John Boehner Likes Smoking Too Much to Be President

"I smoke cigarettes and I'm not giving that up to be President of the United States," he tells Jay Leno.

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In an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) explained why he’d never run for president. “I like to play golf,” he said. “I like to cut my own grass. I do drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes and I’m not giving that up to be President of the United States.”

Later in the show, the Republican leader touched on the infighting that has plagued his party. When asked if it’s the worst it’s ever been, Boehner said, “Oh no…well…maybe it is,” and went on to explain that though the members of the GOP have the same goals, their strategies on how to reach them differ.

“The funny thing about the so-called infighting is we agree on all the goals,” Boehner said. “We think Obamacare is bad for the country. We think we shouldn’t spend more than what we bring in. We think the President is ignoring the law. It’s all a fight over tactics.”

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CastielleElorea
CastielleElorea

He likes smoking too much, and apparently, can't do without his daily visits to the tanning spa either. You, Bohner, the 1960s just called, they want you back.

MommaOf5
MommaOf5

You people are morons. If you can elect your boy child, anyone can be elected.

chris876541
chris876541

"I smoke cigarettes and I'm not giving that up to be President of the United States,"


He was trying to be funny (I think), but Bohnhead would never get elected anyway.  I think he knows he's incapable of leading the country, and wouldn't want to trade his cushy job of doing nothing for a position where he'd actually have to work for his pay and be responsible for making decisions.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@chris876541He better attend to the Benghazi, IRS investigations first before entertaining of going about in late night shows, much more a Presidential run which he wont win anyway.

AzBabyBoomer
AzBabyBoomer

I just can't buy the tan story Fro day to day he changed color from darker than Obama to orange to white. No bike riding would have given him THAT color change. He probably thinks bronzer would get him kicked out of the republican party.LOL

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@AzBabyBoomerNever mind the bawling, weeping and the crying. The man is just..... never mind.

FatisrockFatisrock
FatisrockFatisrock

@AzBabyBoomer  

HE SAY ON JAY LENO SHOW THAT HIS MOTHER IS DARK SKIN AND HE GOT IT FROM HER. THEY ENEVEN SHOW HIS CHILDWOOD PICTURE WHERE HE LOOKS DARK SKIN.

sapience
sapience

I don't know why he sells himself short. Our current president has no scruples when it comes to smoking. 


Seriously though, if smoking causes the American people to reject a potential candidate, how shallow have we become?

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@sapienceIf marijuana which has more carcinogens than tobacco is acceptable why cigarettes ?
 It is the liberalization and wussification of this country that is really appalling.

Treeplanter
Treeplanter

@ReneDemonteverde @sapience   Rene, usually I just am an outside reader, and shrug off posts which I disagree with, but not in this case.  Marijuana may well have more carcinogens than Tobacco, but it's a case of dosage.  My mother was a heavy smoker who now has emphysema.  She claimed to only smoke 2 packs a day, but after her diagnosis admitted it was actually 3 packs but had kept it quiet because it was too embarrassing.  Doing the math, each cigarette has enough tobacco to supply 10 to 20 inhalations.  Let's take the average and say 15 inhalations.  If you smoke 1 pack a day that's 300 inhalations, 2 packs 600, and in the case of my Mom, 900 inhalations per day!  Now thinking back to my youth when I smoked Marijuana nearly everyday, my friends and I would share a joint and each of us would get about 3 or 4 inhalations. That was all we needed.  Even at the most raging party, I'd have to say the most I ever inhaled in a single day was 20 hits.  But compared to my Mom, 900 to 3 up to 20, in your view I was the real Wuss, but then again I don't have Emphysema

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@TreeplanterI started smoking at fifteen peaked at five packs a day {seriously} and many of my friends started with Mary Jane {yes that is what they call them in the sixties} now two of them have OD on crack and heroin. I am not saying am proud of my smoking. Just quit them cold turkey. They do not call marijuana gateway drug for nothing. My point is that one is as dangerous as the other. But my personal opinion is the that marijuana can lead to more heavy drug use is of much weight than the other. Plus the crime which drug usage attracts. Dope dealers dont sell cigarettes but they do sell marijuana.
 

chris876541
chris876541

@sapienceHe'd be rejected because he's John Boehner... it would have little to do with his smoking.

hivemaster
hivemaster

@ReneDemonteverde Dope dealeers don't sell cigarettes because there is no margin for a black market.  You can buy them in a store.

SallyQuick
SallyQuick

I hope he has a great time with his impending health issues due to smoking. 

chris876541
chris876541

@SallyQuickHey, he'll be covered by the best healthcare paid for by US citizens, so it's no big deal...

MrObvious
MrObvious

Maybe the speaker like smoking so much he'll never run, but lets not entertain that he'd ever have a shot at it unless he was the only one running. On both sides.

Think_again
Think_again

Another sly humble-brag that intimates he is more down-home american than that arugula-chomping anchor-baby Obama. 


The rest of what he says is equally delusional and corrosive to any genuine political progress, wrapped up in a bow of clueless self-righteousness.

JohnDavidson
JohnDavidson

@Think_again As a smoker he can get upwards of 50 million American smokers votes after all the smoking bans that have been pushed by Mr Obamas administration and all based upon JUNK SCIENCE. The abuse that Obama has allowed with Federal Grants to non-profits for ILLEGAL LOBBYING is beyond reproach. They openly broke federal laws on grants and IRS laws on non-profits and lobbying activites by doing this. Even the Inspector Generals Office told them to stop it yet continue to this day thru CDC,NIH,NIof Cancer and other federal depts. that have grant making capabilities.............

Think_again
Think_again

@JohnDavidson @Think_again 


Stop -- you're making me like Obama, just when I thought I was done with him.


