closet smoker” who has been caught sneaking a smoke now and then on the grounds of the White House.  Apparently it became illegal to smoke out on the White House lawn during the Clinton presidency.  Guess that’s why Clinton was fiddling around with cigars in the Oval Office.  But I digress.

The commentator’s angst was directed at the fact that President Obama wasn’t coming clean about his ongoing struggle with quitting his smoking habit.  That got me to thinking.  Don’t we all have bad habits that we struggle with?  Yet most of us recognize the inherent dangers in those bad habits and I would hope we wouldn’t try to enourage our children to fall into the same bad habits that weigh us down.  If you smoke or drink, you sure wouldn’t try to get your kids to smoke or drink, would you?  Would you be angry if someone tried to make it more difficult for your children to become addicted to cigarettes or alcohol?  I sure wouldn’t.   In my own case, I have struggled with my weight most of my adult life.  I have pretty bad eating habits.  But I never tried to make my kids overweight.  Of course, I’ll be the first person to tell you that I struggle with food issues so maybe this isn’t such a great example.  And I will admit that President Obama would probably find his approval rating skyrocketing if he opened up more about his ongoing struggles to quit smoking.

However, let’s take a moment to think about this a little more.  We’re talking about the President of the United States here.  He’s got a high-stress job……a REALLY high-stress job.  I know what I get like when I’m trying to diet and don’t have any sugar in my system.  It’s not pleasant.  Don’t give me any attitude or you’re likely to be served your head on a platter.  Do we REALLY want our president to be going through nicotine withdrawal when he’s running our country?  No donuts?  I might get a little lippy.  No nicotine?  President Obama might go a little ballistic….as in missiles.  Really, I’m all for President Obama giving up smoking but I think he’d better do it after his term of office ends.  For now, let’s give the man his smokes behind the rose bushes if it helps him keep his cool and his focus.

  • skoots1mom

    i’m w/ya…he’ll have to handle his on consequences either way …for either subject

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