Thank you for smoking
June 16th, 2011
12:14 AM ET

Thank you for smoking

Should the White House be off limits to smoking?

Maybe the stress of the last several days got to House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday night when he decided to light up a cigarette on the South Lawn of the White House.  Boehner, known for chain smoking, had only been at the annual Congressional Picnic for about ten minutes when he was seen taking a puff, a rarity at the White House.

What do you think?  Let us hear from you.

Topics: John Boehner • President Obama • The Buzz

soundoff (351 Responses)
  1. JoshuaRM13

    Who gives a crap if he smokes? I think we have bigger issues to deal with.

    June 16, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • gowen

      Amen brother. Fix the budget!

      June 16, 2011 at 11:23 am |
      • Opinionator-with a wink

        Smoking indoors isn't so cool anymore, but if someone smokes outdoors, should be ok. However out of courtesy, I wouldn't smoke in a crowd but on the sidelines, and then join the conversation again. Just a thought.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
      • GunnerGA

        Smoking is a worse personal habit than sexting was for Weiner. Since neither are illegal, but smoking shows a lower intelligence and weaker personal character, Boehner should resign as well and leave Congress to pure, habit-free, sex-free, gay Republicans and prudish Democrats.

        June 16, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • RocketSurgeon

      What do you expect from the folks that think "Deep dish or thin crust" are appropriate debate questions

      June 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
      • Aaron

        Obama smokes, who cares. Jesus was a liberal, you republicans are not. Also the food related questions to the repulbicans at the debate were intended to show a human side to the political entity. They're just people like you and me, most of them want a theocracy though.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • jude

      who gives a crap about him, period. smoking and crying into his alcoholic least 3 out of 10 humans are born with addictive personality. all countries know this and the tabacco and alco lobby are huge...make sure everyone gets their "legal" fix. costs tax payers allllotttt. ah, humans!

      June 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
      • george

        I'm certainly not championing smoking as I quit with Chantix after smoking 45 years but since we now know what we do about second hand smoke, I think smoking should be banned PERIOD. As to you Jude, you'd better be glad of the sin taxed items. If it werent' for them, you may be pay lots more in taxes. Oh, but you have to have a job first!

        June 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
      • Publius Novus

        Better make that smoking, crying, and TANNING.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • Michael

      Wonder if he also smokes in goverment funded offices? I would think he is aware of the dangers with Second hand smoke.
      Xsmoker here, but still never smoked around people who didnt smoke. I was a considerate smoker... Gladly I quit....He should as well.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • 2Sharp

      We Republicans have the money to smoke. We own the corporations. Thanks for the tax cuts.!

      June 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • mj

      He should have taken a crap on the WH lawn. That would pretty much sums up what this Admin has done to the country!

      June 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • Arlo

        He WAS the crap on the Whitehouse lawn.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
      • Chaos

        Actually, it sums up what you just said. Your guy sent us into a spiraling disaster and kept us afloat at least.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
      • mike


        June 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
      • kittytom

        Well said!

        June 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
      • emanuel newsome

        MJ, if you are complaining about this administration, what do you have to say about the Bush Admnistration for eight years? Maybe you were out of this country and was oblivious to what went on during Bush's eight years as President. Boehner should have some respect for the people surrounding him. second hand smoking is bad for anyone or didn't you know that MJ?

        June 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
      • Pseudo Princess

        Why don't you just lay on the lawn–same as taking a dump on it, you moron.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
      • glabee

        Actually it would signify what the house republicans are doing to middle america.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
      • That too already has happened ...

        That's GOPs' solution to everything – just crap on everything instead of dealing with problems realistically. Thanks for proving your membership in the party of NO facts, NO solutions. No wonder Boehner smokes – it's not like he's got anything to live for or cares about the future for himself or anybody's children.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
      • Fred Evil

        Grow up.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
      • Chris

        Ah, it seems like only yesterday that you folks were screaming, "My president, right or wrong!" and "You're either with us or against us!"

        June 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Daily WTF

      CNN – are you f@#king crazy. What the f@#k is wrong with your reporter? And with the headline? You are so desperate to get attention? You're sh*##ing me here. Damn!

      June 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • Daily WTF

      CNN – Way to mislead with the headline. Guess FOX is really whipping you a$$.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • Steven

      Thank you! My sentiments precisely. Who cares if he smokes at the White House or not.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • ketrout

      I am really getting tired of people telling me what I can or not do. If he wants a cigarette, be my guest. I have smoked since I was 12 and after 53 years now, NO ONE has died of my 2nd hand smoke! GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

      June 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
      • Mark

        Smoking is legal!!!!!! I quit, but don;'t think fascism is fashionable. DON'T TELL OTHERS WHAT TO DO, OR THEY CAN TELL YOU WHAT TO DO!!!!!!

