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Gibbs: Obama Quits Smoking. Are We Sure?

Oh boy. I really hate to do this. Seems like I’m always raining on Obama’s parade.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the other day on the TV set that President Obama quit smoking about nine months ago, in honor of the health care bill.

Go ahead and take a look-see.

Discussing the president’s technique, Gibbs said he had used “stubborn willpower.”

This is wonderful news, and I do applaud the president for not smoking.

It’s been hard for him. I remember when he was asked early in his presidency if he still smoked, and he said something like, “I have not smoked in the White House.”

That was a little misleading, a kind of Clintonism which merely meant he was stepping outside to do it lest Michelle start rapping his head.

But now it seems his stopped smoking EVERYWHERE. Except – oh no – it also turns out he’s using Nicorette to supplement his stubborn willpower, according to Gibbs.

And this really concerns me, since EVERYBODY I KNOW WHO’S GONE ON NICORETTE HAS EVENTUALLY SAID F-IT AND GONE BACK TO SMOKING.

What the president has done is switched nicotine delivery devices. It’s a step in the right direction, since I suppose this product works sometimes, but Obama hasn’t really kicked the habit.

Listen, I’m not trying to be a jerk. I mean, not very much. I really, really hope he can quit. And I empathize. Getting off nicotine is one of the hardest things for people to do. I mean, rats will, like, chew off their own legs to get their fix in the lab, as I remember reading.

So good luck, Mr. President. I mean it. And Robert, let us know when he’s off the gum.

H/T to politisite, where I first found the CNN post.