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.