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Where there's smoke, there's apparently no fire

By Jonathan Capehart

Have y'all gone soft? I write a piece encouraging the president of the United States to continue -- not quit -- smoking, and all I've heard are crickets. Even the comments, usually about as gentile as a cage match, were devoid of vitriol. If anything, folks took issue with the choice of drink. But I did get an insightful e-mail from a reader who confesses that he smokes "not at Boehner-like levels, but only at work."

I've found that if you go to the designated smoking areas that these are the last places in the U.S. that know no discrimination or organizational or class lines. And, it's amazing what gossip you pick up. (Also, it's my theory on why Jason Blair's fabrications at the NYTimes went uncovered for so long because he smoked with the top editor). For what it's worth, I'm giving you props on something so true and insightful.

Well, thanks! Now, let's see if it happens -- and if it works.

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 9, 2010; 11:41 AM ET
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You were serious? We didn't think you were that dense. We though you were trying to be glib and humorous.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | November 9, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I agree, I think the president plus all members of congress should get together at least once a week for an hour or two of whiskey shots and cigars.

The country seemed much less rancorous and less ideologically divided when leaders were cutting deals in smoke-filled rooms and lubricating the social milieu with some good Bourbon.

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | November 9, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

The French Drink wine at every meal, smoke Gitanes, eat meats with heavy sauces, indulge in extra-marital affairs, take 8 week vacations, and generally to everything the Prostant ethnic preaches against, and live to be 90.

Maybe the government should stop lecturing, saving us, making us wear seat belts, limiting salt, putting drinking ages at 21 and driving license age at 14 (figure that one out - you can buy beer at McDonalds in Europe), in other words get the heck out of our private lives...and the results might be less stress, more productivity.

Posted by: wjc1va | November 9, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"gentile as a cage match"? What's circumcision got to do with it?

Posted by: GeneTouchet | November 10, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

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