WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama had to make a deal before winning the backing of wife Michelle to run for president: He had to quit smoking. Sometimes it’s been a struggle. On Monday CNN was reporting an open microphone caught Obama telling a diplomat he stays off the smokes because “I’m scared of my wife.”
Obama, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly annual meeting was talking with Maina Kiai, the U.N. Special Rapporteur for rights to freedom of peaceful assembly.
From CNN: Caught off-mic, Obama said to Kiai: “I hope you’ve quit smoking.”
To that Kiai replies: “Sometimes.”
Obama then says “no, no, no I haven’t” followed by a word that’s inaudible and then: “in six years. That’s ’cause I’m scared of my wife.”