President Obama, whose vices have often been fodder for the media, admitted over an open microphone at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday that he quit smoking six years ago – out of fear.
“I hope you quit smoking,” Obama was heard telling U.N. Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai, according to The Hill.
Obama and Kiai were involved in a private side conversation about the freedoms of peaceful assembly and association, The Hill reported.
Kai told Obama he smokes “sometimes” and asked the U.S. president if he did as well.
“I haven’t had a cigarette in probably six years,” Obama said. “That’s because I’m scared of my wife.”
Michelle Obama is well-known for her “Let’s Move!” campaign to promote healthy eating and exercise among children. She said in an iVillage interview last year that her daughters helped the president quit smoking.
“I think he didn’t want to look his girls in the eye and tell them that they shouldn’t do something that he was still doing,” the first lady said at the time. “So they played an important role in him finally saying, ‘I’ve gotta get this done’ … He credits them with that.”
Watch Obama’s admission via The Washington Post: