It’s been a family secret for a while, but the first lady let it out of the bag: The President has finally kicked the habit. It’s been almost a year, she told reporters, since he’s had a cigarette.

We knew he’d been working on it. He’d told us that. And, in December, Robert Gibbs told us White House reporters he hadn’t seen the president smoke in at least nine months.

But this is the first time we’ve heard for sure that he’s quit for good — and, so far, is keeping the pledge. Good for him.

I never smoked, so I can’t really relate. But I have several friends who were longtime smokers — and I saw how hard it was for them. It takes a strong will, determination, patience and discipline. All traits Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight Iran's president warns US will pay 'high cost' if Trump ditches nuclear deal MORE has plenty of. But John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate MORE has none of.

What a contrast in the way the two men approached the habit.

Barack Obama says it’s a dirty habit, I don’t want to be a bad influence on children, and I’m going to fight like hell to stop.

John John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate MORE says it’s a dirty habit, but it’s my habit. I don’t care what anybody thinks. Leave me alone.

Which one do you want as a role model for your kids?


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