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Obama Nabbed Grabbing East Room Nicorette Fix

President Obama was busted by Fox News cameras Monday as he made a stealthy little move to get an urgently needed fix of his favorite chewing gum during East Room ceremonies honoring George H.W. Bush and the Points of Light program.

The White House has touted Obama’s success at quitting cigarettes, but the dirty little secret Obama aides don’t talk about is that the president apparently remains fully addicted to nicotine and can sometimes be seen chomping Nicorette at formal occasions where gum chewing by the Leader of the Free World would seem inappropriate.

It’s unlikely the gum is anything but Nicorette, since the sight of presidents or prime ministers chewing gum in public is otherwise pretty much unheard of.

In the video below, Obama gets started on a stick of gum while Bush’s son Neil is speaking.

Obama Gumming Up Meetings With Netanyahu, Abbas

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.

Mr. President, Blow a Bubble for Putin

Really, I don’t mind if the president has to chew Nicorette gum. We all have our weaknesses. But does he have to do this on the World Stage?

I do mind that the White House tries to suggest that President Obama has kicked the habit by celebrating that he no longer smokes. It reminds me of alcoholics who say, “Oh, I only drink wine now.”

H/T to Janice, one of our readers, who pointed out this video. She videoblogs at Granny Jan and Jihad Kitty.

Is Obama Chewing Nicorette at the G-20?

The White House this week released the results of a physical exam in which President Obama was triumphantly declared “tobacco-free.”

But watch the wording here closely. He doesn’t seem to be “nicotine-free.”

It is widely known that Obama was using Nicorette to quit smoking. But it’s not clear he’s quit the Nicorette.

The White House Pool reporter today caught Obama chewing away on some type of gum at the G-20 in Cannes, France.

A very long start to working session #3. Because host French President Nicolas Sarkozy had not yet arrived, the pool was allowed into the start of the session for nearly 45 minutes.

Unfortunately, pooler could not hear most of what was said. But there was plenty to see, including Obama, who was chewing gum throughout, spending at least 15 minutes in animated conversations, first with British Prime Minister David Cameron and later with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Now, when do world leaders ever chew gum at the G-20? Or the G-8? Or the G-anything?

Never. Except maybe if they are having a Nicotine fit.

I’m sure Nicorette works wonders for some people. But everyone I’ve known who has tried it is either still on Nicorette or back smoking cigarettes.

The use of cute phrasing – in this case, “tobacco-free” – to paint Obama as a man taking the tough road to quitting smoking is not new.

Early in his presidency, in 2009, Obama offered a Clintonesque response to a question about his cigarette use:

“I have not smoked in the White House.”

Again, look closely. He was trying to suggest he hadn’t smoked since he got to the White House, but Obama in his lawyerly way was actually saying he hasn’t physically smoked IN the White House.

I have a theory that he golfs so religiously not just out of a love for the game but, with only his trusted band of regulars on hand to see it, to fire up the smokes. But it’s just speculation.