Billy Joel denies WH smoke with Obama
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Billy Joel confirms that he talked about smoking with one top Washington lawmaker — but denies having a cigarette with President Obama at the White House.

Both pieces of information came from an exclusive ITK report with a source who discussed these matters with the singer, part of which Joel now acknowledges.

ITK reported Tuesday a conversation a tipster had with Joel last week at a downtown D.C. hotel bar. The chart topper was in town to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. According to our spy, the 65-year-old entertainer recalled that Obama offered him a cigarette during a “recent” visit to the White House. “[Obama] said, ‘I’m going out on the North Portico to have a smoke. Do you want to come with me?’ ” Joel told our source.


Joel said he replied, “Well I haven’t smoked in a long time,” before accepting the tobacco offer from the commander in chief.

The “We Didn’t Start the Fire” singer visited the executive mansion in December, according to White House visitor records.

Joel, whose rep didn’t respond to our request for comment, now insists that part of our source’s story amounted to blowing smoke. “The Obama part of the story is completely untrue,” the performer claimed in a Tuesday interview with the New York Daily News. “Nothing like that ever happened. I think their ‘spy’ had a few too many cocktails at that bar.”

Nicotine has been a touchy subject for Obama — who said back in 2009 that he had almost completely kicked the habit. He said in 2009 that while he wasn’t a “daily” smoker, he “constantly” struggled with cigarettes. The White House didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment.

But Joel confirmed that, as The Hill’s original story noted, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made a similar cigarette proposal while the pair met privately last week in the House Speaker’s office.

“I told [Boehner] that I quit smoking,” Joel told the New York paper.