John Boehner on Why President Obama Never Snuck Cigarettes: 'He's Scared to Death of His Wife'
In a new “unchained” interview, noted veteran smoker John Boehner was asked whether he’d ever seen noted former smoker Barack Obama sneak a cigarette while he was president.
“Oh no. No no no,” the former Republican House Speaker told Politico Magazine.
Obama has admitted as much himself.
In 2013, the then-president revealed that he hadn’t smoked a cigarette in about six years.
“That’s because I’m scared of my wife,” he told a United Nations official at the time, while sporting a big grin.
Obama may or may not have been tempted by Boehner himself. In a spoof video Obama made before leaving office, Boehner, who was just recently retired at the time, offered the president advice on his post-White House life — and a pack of Camels.
Boehner also referenced his infamous smoking habit to highlight the differences between himself and and his friend from across the aisle.
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Setting the scene of a 2011 meeting he had with Obama, Boehner told Politico, “I’m smoking a cigarette, and they bring me a glass of merlot.”
“And we’re sitting there a little while, and here’s the president drinking iced tea and chomping on Nicorette. What else do you need to know about the two of us?”