‘I’m scared of my wife!’ Obama reveals why he quit smoking

September 25, 2013 4:48 pm 0 comments Views: 524

U.S. President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington

U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that he stopped smoking out of fear of his wifein an unwitting admission captured by a loose microphone.

The U.S. leader, taking part in an event on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly on the importance of civil societywas exchanging small talk at the end of his remarks.

In a recording taped by CNN, Obama is standing up after the event and asking the man next to him if he had given up smoking.

When the question is returned to himObamain a light-hearted tone with a smile on his lipssaid:I haven’t had a cigarette in probably six years. Thats because I’m scared of my wife.”

Usually known for his fit figure and healthy lifestyle, Obama has long had a weakness for cigarettes and depicted himself as a smoker in his memoir of his youth, “Dreams From My Father.”

Obamas smoking habit and his efforts to quit became favorite topics in the U.S. media from the time he started his campaign for the White House in the 2008 election.

In his first year in officeObama described himself as 95 percent cured from smoking but admitted he has occasionally fallen off the wagon in his efforts.

In December 2010then White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that Obama had not smoked for nine months and had been “stubborn in trying to quit, despite the stress of the job.

First lady Michelle Obama, a campaigner for public health, has been open about her distaste for her husbands smoking but said that he never lit up in front of their two daughters.

In February 2011she said that the president had not smoked for a year and that she was not giving him a hard time about the issue.

When somebodys doing the right thing, you dont mess with them,” she said.

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