President Obama had a “hot mic moment” Monday at the U.N., and unlike a widely-circulated rumor about Obama hating the 4th of July, this one is actually true.
OBAMA: “I hope you’ve quit smoking.”
MAINA KIAI: “Sometimes.”
OBAMA: “No, no, I haven’t had a cigarette probably in six years. That’s because I’m scared of my wife.” (Via Politico)
Obama was speaking to Maina Kiai, a U.N. human rights Special Rapporteur. And as with all great candid comments, he likely didn’t know he was being recorded.
Politico had some fun with the president’s remark, saying: “No one is exempt from first lady Michelle Obama’s health initiatives – especially not her husband.”
Others took issue with the president’s timing, saying he may have exaggerated by a few years. (Via Buzzfeed)
A 2011 Washington Post interview with Michelle Obama revealed the president smoked until at least 2010.
Michelle was careful in that interview to say she doesn’t nag her husband about his smoking problem, but this now marks the second time she’s been publicly blamed for keeping the president smoke-free.
Her famous eye roll during this January’s inauguration luncheon was apparently prompted by the smoking topic. (Via CNN)
Inside Edition enlisted the help of a lip reader who says speaker John Boehner was joking with the president about how “someone” wouldn’t let him smoke.
So the president may have an awkward conversation with the first lady in his future. But at least the “hot mic moment” is nowhere near as damaging as this one with Dmitry Medvedev from March, 2012.
“This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” (Via Al Jazeera)
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