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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

President Obama's Brand of Cigarettes


(Hat Tip: Andy Morriss.)

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They need to be $100 bills, at least.

Posted by: Scott | Apr 10, 2012 6:17:14 PM

I think he's still smoking - does ANYone know a former smoker - like Obama claims to be - that keeps his weight steady or loses weight after quitting? Especially at age 50? Based on the latest Drudge pics today, I'd guesstimate the guy has lost 20 pounds since he became president.

I don't smoke, and I tend to feel sorry for the smokers I see huddled around doorways in winter as the government feasts on their cigarette tax dollars... but I also despise hypocrisy, and if he's sneaking smokes like a schoolgirl in the White House or on his golf outings, then I wish he would get called on it. Alas, I'm not (wait for it, waaait for it) holding my breath.

Posted by: Fred Garvin | Apr 10, 2012 6:34:01 PM

The modern version of the cigar-smoking capitalist fat-cat that lit his cigar with a $10 bill... now, it's greedy politicians who send money up in smoke.

Posted by: Buck O'Fama | Apr 10, 2012 6:51:18 PM

Shouldn't those be $10,000 bills?

Posted by: Sherri | Apr 10, 2012 6:55:13 PM

The package warning states: Taxes are dangerous to your wealth.

Posted by: tripleforte | Apr 10, 2012 7:12:37 PM

This seems a little too cheap.

I would have thought he used Franklins as cigarette paper.

also first.

Posted by: CamelTheHustler | Apr 10, 2012 7:14:47 PM

need it to be benjis

Posted by: busankim | Apr 10, 2012 7:27:54 PM

They should be $100 bills.

Posted by: DBix | Apr 10, 2012 7:49:45 PM

Shouldn't they have been made with the bills featuring Woodrow Wilson ($100k)? Just for accuracies sake, you know...

Posted by: KenH | Apr 10, 2012 8:57:19 PM

This can't be true -- there's no way Barry would even deign to touch a single; guaranteed he smokes nothing smaller than twenties.

Posted by: Todd Gunther | Apr 10, 2012 8:57:49 PM

The reason the bills are ones? That is the only bill we get to see.

You'll have to be "elite" to have a larger bill.

You know - a 1%-er Democrat Presidential Campaign donor will fill the bill.

Posted by: Mike Runs | Apr 11, 2012 7:50:49 AM

It would be more accurate to wrap these smokes in IOUs.

Posted by: Jake | Apr 11, 2012 9:09:42 AM

i heard he used to burn virginia slims in college...

Posted by: stonedome | Apr 11, 2012 11:09:47 AM