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Boehner’s Smoking Is Attacked By Media

From Mr. Obama’s lickspittle slaveys at the New York Times:

Boehner’s Smoking Habit Gets Scrutiny

September 12, 2010

WASHINGTON – When it comes to fighting what he views as the Democrats’ big-government agenda, the House Republican leader, John A. Boehner of Ohio, just won’t quit. It turns out, the same goes for his own heavy smoking habit.

In a frank, and personal, exchange with Bob Schieffer, the host of “Face the Nation” on CBS, Mr. Boehner conceded that cigarettes were a “bad habit” but expressed no willingness to give them up.

And Mr. Boehner said he and other Americans should have the right to decide for themselves.

Mr. Schieffer raised the issue by recounting his own past addiction. “Mr. Boehner, I’m going to ask you this question because I’m not objective about this,” he said. “I’m a cancer survivor. I used to be a heavy smoker. Do you still smoke?”

Mr. Boehner: “I do.”

Mr. Schieffer: “You have taken $340,000 from the tobacco industry. They’ve been the largest contributor to your political campaigns over the year. How do you square that with the fact that cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in this country – 435,000 people, their deaths are linked to cancer. That’s one in five. How do you – how do you justify that in your own mind.”

“Bob, tobacco is a legal product in America,” Mr. Boehner replied. “And the American people have the right to decide for themselves whether they want to partake or not.” Noting that many things are bad for a person’s health, he added, “The American people out to have the right to make those decisions on their own.”

Mr. Schieffer was not persuaded. “Well, I mean they have a right to shoot themselves if they choose to, but I mean shouldn’t we do something to try to encourage them not to?”

Was this an interview or a debate? Isn’t excessive tanning also linked to cancer? Why didn’t Mr. Schieffer castigate Mr. Boehner for that habit as well?

By the way, has Mr. Schieffer ever debated the morality of smoking with Mr. Obama? The number one smoker in the land? In fact, when we the last time it was ever mentioned that Mr. Obama smokes? Indeed, when was the first time?

And speaking of agendas, the same New York Times for two days ran as their top political news story the claim that Mr. Boehner is ‘Tightly Bound To Lobbyists.’ And now we hear that he also smokes. Is there no end to the man’s wickedness?

It’s almost as if The Times is trying to help Mr. Obama and the Democrats demonize the man. Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 13th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

34 Responses to “Boehner’s Smoking Is Attacked By Media”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    Good points Steve – but isn’t this so hypocritical – when study after study proves that so many of the liberal core beliefs (abortion, unwed motherhood, drug usage, homosexuality) all lead to very specific negative outcomes and higher costs – not only for the individual but also for society – and yet they are held sacrosanct.

    ‘Big” Tobacco brings in about 12 b to the government coffers – but in their quest to PC police the stupid masses – they are cutting off their noses to spite their faces. If it was truly equal and ‘just’ then I’d might be ok with it – a bit, maybe. Is it harmful – yes – but probably made worse because ‘Big” Cigarette makers (not ‘Big’ Tobacco – there is a difference) put stuff that has nothing to do with Tobacco in those cigs. But in the scheme of things – there are so many things (colorings, flavorings & other additives in food), a serious lack of physical activity (not exercise) and other behaviors – that are proven to lead to negative outcomes – how come they are not so nanny stated? And why – I thought individual freedom and rights allowed Americans to be stupid and selfish and all other sorts of ‘protected’ things to do as they please (certainly many in Congress & The WH do). And besides – we all die – isn’t that also one of the sacrosanct cores of liberalism – choosing how to ‘off’ oneself & when?

    Just read via another website that the FDA is going after the ‘electric’ cigs – isn’t that so hypocritically liberally rich – yes lets bash/ban the aid to reduce/quit smoking which in the scheme of things certainly has less damaging possibilities and totally ignore all the damaging things in the original item – the FDA claims that nicotine is a drug – but does nothing to clean up ‘Big’ Cigs act. But they will go full speed ahead to bash a stop smoking device. Question, I wonder how many people are injured or diseased by the ‘electric’ cigs as compared to how many are injured or diseased by the smoking cessation drugs – how about that chart msm? Or a chart about how each ‘aid’ works as to actual and long term quitting? Talk about a real lack of common sense.

