[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]President Obama was recently photographed grabbing a cigarette from a fresh pack.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Okay, fine. The man is an adult and he can smoke if he wants. None of us should really care.
However, the reaction by the Obama Administration to questions concerning the photograph is what is truly interesting; instead of calmly discussing the president’s resuming (or continuation) of his habit, the propagandists for the White House have sought to slap-down any who dare ask about the image of the Dear Leader.
On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest had little patience with those who dare to ask questions that might poke holes in the cult of personality that has been crafted for the 44th president.
April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, questioned,
“There’s a lot of question about what this white thing is in his hand. Can you tell us — is the president, does he have a pack of cigarettes in his hand?”
Earnest briskly responded, “He does not.”
After a brief exchange, Earnest snapped at the journalist, “I told you it’s not cigarettes. Let’s move on!”
Whether Obama smokes or not it hardly the issue. He’s over 18 and though his wife and he have been dedicated to making everyone else’s habits their business, he should be able to smoke if he wants.
What remains strange about this exchange is that instead of admitting what the photo seems to show or, alternatively, explaining what the president was holding (if not cigarettes), the official reaction to the challenge of the president’s image was swift denial and a rude end to the dialogue.
In all despotic regimes, a cult of personality is carefully crafted and fiercely defended. This regime appears no different.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]