        June 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
      • Publius Novus

        How do you know no one has died of your second-hand smoke?

        June 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
      • Alex

        Smoke all you want, but how do you know someone has not suffered an illness from your second hand smoke? 40 years ago people were not as aware of the issues (probably like yourself) of being in a smoke-filled room so you may have done some damage you are not even aware of. Some people can smoke their whole life without any issues,while others it does not take much, so just don't can't say something like that with absolute certainty.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
      • Mr. Butters

        ketrout & Mark. where do you live? I want to come to your house and move furniture around. Maybe I'll make a fort. Perhaps I'll paint the walls with zebra stripes. Neon pink zebra stripes! And by your own statement "DON'T TELL OTHERS WHAT TO DO, OR THEY CAN TELL YOU WHAT TO DO!!!!!!" So don't tell me I can't, because apparently I can.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
      • Deanna

        I'm sick and tired of people telling me I have to smell the stench of those cigarettes and breathe in the smoke so that THEY can indulge their addiction. I don't want to smell a huffer or a puffer, a joker or a midnight toker. Its bad enough we have to look at his wretched oompa loompa tan. Between the butts and the tanning bed the man must have a death wish!!

        June 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
      • Jeff

        Wow I'm so proud that you've smoked for 53 years. Congratulations?

        So should all addictive drugs that can kill you be legal then?

        June 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
      • Tony

        No one died of your second hand smoke? How could you possibly know that?

        June 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
      • tom

        I think the whole second hand smoking danger was blown WAY out of proportion by the rabid, angst ridden anti-smokers. (who are probably on the same mailing lists as the rabid, crazy right-to-lifers) Generations of people smoked with no or little fallout to a whole other generation. My mom had to have a cig pulled outa her hand as she was going into delivery room and I'm 60 with no resperatory or other health problems...nor have any of my siblings. Just nuts with a cause. Howver, if we can no longer smoke on public properties, beaches, parks etc it should be the same for the White House. Sorry Crybaby Boner.

        June 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • Kendp

      CNN has too much time to fill. This is another example of taking a trivial or minor matter and trying to make it a national issue.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Larry

      I think he should resign.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • rdepontb

      I think the guy is in WAY over his head, just as I think the government has gone WAYYY over EVERYONE's head. Some hide it better than others, some with tears and cigs to distract observers from seeing them shake and wet themselves. Seriously, who would want to work in DC, after Cheney/Bush/Goldwater/and the hangers-on laid waste to the town?

      June 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • politiciansblow

      i agree that there are bigger issues, but i cant smoke on the submarine for 90 days when im out to sea whay the hell does he get to smoke at the white house, the policy is no smoking in a government establishment

      June 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Ain't life strange?

      Well JoshuaRM13, he is. Remember their promise during the last election cycle? "Its all about jobs." He's keeping workers in the tobacco industry working. I like when a politician keeps a promise. (snark)

      June 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
      • Chris

        And he'll be keeping many a health care worker busy in the years to come.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

      I hear it keeps him from crying...........

      June 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
      • Bob

        The tears come as smoke and its scent seeps from your skin and clothes.
        I feel so pure now after quitting chain smoking for 50 years.

        June 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • Mark

      Go figure George, its always the reformed that spew the most foam, lol PERIOD in caps no less. He probably shouldn't have, just given the purely political optics and climate, but so what!

      June 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • Max

      We've finally found some leverage. Take away the orange giant's smokes until he does something about jobs rather than making straw man arguments about nonissues!

      June 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Rick

      He should resign. He is setting the wrong example to our children and to the country. Everyone knows that smoking is dangerous to our health and this man has no place in our government.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • steve


      June 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • DrewL

      Not that big of a deal, but he really should stop smoking. It'll kill him! For someone in a leadership position, he really should show more leadership on something like that. Smoking is terrible for one's health. Just quit!

      June 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Tom McL - Santa Fe, NM

      Concur – As long as the economy recovers, no one should care. If this is somking thing is a big stink ('scuse the pun) for some folks then they need to get their priorities straightened out. President Obama recently "quit" smoking, and President Clinton didn't inhale, so why should we care?

      June 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Garence

      No kidding – how about some real news???

      June 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • Lori

      I agree

      June 16, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Either Quit Smoking or Just Die & Stop Increasing Our Healthcare Costs

      . Cigarettes are draining our healthcare system, so maybe he should stop showing the world what trailer park trash he is and fix the same budget that gets drained by smokers like him. I hope he hangs himself. it would be much quicker and more importantly, cheaper for the rest of us.

      June 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • Mork

      You mean like fixing our healthcare system that gets overburdened with sick and dying smokers like him?

      June 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
    • Nick

      Good thing I wasn't there, they would've gotten a picture of me two-fistin' it. I hate cigarettes, but I love cigars. I think it would be more Congressional if he were to smoke a cigar. Cigarettes are is it?? French, yeah, French.

      June 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm |


      June 17, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  2. morpunkt

    Wait a minute! What about CNN posting some pictures of their Messiah Obama taking a drag. He smokes too!

    June 16, 2011 at 1:32 am |
    • icculus479

      He quit moron, know what youre talking about before you spew

      June 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
      • PeterD

        Show me the proof that Barry has quit you moron.

        June 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
      • Sparky

        You're the moron.

        June 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
      • mj

        Obama quit? Says who? Obama? Well Obama also said Crapulus would stop unemployment fr going over 8%, said he would close Gitmo, cut the deficit in half, and shovel ready jobs galore! U believe a guy that says one thing but does another? Let me guess, u believe Weiner was hacked too right?

        June 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
      • Steven

        So now our President lies about smoking. Do you have an ounce of proof of this or are you just spewing more anti-Obama crap for the sake of stirring up trouble.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
      • ketrout

        Talking about someone being a moron, are you talking about yourself? You sure sound like it!

        June 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
      • NVa NAtive

        More “followers of fox” morons chattering nonsense like monkeys in a cage. If you paid attention to legitimate news you wouldn’t need to be constantly corrected.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • Dany

      He quit. Go find something else about Obama to whine and cry about.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
      • Bill

        OK, Great economy ya got going. Damn near 90% employment. You should be proud!!

        June 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
      • PeterD

        Obama's a s s Kissser. How is it?

        June 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • cindy

      Thats a good comment,but,the President is working on the Bush Disaster" and Boehners doing "Nothing"??? Thats the differance,Dah?

      June 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • StoopidIzAzStoopidDuz

      Nicccccccccccccccccccce.....way to pay attention.....

      June 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Michael

      Your right he does, but I dont he has been caught on camera.... Thats why no pictures...

      June 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • ck1721

      So, while Obama DID smoke while in the white house, his smoking habits were off limits-both to discussion and to pictures. BUT WAIT, there's a Republican smoking at the White House. Grab your commie flags and your pitchforks, and let's get him! Smoking, sex scandals, corruption, and deceipt are common to both parties. How about we all focus on getting the lying, dirtbag lawyers out of office before we start pointing our party-fingers at the mundane and non-issues?

      June 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
      • rightwingersarenotpersecutedagainst

        You right wingers always come on here and act like nothing is ever said against the left, if you feel so persecuted, go to fox news and read the fake right wing views and twisted takes you will like on actual events.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
      • Publius Novus

        I don't think Boehner is a lawyer.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
      • Me

        Boehner is a guest. Obama is the resident and he's also quit. Tell Boehner to quit polluting the foxygen.

        June 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
      • Mork

        Hey I know what will be good for the economy! As Speaker of the House, I will contribute to inflated healthcare costs by smoking all the time. I will send a signal to young people that it is okay to smoke: That way, i will have a weakened workforce and a sick one at that! An unproductive workforce! A workforce that needs to have a cigarette every half hour otherwise they can't work. That is a good plan!

        June 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • 2+2=5

      Don't bother they'll talk you into a circle like they do intelligent design. LOL. Another day in politics, and from the comments, nobody cares, so there, sheesh that was easy. Righties, get all excited over the silliest things. Ya good idea, maybe he should be focusing on what he was elected for, but that is just me.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • can't stand the blatant ignorance

      get your facts straight....

      June 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  3. John K

    Becky Brittain , Who cares this is not news. This country is self destructing. How about
    reporting on gov waste, the overthrow of foreign nations, obama flying around the world like a rock star.
    Our crumbling roads, bridges, and water system- now thats news.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:07 am |
    • Brian

      This is government waste. If Speaker Boehner can afford to maintain his extensive habit in D.C., he's obviously being payed too much. A prime example of government waste. Other than that- smoke 'em if you got 'em

      June 16, 2011 at 8:39 am |
      • RocketSurgeon

        Are you sure he bought these with Government money? If you want to see Government waste, look at the US Postal Service.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
      • StoopidIzAzStoopidDuz

        Yes, because the USPS is completely relevant.

        June 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • A. Goodwin

      John K – Obama flying around the world like a rock star? Wow, not a big Obama fan here (I am an independent) but seriously – your post looks rather foolish given the fact that he's meeting with international leaders as part of his job. Cumbling roads, bridges – maybe you should call those states who have received federal funding for infrastructure but then used those funds in other areas – such as paying off debt.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:13 am |
      • Tony

        Yea, possibly the travel is warranted. But all of the White House dinner parties and 'picnics' could probably be suspended for the time being. Sure those meals are going for at least $100 a plate if not more.

        Bottom line is it seems like his priorities are all out of whack right now. He should suspend unnecessary travel, parties, and other frivolous items from his life right now. Shoot...if our own President won't do can they expect the average citizen of this country to do so?

        June 16, 2011 at 10:29 am |
      • StephanieVA

        Touche my friend.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:37 am |
      • A. Goodwin

        Tony – Obama, nor any president, cannot just give up diplomatic relations – Article II of the Constitution requires him dictate both his domestic and foreign agendas and conclude treaties with foreign powers. This requires that he actually TALK to and COMMUNICATE with those foreign powers!! Now, if we want to amend Article II of the Constitution – fine. But for now, this is the job Obama – or any president – signs up for. Its the job we pay for – the same salary that Bush had. Now, if you want to talk about squandering money, look no further than Bush who spent over 800 days on "vacation". Now, any rational person can see that having a picnic doesn't cost a bunch of money, and its widely known that Michelle Obama purchases many of her wardrobe items from the same stores you and I buy from – including Target. That being said – am I happy with 100% of what Obama is doing? No. Could he be displaying more financial restraint when so many Americans are suffering – propbably. But to fault him for performing his job – well, thats just silly.

        June 16, 2011 at 11:33 am |
      • Tony

        A.Goodwin – If you would have read my post more carefully, I never say he should give up fostering positive diplomatic
        relations. I am aware of our Constitution, thanks for being condescending.

        Since we are on this topic though, lets remind you that we are in the day and age where you can have a video chat with someone for CHEAP, and get the same message across to someone who may be a few thousand miles away. You don't have to sit next to them. Many businesses (including the one I work for) have cut back on travel expenses due to the economy being in the shape it is today and actively utilize video conferencing to accomplish things. So yes, he can still maintain/foster diplomatic relations without spending thousands flying around on his multi-million dollar jet. Am I saying he must? No, just saying that if they ask other businesses and citizens to be responsible about their cash, he should follow suit.

        Never said that President Obama and his family couldn't spend their own money how they see fit. That's the right of any American and what makes our country so great. What I am trying to say is that he should be a role model to the rest of the country in his spending habits, which from what I understand he isn't bad with much of his money being invested in US Bonds/Treasuries. But throwing a White House dinner party with the tax payers money is an entirely different story and just makes me sick to my stomach. And you don't know the specifics about the White House picnic, so don't go jumping to conclusions that it was cheap.

        I love how people go back to Bush in any presidential discussion. I am well aware of his blunders as a president...that's something that is recorded in the history book...thus its something we can't change. We have a CURRENT president that can still alter the way he is remembered for his 'service' to this country, that is why he is a topic for debate. If you want to debate Presidential History with me, we can do that via another avenue. I am curious where you pulled this 800 days of vacation mumbo jumbo. That aside, I am far less worried about something that happened in the past, than the the state of our country's current affairs.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
      • WiscBadger

        I am sure it was vital national buisness for Obama and his wife to use AF1 to be on Oprah.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
      • StoopidIzAzStoopidDuz

        @Badger – Obama was in Chicago on government business, and worked the appearance in to the visit. Not to mention, part of his job is to talk to the American people....

        June 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
      • NVa NAtive

        Tony – expecting video chat to be effective with heads of state and our allies is about as close to a childish view of the world as you can get. Unless your representative is horribly inept at dialogue and diplomacy – so I guess Skype would have been best for Bush.
        But Obama is very effective and respected around the world (again for Bush just the opposite). In that small and narrow world of the “followers of fox” there is no room for reality or the facts, the rest of us don’t live in a poorly scripted "reality show".

        June 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
      • Tony

        @NVa NAtive – This has nothing to do with Bush, but feel free to continue to bash him anyway, it doesn't bother me. I have a lot of the same dislikes about the way he conducted business while in office.

        To the point about Video Conference's effectiveness. I will tell you that it works very well for just about EVERY organization that utilizes it. CEOs use it to communicate with other management all around the world, also entire branches of employees. What makes my view that we could save tax payer's money by implementing its use over a larger scale, a 'childish view'? I can already assure you that there are video conferencing solutions in place between the United States and its foreign contacts and while it may not always be an ideal way to communicate, it works VERY effectively.

        You are completely missing my point though it would seem, I am simply debating ways to cost effectively communicate without having to make trips around the world in Air Force One. You can convey the same message to someone over a video chat as you can by sitting next to them in the same room. You can read their facial queues, hear the tone of their voice, etc. There is inherently no real difference.

        What does the worlds view of Obama have to do with what I am discussing? I am sorry, I just don't quite understand how any of your message really addresses what I am discussing on this forum.

        P.S. For what its worth, I don't watch any one media source, I gather information wherever its been proven to be accurate and available.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • discount06

        Yeah Goodwin, where are you getting these 800 days from. Why don't you get your facts straight. It was 977 days, if you ONLY count his ranch and Camp David. Geez. (Sarcasm)

        Google it. Or here is one:

        June 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
      • 2+2=5

        Nothing new, same people that only realized there was something wrong yesterday.....Please, think we are beyond these nuts. But that is just me....we'll see.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
      • JO

        A. Goodwin – AME, Brother! Weiner sexting is a distraction. Bohener is a distraction. Let's talk about polictians who promise to make jobs and cut spending. but instead, focus on moral issues that have no impact on job growth. Also, didn't we just lose a fight with house republicans, when we had infrastructure on the table. They woudn't go for it because Planned Parenthood might get federal funding. Remember?

        June 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Kenny

      John K....President Obama should go to other countries by bus, rail or boat and that would be fine with you I assume. Well good or bad, he is our President for now and I see him doing his work like other Presidents. I do not think it is fair for you to complain about him flying to another country like a "Rock Star". If he chose not to go overseas, you would be complaining that he is not doing his job inter acting with other world leaders. Give him a break on that issue.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:35 am |
      • jean2009

        Why? Presidents since FDR have used a version of Air Force One, so get over it and move on. Don't you think other methods would be more costly considering the security involved? I believe it is less expensive to accompany Air Force One with a few fighter jets, than it would be to inspect every mile of rail, motor route, or harbor between the President's destinations.

        Did you miss the National Geographic Channel video about Air Force One? It can be watched on tv com

        In answer to the question of this article: No one should smoke at the White House, or on the White House grounds, but then as an Ohioan, I can firmly state John Boehner is an embarrassment in more ways than one. The only person he has ever choked-up and cried about is himself. Not the homeless, unemployed, or those without health insurance...just so that rich 2% keeps getting those tax breaks.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
      • jean2009

        Sorry Kenny...I meant that for John K.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Steve

      At least he doesn't land on an aircraft carrier to deliver a non-message. Does anybody remember twice the Bush administration gave $600 rebates to tax payers. I think they thought they were buying the middle class vote. That did not work either.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • pete

      you're right. it's not news. who cares. and neither is "obama flying around the world like a rock star". no different than any other president. that's his job. grow up and quit whining! if you don't like cnn's reporting, go to fox so you can be with all the other whiners.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Dany

      LOL! It doesn't matter what Obama does – the haters are gonna whine and cry about it anyway. Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. So glad Obama doesn't pay any attention to the haters.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
      • Bob

        He should, he'll be hated right out of office

        June 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Bob B

      I agree with John . CNN , Fox News and the rest of you so called news organizations should be writing stories about important subjects. There are so many bad things going on in this country and the world and you write about this garbage. I'm not a smoker and don't care if someone lights up outside, as long as he doesn't throw his butt on the ground who cares

      June 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  4. paul

    with the state of our politics where we can't even agree to NOT default on our debt... yeah i think ill have a smoke too

    June 16, 2011 at 6:36 am |
    • StoopidIzAzStoopidDuz

      He way probably smoking because he was already drunk.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  5. Todd

    Actually, everyone should smoke.. It would be a great thing for the economy. More taxes would be collected and people would die sooner reducing medicare costs. Right?

    June 16, 2011 at 7:32 am |
    • elcrabo

      Todd, you've hit the perfect solution! Dems would love the tax part, while Repubs would dig the people dying part. Allowing people to fail, suffer and/or die without any help or assisstance.Survival of the fittest! Isn't that Darwinism? So the Right DOES believe in Evolution!

      June 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  6. Nathan G.

    Apparently you do, since you took the time to respond. I find the propensity of some people to blast everything they see on sites for not being newsworthy completely mind-boggling. This is not the front page of the news – it is simply a spot on goings on at the White House, and not even specifically political ones, as there is an entire section of the CNN site dedicated to that.

    Here's a suggestion: rather than lambast something because *you* feel it isn't important, how about you pull your head out of the ground for a second and recognize that while something is not necessarily important to you, it might be of interest to someone else. There are millions of people who visit the CNN site and bounce about its various sections each day – your opinion is not the be all and end all, and in the grand scheme of things, is indescribably miniscrule in its unimportance when you show yourself to not only respond hypocritically, but also to completely miss the point.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:45 am |
    • pete

      very, very well said!!!!!

      June 16, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • lelaina pierce

      Thank you! 🙂

      June 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Embroiderista

      Good for you, Nathan.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  7. k

    I think people need to stop being so nosey about what others do, We have turned into a nation of tattlers. When your own house and life are perfect then you can complain about others behavior. Red China comes to mind, or the brown shirts in Germany.

    June 16, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • DanoMcRoo's what big sis wants us to do. Don't you want to be a good little ward of the state?

      June 16, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  8. Jeff

    This is a non story, he has always been a chain smoker and has never lied about. This is way better than sexting people all day and then lying about it.

    June 16, 2011 at 8:16 am |
    • StoopidIzAzStoopidDuz

      Maybe he hasn't lied about smoking, but he sure is full of crap whenever he talks about anything else. And please...don't get in to the third grade mud slinging.... Boehner's smoking is in NO WAY related to the sexting scandle....

      June 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  9. Scott Charles Adams

    Um ... we know that smoker's smoke, right?

    June 16, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  10. What?!

    John K – 'Nough Said!

    June 16, 2011 at 8:27 am |
  11. Alex Apple

    I don't believe that this is the most appropriate thing to do, but it is not news. Instead there should be reporting about the people like the lady I talked to yesterday who for the first time in her life is able to get health care thanks to the affordable care act. She used to always get denied thanks to a preexisting heart condition, but now she is actually able to pay for the drugs that will save her life.

    June 16, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  12. James B

    Thank you for smoking...well, that is if you want CNN to endorse habits that potentially lead to cancer. Ridiculous. We actually have real issues to concern ourselves with including: cost of fuel, loss of jobs, lack of action by congress on the jobs front; mediscare, abortion law roll-backs, anti-union efforts, controversial drug testing in Florida for those receiving benefit, etc. You folks at CNN have all day to enlighten and engage and this is what you think is worth putting up.

    June 16, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • Wake up

      You must have missed the other 3 or 4 hundred stories on cnn in the last 2 weeks..

      June 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  13. Hulk

    Of course he's smoking. This is the guy who handed out checks on the floor of the house from the tobacco industry.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  14. demmie

    who cares? where exactly does the president smoke? we know he does, its just not ever captured and plastered on teh web

    June 16, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Dany

      Aha! You care since you're wondering where Obama smokes. LOL!

      June 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  15. someone

    Huffing and puffing, but not getting anywhere!

    June 16, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  16. Bubba

    I dislike Boner, but he can smoke on my porch if he wants to. John K, this country was in great shape before you made all those Ren and Stimpy cartoons.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:10 am |
    • realitybites

      Exactly, my sentiments. Ex-smoker here who says SFW! Not a Boener fan eiither but, it's legal and so is he. Smoke up Johnny!!! I support you on this. CNN, I'm a fan, can you please stop wasting time and money and let the Gossip rags do this kind of work?

      June 16, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  17. 3crow

    John K, "Obama flying around the world like a rock star"? Are you an idiot?
    American Presidents travel to foreign nations. It's part of the job (something you obviously don't have).
    IF you don't like your crumbling roads and bridges then stop supporting your republican leaders, who decided the rich need a tax break while their incomes increase and the rest of the country suffers. And BTW you can thank Bush for the debt and the wars in case you forgot. Now go back under your rock, rock star!

    June 16, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  18. Bill

    Becky, are you honestly taking money for writing an article like this? (See john K for details).