    But yes, it comes down to bashing the Repub/Conservative while ignoring the Dem (most specifically Obama) – which in itself is seriously hypocritical – bet Bob Schieffer would never ask President Obama the same questions, in the same way. Thus (msm, Dems, liberals) the proof of bias shows.

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

    • CitizenReporter says:

      Boehner’s smoking BAD – Obama’s smoking – NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

      Bush’s vacations – BAD – Obama’s vacations – HE WORKS HARD LEAVE HIM ALONE.

      Nancy Reagan’s new WH china (NOT paid for by the taxpayers) – BAD – Michelle’s $500 sneakers and posh trips – SHE’S ENTITLED TO IT.


    • CGardner says:

      Wardmama4, you are so right about the double standard in liberal beliefs. I’ve worked in the field of HIV/AIDS for more than 20 years, and no one asks whether behaviors like unsafe gay sex, dirty needle use or late entry into prenatal care should carry a penalty. The unspoken assumption is that these behaviors deserve a break, because they are practiced by “poor, oppressed people.”

      Once, I asked a very intelligent liberal co-worker why men engaged in unprotected gay sex should not have to pay a penalty for their behavior when smokers do. He said, “Because it’s a life style choice.” I couldn’t make sense of that, though obviously he did. Work among liberals can be really trying.

  2. Right of the People says:

    The libs must really see Boehner as threat to be going full tilt bozo on him. I think this shows we are winning since if we weren’t there would be no reason to go after him since he’s only a congressman and not able to do that much damage since he is presently in the minority.

    The libs know that when they lose the house this fall that Boehner is the most likely candidate to take the Botox Bitch’s spot as speaker and they’re preforming a preemptive strike hoping to weaken his position.

    Things are looking up.

    As an aside being a former smoker although I don’t smoke anymore and find that it tends to irritate my eyes now, I still support the right for people to choose whether they want to smoke or not. These bans that many states are now adopting prohibiting people from smoking in public are ridiculous. I read somewhere that some state was trying to ban people from smoking in their cars and homes. That is the ultimate in nannyism. What’s next, a ban on passing gas or belching in public?

    It’s time for the adults to take back our country and throw these dumbass kids out.

    • jobeth says:

      I wonder if the “Botox B****” has her U-Haul reserved yet. With the way things are going she better reserve it soon…There is going to be a run on those trucks come the end of the year…lol. I have a few extra cardboard boxes she can have.

      Just trying to help.

      ” What’s next, a ban on passing gas or belching in public?”

      If that ever happens I know a bunch of men who are in a world of trouble! LOL

    • wardmama4 says:

      Right – I too am an ex-smoker married to a smoker who is working toward quitting. It is the Peoples Republic of Kalifornia that makes smoking in a car with a minor a misdemeanor.

      Only – Alabama, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming – do not have a statewide ban. It devastated Cincinnati when Strickland (D as in Dumb) pushed it through – he wanted to ban smoking everywhere ‘if I could’ – was his response to – but now smokers just have to cross the river (taking their money with them) to be able to smoke in bars & restaurants. And he wonders why he is losing to the Repub candidate. (Well the 400,000 jobs lost during his reign of terror – might also have something to do with it)

      God Help America
      A Proud American Infidel

  3. jobeth says:

    My husband tells how the British government taxes cigarette so heavily and then condemns smoking so much all the while complaining that cigarette tax income is falling.

    “What to do….What to do!!!”
    “There isn’t enough money now to support all the entitlements that were funded by that tax!”

    Its just like the libs to want their cake and eat it too.

    I know…! How about spending less! What a concept.

    Soon you’ll start hearing the same panic cry here.

    As a Respiratory Therapist, I’m no fan of smoking by the way. I wish everyone would quit. My own husband, after a heart attack is fighting his own battle with this habit.

    Having said all that, for ANY lib, let alone a supposedly ‘unbiased” high profile journalist’ to get on to someones personal LEGAL habit is wrong on many levels.

    Especially when that lib’s personal hero is guilty of the very same habit…and they act as if they don’t even want to know!

    I really hate the smoking habit for too many reasons to list here…but its legal. Leave him alone.

  4. Melly says:

    I guess Boehner is the new “Sarah Palin.”
    Libs….they are sooooo predictable.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    I hope Boehner learned that you don’t give the rabid Lamestream Media the time of day anymore unless you want a public anal exam. Thankfully, nobody gives a crap and it’s obvious how desperate the regime is for any enemy they can target since Sarah played them to be impotent while everything they did to her only elevated her more..

    Always found it ironic that the Libnuts cared so much about smoking. Every other act of self-destruction including and especially drug experimentation is perfectly enshrined within what they define as freedoms. Obviously it’s because tobacco companies are an easy demon and astronomical cigarette taxes are an always reliable income. Then there’s the so-called costs for increased health-care needs. Hmm, I wonder why the Government is having to pick up those costs too?

    Who is it really farming for money though (and they know it)? Mostly the poor. When it comes down to a choice between cigs, food, and gas – what’s the choice? Cigs. That’s how the poor work, typically it’s the fundamental insight into why they’re poor.

    Compassionate Liberalism is the most oft believed lie and completely oxymoronic. There’s no real interest in teaching people to fish, only having them completely dependent on the daily handout.

    – A reformed smoker, ages 15-22.

    • jobeth says:

      “When it comes down to a choice between cigs, food, and gas – what’s the choice? Cigs.”

      You forgot the all important BEER.

      Beer and cigarettes ARE the base of the poor lib’s food pyramid. After all they are both in the veggie class.

      The left won’t bother with beer yet though…gotta throw the peons something to stupefy them enough to vote when needed.

    • confucius says:

      That’s hilarious–the “liberal food pyramid.”

      Is ganja in it?

  6. jimreport says:

    The left is torn because on the one hand smoking is used to extract more in the name of some made up myth that smokers cost society, when in fact the UK’s own numbers say that smokers and the obese save their system money by dying 15 years younger, and usually keelling suddenly.

    5 second on google:
    Ultimately, the thin and healthy group cost the most, about $417,000, from age 20 on.

    The cost of care for obese people was $371,000, and for smokers, about $326,000.

    The results counter the common perception that preventing obesity will save health systems worldwide millions of dollars.


    And the UK report is out there somewhere too.

  7. Petronius says:

    I support tobacco because it is a Southern product.

  8. GL0120 says:

    Excuse me, but isn’t there someone else in Washington that just happens to smoke?
    Someone high up in Democrat politics?
    Someone who once pledged to quit but is known to sneak out for a quick smoke?
    Someone who just happens to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?
    Once again, we have the liberal mantra of “Okay for me, but not for thee.”

  9. beautyofreason says:

    I am no fan of smoking. My grandfather left my grandmother a widow when my mother was a young child; he keeled over from a heart attack likely from obesity and smoking.

    However, to demonize someone for using a private product and to rain on a conservative politician when our own Democratic president smokes – is hypocritical and deceitful to say the least.

    • Melly says:

      Really sorry to read about your Grandfather. Smoking is such an addiction and a very difficult habit to break. My maternal Grandfather smoked until he died at the age of 88 (it was prolly the benzene he was exposed to as an old fashioned hand type printer that did him in) and my Dad smoked regularly but died at 52 from an unrelated cause. I don’t pass judgment against anyone who smokes, including Barry. BUT I do find it hypocritical like you “beautyofreason.” We have a chain smoking President hiding in the White House and elsewhere puffing away and no one has the proverbials to take a photograph of him whilst doing it……….well they hid the ladies visiting Bubba…..what’s the difference when it comes to the liberal press protecting their liberal President.

    • jobeth says:

      “We have a chain smoking President hiding in the White House and elsewhere puffing away and no one has the proverbials to take a photograph of him whilst doing it……….”

