In Washington and across the country there’s understandably a great deal of speculation on whether President Obama and the incoming speaker of the House, John Boehner, can work together and on what issues.
Here’s a suggestion on where to start.
Yeah, that’s what the country needs to achieve cooperation in Washington and peace in the world: tense and jittery leaders with a jones for a smoke.
Really, why is it any of Tom Brokaw’s business if the president has a cigarette?
Brokaw goes on to quote the dubious recent claims of Surgeon General Regina Benjamin:
“Tobacco smoke damages almost every organ in your body. One cigarette can cause a heart attack” in smokers with underlying heart disease.
Maybe it can. But if Boehner smokes a pack a day, I calculate he’s smoked 292,000 cigarettes in the past 40 years. I guess he hasn’t smoked that one bad one. Brokaw also mentions a study on the costs to society of smoking, a claim that other studies have rejected.