For those with too much time on their hands and too many conspiracies to ponder, the Internet rumor-mill is swirling around the burning question:
Is that a cigarette in President Obama’s hand, or is he just happy to see Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi?
A photograph posted to Instagram on Sunday by Renzi’s spokesman shows the president standing on a balcony with the prime minister, holding something in his hands.
Obama was attending the G7 conference in Germany when he had a private moment with Renzi, and of course, smoking inside an office is verboten in Deutschland, leading the tin-foil-hat section of the Internet to the conclusion that the president is taking a smoke break.
That is, if anyone actually cared if the president smoked.
OBAMA SMOKING CIGARETTES AINT REAL NEWS. IF HE WAS SMOKING SHERM STICKS, NOW THAT WOULD BE NEWS. ON WITH YA DAY.
— Wu-Tang Financial (@Wu_Tang_Finance) June 9, 2015
“One cigarette takes 11 minutes off your life. So smoke 3 and don’t plan on watching a last episode of Parks and Rec” http://t.co/KxcOPCQzCB
— caitlin cruz (@caitlinrcruz) June 9, 2015
Let President Obama have a cigarette, already http://t.co/IetxfnDF0i /at least he’s not smoking the intern
— Larry Kelly (@Larry_Kelly) June 9, 2015
The Hill reported in 2013 that during a conversation with a Kenyan civil rights lawyer, the president admitted “I haven’t had a cigarette in probably six years.”
Given that it’s commonly reported that Obama chews nicotine replacement gum around the White House, could that be what he was reaching for?
@moody Cigarettes or Nicorette?
— Don Fredrick (@Colony14) June 9, 2015
In keeping with the seriousness of the charge of smoking on the balcony, various theories have been advanced on Twitter to explain the photo.
— darth™ (@darth) June 9, 2015
— Chris Moody (@moody) June 9, 2015
— Alex Torrek (@AlexTorrek) June 9, 2015
Funny that it took European media to snap a picture of Obama smoking. You can’t tell me our media wasn’t aware the lying liar was lying.
— Melissia (@ProudoftheUSA) June 9, 2015
@TwitchyTeam is that on the Michelle Obama dietary intake approved list?
— Eric Caswell (@CaswellTTU99) June 9, 2015
@TwitchyTeam Mint flavored candy cigarettes.
— MarvelousMarvin. (@BobLee2015) June 9, 2015
@TwitchyTeam No no no. He’s not smoking again. He just holding a pack for his friends. Like all good former smokers do.
— Kelevra (@45kelevra) June 9, 2015
@TwitchyTeam Why he’s holding a box of ISIS strategy of course.
— MarketRunner (@SWGaspar) June 9, 2015
Now we can all move on with our lives.