Obama: 'I quit smoking because I'm scared of my wife' - video
US President claims that fear of First Lady Michelle has kept him off the cigarettes for years
BARACK OBAMA has inadvertently revealed how he gave up smoking. He was caught on microphone telling a delegate at a UN meeting in New York that it was fear of his wife's wrath that kept him on the straight and narrow.
The US President was chatting with UN employee Maina Kiai when the subject turned to cigarettes. Obama told Kiai he hoped he had given up the habit. The official replied that he still smoked "sometimes" and asked whether Obama was still partial to the odd gasper. The President proudly replied that he had not been a smoker for six years.
"That's because I'm scared of my wife," he added.
Michelle Obama has been instrumental in getting her husband to give up the dreaded weed, and made him promise to quit ahead of the 2008 presidential race.
However, the Atlantic Wire website suggests that Obama may have been exaggerating his smoke-free status.
"According to most reports, including that of his wife, Obama was still sneaking cigarettes in part of 2010, but had quit by his 2011 annual check-up," it reports. And the site notes that Obama's struggles to give up the habit were well documented during his first term in office.
As 'hot-mic' slip-ups go, it was not one of Obama's worst. In 2011, he and then French president Nicolas Sarkozy were caught moaning about Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ·