Sunday, December 12, 2010

Obama's rant explained

Last week Obama blew up at Krugman.

Oh, sure, he was supposed to be attacking annoying liberal idealists (i.e. his supporters), but we all know it's Krugman who gets under his skin. Barack was beating on Paul.

What we didn't know was why.

Now we know ...

Smoking in D.C.: Obama, Boehner and the Surgeon General’s Report - Health Blog - WSJ

... I have not seen or witnessed evidence of any smoking in probably nine months,’ Gibbs said, continuing:

This is not something that he’s proud of. He knows that it’s not good for him. He doesn’t like children to know about it, obviously, including his. But I think he has worked extremely hard, and I think he would tell you even when in the midst of a tax agreement and a START deal and all the other things that accumulate, even where he might have once found some comfort in that, he’s pushed it away...

...Meantime, Speaker-of-the-House-to-be John Boehner is apparently not trying to kick his own habit. Politico also reports that he was seen smoking in a public area of the Capitol, which would be in violation of a House rule. (Boehner’s office declined comment to Politico.)"

Nicotine withdrawals is famously vicious for true addicts, and Barack has been wearing a big monkey. Going off the hard stuff is gonna lead to a crazed rant or two.

So give the guy a break. He's trying. I wouldn't be surprised if this is something he wants to give his kids for Christmas.

Meanwhile Boehner is every bit the ass we know he is. Of course in his own way he's probably reinforcing Barack's resolve...

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