President Obama appeared to be chewing Nicorette gum today during separate gatherings with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestine National Authority President Abbas.
According the the White House press pool report, Obama appeared to be chewing at both a technology exhibition he and Netanyahu attended in Jerusalem and later in the day as he and Abbas sat together for photographs just before meeting in Ramallah.
I suppose this is less disrespectful than if he simply lit up during the proceedings.
Obama is believed to chew Nicorette to feed a nicotine addiction he has failed to shake since he stopped smoking a few years ago. The White House has touted Obama’s success at quitting smoking without noting he hasn’t yet done the hard part – getting off nicotine.
Here’s some video of him chewing away during the G20 meeting last year.