Of course, the tobacco people have never resorted to lobbying or funded junk science to make their case. No, never.

JohnDavidson
JohnDavidson

@Think_again@JohnDavidson


When you look at the actual studies your gonna find the Tobacco Companies were actually pretty honest about there reports.......to this day they have never proven smoking causes one thing in anybody!


JOINT STATEMENT ON THE RE-ASSESSMENT OF THE TOXICOLOGICAL TESTING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS"
7 October, the COT meeting on 26 October and the COC meeting on 18
November 2004.


http://cot.food.gov.uk/pdfs/cotstatementtobacco0409


"5. The Committees commented that tobacco smoke was a highly complex chemical mixture and that the causative agents for smoke induced diseases (such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, effects on reproduction and on offspring) was unknown. The mechanisms by which tobacco induced adverse effects were not established. The best information related to tobacco smoke - induced lung cancer, but even in this instance a detailed mechanism was not available. The Committees therefore agreed that on the basis of current knowledge it would be very difficult to identify a toxicological testing strategy or a biomonitoring approach for use in volunteer studies with smokers where the end-points determined or biomarkers measured were predictive of the overall burden of tobacco-induced adverse disease."

In other words ... our first hand smoke theory is so lame we can't even design a bogus lab experiment to prove it. In fact ... we don't even know how tobacco does all of the magical things we claim it does.

The greatest threat to the second hand theory is the weakness of the first hand theory.

Think_again
Think_again

@JohnDavidson @Think_again 


Then by all means, go on smoking, John. Rest assured that you will be safe. And if you want to smoke, take it outside and don't spoil my meal. 


Because whatever you find on the internet that supports your opinion must be true. And anything that challenges it will be debunked, also on the internet. How comforting the internet is! You can say anything and be indisputably right! Anything! Woohoo!!


Bye.

JohnDavidson
JohnDavidson

@Think_again@JohnDavidson Yet a simple look at the chemistry shows us that its:

About 90% of secondary smoke is composed of water vapor and ordinary air with a minor amount of carbon dioxide. The volume of water vapor of second hand smoke becomes even larger as it quickly disperses into the air,depending upon the humidity factors within a set location indoors or outdoors. Exhaled smoke from a smoker will provide 20% more water vapor to the smoke as it exists the smokers mouth.

4 % is carbon monoxide.

6 % is those supposed 4,000 chemicals to be found in tobacco smoke. Unfortunatley for the smoke free advocates these supposed chemicals are more theorized than actually found.What is found is so small to even call them threats to humans is beyond belief.Nanograms,picograms and femptograms......
(1989 Report of the Surgeon General p. 80).

Think_again
Think_again

@JohnDavidson @Think_again 


Sounds yummy -- I want me some of that. Please breathe it straight into my mouth so I don't miss a thing! Nothing says 'I love you' like a kiss from a smoker. You romantic you!

JohnDavidson
JohnDavidson

@Think_again@JohnDavidson I gather your mother smoked during her pregnancy with you then:


Another Insane claim by tobacco control researchers:


Smoking increases chances of child being gay in adulthood, controversial study claimsA neuroscientist has claimed a woman's lifestyle during pregnancy is directly linked to the development of their children, influencing whether they may be gay and having an impact on their IQ


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10582504/Smoking-increases-chances-of-child-being-gay-in-adulthood.html


Care for a lil 3rd hand smoke too.......even more baseless claims by TC

Think_again
Think_again

@JohnDavidson @Think_again 


You're really not getting this, are you, Sheldon?


On the other hand, you may not be an actual person here, but rather a test version of an automatic Google search engine masquerading as a commenter. The horror!

JohnDavidson
JohnDavidson

@Think_again@JohnDavidson Are you getting it yet,prohibition doesn't work and especially built upon FABRICATED EVIDENCE to suit the movement!


Its nothing new:



Heres a time line starting in 1900,dont be surprised to see the same thing playing out today nearly 100 years later.

1901: REGULATION: Strong anti-cigarette activity in 43 of the 45 states. "Only Wyoming and Louisiana had paid no attention to the cigarette controversy, while the other forty-three states either already had anti-cigarette laws on the books or were considering new or tougher anti-cigarette laws, or were the scenes of heavy anti- cigarette activity" (Dillow, 1981:10).

1904: New York: A judge sends a woman is sent to jail for 30 days for smoking in front of her children.

1904: New York City. A woman is arrested for smoking a cigarette in an automobile. "You can't do that on Fifth Avenue," the arresting officer says.

1907: Business owners are refusing to hire smokers. On August 8, the New York Times writes: "Business ... is doing what all the anti-cigarette specialists could not do."

1917: SMOKEFREE: Tobacco control laws have fallen, including smoking bans in numerous cities, and the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Idaho and Tennessee.

1937: hitler institutes laws against smoking.This one you can google.


The bans will be repealed and they used Junk science last the same as this time to justify the bans to begin with!

chris876541
chris876541

@JohnDavidson@Think_againmore than just Obama have pushed smoking bans.  It's more an issue of healthcare costs related to lung cancer, emphysema, etc.  Same for fat people and diabetes.

cherdr23
cherdr23

@JohnDavidson. If you're okay with smoking based on your "facts," that's fine. It can also be okay for those of us who prefer choose to believe the "fabricated evidence" and not smoke.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@JohnDavidson 

I hope they pay you well for shilling for something that kills you. I just can't understand why someone would post a metric ton in defense of tobacco unless they also get paid to do so. It's not that awesome. I mean I like pizza but I don't spend an hour blabbing about it's purported health benefits.

Trust me, no amount of money that they pay you can ever convince me that something that lead to my dads heart attack is good for me.