Alex Massie

Obama’s Miserable Pandering

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We'll get back to Iran in due course, but first here's a miserable moment from today's press conference at the White House. Asked by some ghastly hack from McClatchy about his smoking (and the so-called "frustration and fear" that comes from stopping smoking), Barack Obama replied:

Look, I've said before that as a former smoker I constantly struggle with it. Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes. The — am I a daily smoker, a constant smoker? No. I don't do it in front of my kids. I don't do it in front of my family. And, you know, I would say that I am 95 percent cured. But there are times where ... There are times where I mess up.


Rather than stand up for himself, however, Obama permits himself to be hectored and brow-beaten by the anti-smoking lobby. Not his finest hour. Perhaps someone should give the President a copy of Christopher Snowdon's Velvet Glove, Iron Fist: A History of Anti-Smoking...

UPDATE: Jacob Sullum has more.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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