Liberal columnist Michael Kinsley preserves his suck up despite Obama's sin:
Smoking is a disgusting habit that can kill you and those around you. Barack Obama claims to have quit, but the evidence is ambiguous. . .MORE:
[A]s presidential vices go, this one is not near the top. As for being a role model for youths, Obama's good habits outweigh this single bad one. . .
Obama's steely calm is now one of our country's major assets. If he needs an occasional cigarette to preserve it, let's hand him an ashtray, offer him a light and look the other way.
OBH in comments:
Hey, doesn't DC have a "no smoking in government buildings" law? . . . Isn't the White House a government building?The DC law doesn't apply to the White House. The Federal ban was adopted (by President Clinton) via Executive Order 13058, and thereafter embodied in GSA rules. That policy doesn't apply to "any residential accommodation for persons voluntarily or involuntarily residing, on a temporary or long-term basis, in a building owned, leased, or rented by the Federal Government." And, in any event, Obama could revise the Executive Order.