This week, Obama found himself in hot water after a photo was released that appeared to show him smoking cigarettes.
The viral image appears to show Obama smoking with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi outside the G-7 Summit in Germany. Despite the fact that Obama is clearly holding a carton of cigarettes in the photo, the White House has repeatedly denied that this is the case.
“Does he have a pack of cigarettes in his hand?” White House reporter April Ryan asked during today’s press briefing.
“He does not,” Earnest replied, adding that he did not know what the president was actually holding.
“You may not be surprised to hear that I have not raised this issue with the president today,” Earnest said.
Ryan, however, didn’t give up, telling Earnest that the photo is “everywhere.”
“I’m not sure that’s the way I would describe it,” Earnest replied. When Ryan tried to press him once again, Earnest finally shut her down.
“I told you they’re not cigarettes, let’s move on,” he concluded shortly.
This exchange, of course, is completely ridiculous. Obama was holding cigarettes and Earnest knows it, yet they’re continuing to insult the intelligence of Americans everywhere by continuing to deny this.
Frankly, I don’t give a hoot if Obama smokes, but the fact that he’s blatantly lying about it makes my blood boil!
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