Last August, I ran into Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, outside the Senate chamber in the Capitol.This was before the Obama surge, before he had omnipresent Secret Service agents, back when you might see him strolling solo.
We chatted for a second, mainly about the Pakistan speech he'd recently given and about how the media had covered it. He was in good spirits.As any close friend or family member can attest, I have an unusually keen sense of smell and immediately I smelled cigarette smoke on Obama. Frankly, he reeked of cigarettes.
Obama ran off before I could ask him if he'd just snuck a smoke, so I called his campaign.They denied it. He'd quit months before, in February, they insisted. He
chewed nicorette.But I knew what I'd smelled and I asked his campaign to double-check and to ask him if he'd had a cigarette.
They reported back that he had told them he hadn't had a cigarette since he quit.And maybe that was true. Maybe I imagined the cigarette smoke. My olfactory nerve somehow misfired.
Except….last night on MSNBC's Hardball, Obama admitted that his attempt to wean himself from the vile tobacco weed had not been entirely successful.“I fell off the wagon a couple times during the course of it, and then was able to get back on," he said. "But it is a struggle like everything else.”
Tapper concedes the smoking fib isn't big in the scheme of things, but he's still bothered that he was not told the truth by Obama. My question is why would Obama even bother to lie about something so seemingly trivial as whether he smokes or not? It's not like he was breaking the law. Did a pollster tell Obama he would be perceived less positively if the American people knew he smoked? This doesn't seem to be an isolated incident of deception on Obama's part either. Obama's pretense that he knew nothing about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's controversial views until recently was hardly believable. For years he has inflated his resume with the claim that he was a law professor, and he completely fabricated a story about the Kennedy family paying to bring his father to America. If a candidate for president is willing to lie about such trivial matters, how are we to believe him on more important matters? Hat tip to BigHeadDC.
In other presidential news, there's another poll out for Indiana's Democratic presidential primary and it offers more good news for Hillary Clinton. The results of an ARG poll mirror the results of a SurveyUSA poll taken earlier this week. ARG finds Clinton leading Obama by a 9-point, 53%-44% margin with only 2% undecided.
Obama got some good earned media during a town hall appearance at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne today where he paid tribute to slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Journal-Gazette estimated the crowd size at 2,800. You can read the full text of Obama's speech here.