Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Big News

Obama headline of the day:  First Lady Michelle Obama confirmed at a luncheon that her husband has quit smoking. In fact, he hasn't smoked a cigarette in almost a year. This might seem like trivial news given other big events this week (largest demonstrations ever in Cairo; Toyota absolved by NASA; Huffington sells out to AOL; etc.), but still gets a lot of attention.  Why? Perhaps because the fact that the President has a vice, and struggles to overcome it, makes him more human. That can only be a good thing to force even  those who attempt to demonize him, instead to consider him as a flawed human being like the rest of us.

So politically speaking, was it really a good idea for the President to have solved this problem so early in his term? For the sake of letting people see his human weaknesses, President Obama might need to pick up a new vice to struggle with. Let's see, fast food is out given his wife's anti-obesity campaign. Besides Clinton used that one already. Sports? Not really seen as a vice. Trashy novels? Doubtful people would believe the President likes those. Gambling, drugs, sex? All too scandalous these days. On second thought, and I hate to recommend this, since it is bad for his health, but for the good of the country, perhaps it would be best if the President fell off the wagon and picked up the occasional cigarette once in a while, so he could still be trying to quit during the 2012 campaign.

7 comments:

  1. Let him smoke! He should have tried to cut spending instead.

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  2. Given the anti-obesity campaign I had to chuckle at the white house super bowl party menu Obama and Michelle hosted:

    Bratwurst, Kielbasa, Cheeseburgers, Deep Dish Pizza, Buffalo Wings, German Potato Salad, Twice Baked Potatoes, Snyders Potato Chips and Pretzels, Chips and Dips, Salad, Ice Cream and Beer. That stuff will kill you faster than an occassional diggy or dart.

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  3. Having said that, I hear that to quit smoking is one of the hardest habits of all to break. Kudos to the Prez.

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  4. That is such a Chicago-style menu. All they are missing are some barbecue ribs.

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  5. How do he and Rahm stay so slim eating two/tree rack of ribs? I don't think those guys sleep so it doubles their metabolism. Ditka or Obama?

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  6. You neglected to mention one of the most important ramifications of this decision. Two years ago my fourth grade students were stunned when they found out (during a tobacco prevention program which has since been cut due to budget constraints) that their favorite guy was a smoker. It's so great to be able to use his example now.

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  7. Hmm. Is it better for your students to think of the president as a hero who has conquered his addiction, or is it better for them to understand that he might have some bad habits like all the rest of us, and who cares if he does as long as he does his job? I could go either way on that.

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