By Jane Nambi
It is said that behind every successful man, there is a woman and for the first American president, Barrack Obama, this statement is indeed correct.
Obama confessed that the reason as to why he quit smoking was because he was scared of wife, Michelle Obama. The confession was captured by a loose microphone when making small talk at the end of his remarks during the annual UN General Assembly on the importance of civil society on Monday.
In a recording taped by CNN, Obama is standing up after the event and asking the man next to him if he had given up smoking. When the question is returned to him, Obama, in a light-hearted tone with a smile on his lips, said: “I haven’t had a cigarette in probably six years. That’s because I’m scared of my wife.”
Obama has had a long weakness for cigarettes and depicted himself as a smoker in his memoir of his youth, “Dreams From My Father.” His efforts to quit the smoking habit became favorite public topic when he started his campaign for the White House in the 2008 election.
In his first year in office, Obama described himself as “95 percent cured” from smoking but admitted he has occasionally “fallen off the wagon” in his efforts. In February 2011, she said that the president had not smoked for a year and that she was not giving him a hard time about the issue.
“When somebody’s doing the right thing, you don’t mess with them,” she said.