I do appreciate that this nasty habit (which I infrequently dabble in when drunk or upset) gives him a more human quality and takes him down a notch or two on the deity scale.
I/We would make a huge mistake in making this guy into some perfect god and quite frankly, the cigarettes help with this. He's going to do his best at this President thing and sometimes, he's going to fuck up and when that happens, dude is going to need a cigarette - big time.
My favorite TV newsman, Tom Brokaw, succeeded where Barbara Walter failed and got O to fess up during last weekend's 'Meet the Press' interview. When asked if he'd quit, O stammered:
“You know, I have, but what I said was that, you know, there are times where I’ve fallen off the wagon. Well…”
“Well, wait a minute,” Brokaw said. “Then that means you haven’t stopped.”
“Well, fair enough,” O said. “What I would say is, is that I have done a terrific job under the circumstances of making myself much healthier, and I think that you will not see any violations of these rules in the White House.”
Who set these no-smoking rules anyway? None other than Hillary Clinton who will be around to enforce, no doubt.
Still, O can always take a tip from Willie Nelson and head up to the roof:
"I inhaled frequently. That was the point."
--Barack Obama, when asked if he had inhaled on a marijuana cigarette