- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 24, 2013

President Obama may be the leader of the free world, but when it comes to his home life, he admittedly takes a second seat.

Speaking with human-rights activist Maina Kiai at the U.N. General Assembly gathering in New York on Monday, Mr. Obama’s remarks on quitting cigarettes were captured on live microphone: “I hope you quit smoking. I haven’t had a cigarette in probably six years. That’s because I’m scared of my wife.”

He said the statement with a laugh, The New York Post reported.

Mr. Obama said in 2008 that he smoked occasionally. He said in 2010 that he quit, due to his daughters. But first lady Michelle Obama — who’s pushed healthy eating initiatives at the federal level since moving into the White House — has reportedly been critical of his smoking for years.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide