February 8th, 2011
06:30 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) –It’s the smoke-out heard around the world.
President Obama’s campaign slogan “Yes We Can,” has now been replaced with “Yes he has,” well at least when it comes to smoking.
According to reporters attending a roundtable with the First Lady, Mrs. Obama confirmed that her husband has kicked the habit. “Yes, he has,” she said. “It’s been almost a year.”
The First Lady couldn’t provide the exact time when the president tossed his cigs away for good, “because he never smoked a lot,” she said.
President Obama has openly discussed his long and difficult struggle with cigarettes. When asked about his habit in 2009, the president said “I don't do it in front of my kids, I don't do it in front of my family, and I would say that I am 95 percent cured.”
By last December, there was noticeable progress according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, who all but confirmed the president had stopped smoking. “I have not seen or witnessed evidence of any smoking in probably nine months.”
On news of the latest and most reliable confirmation, Gibbs said that overcoming the physical addiction of smoking is possible because “others around them give them the type of encouragement that they need to break what is a tough habit to break.”
But even the president realizes that “yes he has” doesn’t rule out “oops he did.” “Like folks who go to AA, once you’ve gone down this path, then it’s something you continually struggle with,” Mr. Obama said.