    June 16, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  19. king

    hey the people took the most successful speaker out of the driving seat in history, because of the talking points and rederics of the repugs and powerful corporate money, and replace her with the biggest dud the speaker position ever had in history. Boner in his sixth months have not created one job bill for the president to sighn, he had pushed consumer confidence to the lowest since the great recession by threating to doom the world markets, and take consumer spending money away having small businesses at a desaray. they only focus is on the budget when the ran on jobs jobs jobs last election, yet they dont realize that growing the country in jobs is the only way to stop the growing budget deficit. where are the freeking jobs bill for the president to sign darn gone it.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • Moon

      Sentences and proper capitalization would also help.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:04 am |
      • king

        hey moon, are you saying only intualective people are allowed to blog on these sights, what happens to the common american who just have common sense and might not be as intualective as you big shots intualectives. i have to live in this country just like you, and every thing that affect you affect us small people too. guest what i will take my none intualective butt and voice my opinion as much as possible if cnn doesnt like my writings well they can do as they please with my blog.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Bubba

      Moon, he's probably typing that on a phone. At least his capslock isn't stuck.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm |

    Who cares........President Obama, and Speaker Boehner are going to strike a big deal on deficits......i can't wait.
    I actually like the Speaker....a little.

    America we will be okay.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  21. T. Griffin

    Boehner doesn't have to worry about healthcare costs because he has great government sponsored healthcare. He is so busy opposing the Affordable Healthcare Reform act but taxpayers will be picking up the tab for any health challenges he may have in the future do to his chain smoking. This man is third in line to the presidency and his image is important. @John K be honest if this was President Obama you'd want this picture on the front page of every newspaper and the lead story on the evening news.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  22. JIM


    June 16, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  23. Jim

    "It's a legal product. I choose to smoke it. Leave me alone."

    June 16, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  24. colleen

    Speaker Boehner is an idiot. Can't stand him. But, have no problem with him smoking, outside. although I find that pretty funny

    June 16, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  25. Bass guitar player

    What strikes me as funny is that if this were a Democrat, nobody would care. It's just another CNN reporter trying to create talking points to smear someone's character. If the White House should be off limits to smoking, then where will your precious Obama smoke? He smokes too. What about Michelle inviting a rapper who stands up to defend cop killers to the White House for a "poetry" party. I agree with the first.comment. instead of flying a pizza chef from Illinois to D.C., taking lavish vacations overseas. Maybe they should worry more about fiscal responsibilities. I'm more worried about these rejects trampling on our constitution than the Speaker enjoying a smoke. I'll have one with him!

    June 16, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      We get it, you are Mike Huckabee and you hate black people. This ain't news. Yawn.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Dany

      Yeah, Bass; that black guy is not supposed to be doing all that, is he? I mean, who does that skinny black dude in the White House thinks he is? The President of the United States or something? LOL! (Please note the sarcasm). Bass is an idiot!

      June 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
      • cindy

        Dany, your a racist? Which klan do you belong to? You have no say so in this country!! Your 1800,s LOL!!!!!

        June 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  26. ALindor

    Boehner is a little inconsiderate in light that the President has been trying to quit he should not have enticed him to fall off the wagon by doing it in front of him.

    Just like you don't offer or do drugs in front of a recovering drug addict. Yes, just like you don't offer or drink alcholic beverages in front of a recovering alcoholic.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  27. John

    Well at lease we know now why John Boehner don't want to rise taxes on the Rich, It because he does want to make more taxes him self. So h fight Is because he doesn't want to pay more. Make you think that may be Paul Ryan Is worth Million him self, since he Plan want to keep the Bush tax cuts In Place. It all about them, not about the American People.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Dan

      What does that have to do with the this CNN posting?, Smoking is not teh end of the world, we have had many great people over the years that have smoked, I don't likethe smell but to each his own.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:33 am |
  28. Stephen

    Seriously. This is not news.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  29. Rod

    Omg people still smoke? Grow up! Maybe Obama and Boehner can not only strike up a budget deal but strike up a smoke together. Actually maybe they need to smoke other things to get this nation back on track. As long as the elected officials that are doing their job I don't care what they do. If this is news our country should just pack up all the intelligent people and move us. Mr Boehner seems like a decent man even passionate and emotional about this great nation, and this a way to villanize him. Maybe if more elected officals got emotional about this great land we'd be better off. We've taken a man sincere and gets emotional over what someone can achieve in this great land and we beat him up for smoking and being emotional, yet we say nothing about the politician who cries after being caught with his pants down in a extra marital affair, same sex extra curricular activities, being a drunk and killing a woman in a lake then filing his own police report the next morning. This is also a democrat posting this but more important an American and maybe instead of talking about his smoking maybe we should be teaching our mindless country that Mr. Boehner is the most important man in Washington D.C. at the moment because he is the man in the middle providing the checks and balances. So being the only opposition in the political top 3 in Washington D.C. I'd probably smoke too, trying to get this Bush Jr economy out of the crapper and back to being the greatest nation in the world. Thank you for you service to our county Mr Speakers Boehner.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  30. rocky

    Forget it. Stop smoking. Do you realize we will pay for his health care when he gets lung cancer. Wake up!!!