      Maybe that’s behind why he won’t allow outside photos of him in the WH. lol

      He wouldn’t be able to control “FoxNews” photogs. lol

  10. proreason says:

    How soon before they discover that Mr. Boehner is really a child molester?

    Oh wait a minute, forget that…..’journolists’ won’t dare offend NAMBLA. They won’t screw with their base.

  11. Georgfelis says:

    The lesson the Libs learned from their failure with Newt was “Attack early, smear him *before* he takes the Speakership.” Newt actually got a great deal done before the Press managed (with some help from him) to turn him into some sort of monster.

  12. mr_bill says:

    Aren’t these the same liberals who are trying to get dope legalized in their lib states of Kal-ee-fon-ee-uh and Colorado? Don’t smoke cigarettes, they’re evil, here have a joint, instead.


  13. untrainable says:

    Since we’re working as hard as we can to put the country on the road to socialsim and eventually communism, maybe Schieffer should look into our future and take a cue from the Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin. If you think Dumbocrats have some convoluted logic, get this. “We’re raising taxes on cigs and booze so that smokers and drinkers can do more to help the state fix society.


    I do smoke. I love it. Pack a day for 30 years. They’ll pry the still burning butt of my last Camel non-filtered out of my cold dead hand. I’ve already beat the insurance tables by 10 years. Every day is gravy. The only thing that matters in this entire exchange was when he said that people ought to have the right to choose. A-Men to the future speaker.

  14. jimreport says:

    I’d like to thank the dumbocrats for forcing me to quit smoking reconstituted tobacco and start smoking real tobacco. Morning cough disappeared, the whittle chillen of SCHIP are denied my money, and instead of paying $100 a pound (2 cartons), I pay $15 a pound plus about 4 bucks for 2 cartons of tubes.

  15. AmericanIPA says:

    Jeez Bob, you’d think Boehner’s smoking is what caused YOUR cancer!

    Personal choice is such a horrible thing for liberals to understand, unless of course that choice is to kill an unborn baby, but that doesn’t hurt anyone. But allowing people to put foods, drinks, and legal drugs of their choosing into their own bodies, now that’s something to fight against!

  16. JohnMG says:

    The only thing Schieffer could have made plainer was if he had said; “Mr Boehner, how dare you kill yourself with tobacco. At your age you should just let ‘government’ deny you lifesaving procedures.”

    Isn’t that what national healthcare is about? The only thing Obamacare would “off” you for more quickly than smoking would be if you were a registered Republican. Boehner is twice-cursed, huh?

  17. Chase says:

    Melly wrote – “Smoking is such an addiction and a very difficult habit to break.”

    I have never smoked, nor saw the least bit of allure to do so. So I cannot of myself speak for either point.

    My father was a 3-pack-a-day smoker for 14 years. He had quit dozens of times, so he now jokes. When faced with a decision, a challenge to quit, he did it in one night, and never suffered withdrawal symptoms or fought continued urges and habit demons.

    He prayed. Wth faith, knowing He could help, he prayed for the desire to be taken away, to be rid of the habit. The next morning he arose and felt no urge to light up. Not quite first hand, but I was old enough to remember. I recommend it.

  18. oldpuppydixie says:

    Sheiffer told Boehner to SET AN EXAMPLE by quitting smoking. Boehner should have responded by suggesting that Bob set an example for his media peers by beginning to report the news in a true, fair and unbiased way, no longer being a shill for the democrat party and the rest of the left!!! Too bad Boehner didn’t think of it…though I doubt he would have had the guts to SAY it!!

  19. artboyusa says:

    And John Boehner has done what, exactly, for conservatives? We should support him because why? He has fought for us when? Boehner is the epitome of the smug, lazy, middle aged white men with peculiar hair (peculiar skin tone too, in JB’s case) who think the Republican Party is their private property, run for their exclusive benefit. Boehner, McConnell, et al: watching these goofs on TV is about as much fun as a baby’s funeral. Every time they show their faces or open their mouths they lose us votes. It will be a good day for conservatives in America when we’ve divested ourselves of this so called “leadership” and this bass voiced dimwad gets retired back to Ohio to spend more time with his cigarette habit.

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