Former House Speaker John Boehner spoke about Barack Obama’s smoking addiction in a new interview.
Speaking to Politico, Boehner said that the former president quit smoking because he’s ‘scared to death’ of his wife Michelle.
The former leader of the Republican party in the House of Represntatives spoke about one meeting he had with Obama in 2011.
‘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,’ Boehner, who smokes two packs a day, said.
Boehner’s story complicates what the public has been told about Obama’s smoking habit.
In February 2011, Michelle Obama announced that her husband had stopped smoking for about a year.
But it he was chewing Nicorette during his meeting with Boehner in 2011, it means he possibly relapsed.
Nicorette – which comes in patch and pill form – is supposed to stop cravings for nicotene in cigarettes, but is only supposed to be used for about two weeks after quitting.
Nevertheless, Boehner says he never saw Obama smoke after the announcement was made.
‘Oh no. No no no. He’s scared to death of his wife. Scared. To. Death,’ Boehner said.
Boehner spoke fondly about Obama, his opposition, during the interview. While the two didn’t agree on fundamental things, they were friendly, and he thinks there needs to be more openness to working across party lines if the country is to move forward.
Boehner said he often felt more welcome among Democrats than he did with members of his own party.
After announcing his retirement, he said Obama called him up and said: ‘Boehner, you can’t do this man. I’m gonna miss you.’