It’s this same image/public relations bullshit that existed with FDR — how the public never really saw him in his wheelchair. If photographs or video were regularly shown with President Obama smoking cigarettes, would all hell break loose?
I suppose on many levels, it’s wrong for kids to see a “leader” smoking, and this can become a poor influence on them. Having said all that, shouldn’t it ultimately be the parents responsibility to guide their child away from smoking? Besides, George W. Bush didn’t smoke, is that someone you really want your child to emulate?
The thing is, everybody just looks cooler smoking (besides the elderly and ugly people). I say Obama should smoke during speeches. That’d be so baddass. “That’s right I’m the President of the United States and I don’t give a fuck. Now let’s sign some motherfucking treaties.”
For some reason obscenities and cigarettes go hand in hand for me.
Whatever, let’s just continue to “protect” people and go the politically correct route. After all, we want people to be treated equally, yet let us hide cigarette smokers and those confined to wheelchairs.
I hope our next President is paraplegic smoker.