    June 16, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • Joe Cannuck

      Yes, you could learn a thing or two about it from us north of the border. It's called "socialized medicine", you know? where people that need help get it? or is it just the smokers that you like to rail about? What about when you stuff your face with salty greasy pork snacks and need to get a sextuple bypass? that's self induced isn't it? or what about granny that likes her sweets a little much and gets diabetes? should she be left to fend for herself? Moron. It's intolerant people like yourself that make the world such a rotten place that it is. No tolerance for anyone anymore. You smoke too much... you're too fat.... your perfume's offensive Geez! Live and let live that's what I say.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  31. Thelookingglass

    Who are you people? The offspring of the walking dead.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  32. not-pure-bred 04

    Why does his smoking at the White House surprise anyone? He has nothing but disdain for this president and this is one more way to show disrespect! His goal is to do whatever he can to minimize the presidents stature – put him in his place. He looks like a schoolyard bully!

    June 16, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  33. NVa NAtive

    Smoking is stupid, no matter who's sucking on the butt – what is worse is selfishly blowing that noxious crap on other people – as Boner is doing in this picture.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • StephanieVA

      If the folks around him were bothered, they could of moved to another part of that big A$$ lawn or gone inside where smoking is banned .... yet they did not..... Hmmmm?

      June 16, 2011 at 10:29 am |
      • NVa NAtive

        Please take a little time to understand things before you blurt (typical though) – unless his cig was six inches long – then he just lit up.
        Where do you come from when you think everyone else should move to accomidate such a selfish display of arrogance & ignorrance as smoking in a crowd??
        Freedom also means freedom from other people's opinions, religion, and of course their addictions too.

        June 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  34. Ed Craft

    Not surprised. And you know, he is clearly an alcoholic, as well. Why do you think he is constantly crying over every little thing. Alcoholics typically exhibit that tendency. Smokes and booze go hand in hand. What a poster child for health care. Oh, and BTW, smoking causes cancer which raises health care costs and we all end up paying for his habits, one way or another. It's time for Boner Boehner to go.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  35. IKE

    Boehner and Obama smoke. Maybe, they should fire up some ganja.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • Rod

      That's what I said too lmao

      June 16, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • yellowdog

      Obama quit. You freepers really need to get your hate straight.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  36. StephanieVA

    It's only fair, it was "breaking front line news" when Obama was caught smoking, however, I didn't think that story was news worthy either. Obama and Boehner can light up together and solve the worlds problems over a cigarette.
    It's a semi-free country, let them smoke 'em up if they want to. Not like Boehner was sexting young girls or hiking the Appalachian trail. It's a legal cigarette for cryin' out loud, not a dubie. Let the man have a puff in peace.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  37. Phil in KC

    I don't care for Boehner's politics, but if he wants to smoke, I don't care. It's a free country.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • Jason

      go Boehner I'm tired of all the smokers in this country being treated like they're subhuman and plus I like our new speaker a vast improvement over pelosi . Mr Boehner all I can say is two more year!s two more years! two more years!

      June 16, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  38. revjonv

    Seriously, and article on a Congressman smoking? What about an article on how much the so"porkulous" bill to have shovel ready jobs really cost. How many "real" jobs did the create. Also, if there was jobs created, how much per job did this cost the American tax payer. It is time to do some real journalism instead trying to take sides.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  39. DJ

    This is News? The White house off limits to smoking? Why are we so desperate to pull on politically correct non-issues; does it stop him from performing his job? Do you know how many presidents smoked, did smoke and are currently smoking in the White House? How did people survive in this country when we were not so PC? Why do you even need a degree to work in today's media? The media absolutely sucks! Gone are the days when media informed, investigated and inquired on serious issues that warranted the constitutional amendment given to the institution. Now we are fed shocking headliners a step above the journalistic quality of the Globe & National Inquirer.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  40. Kenny

    Speaker John Boehner has a bad habit but not an illegal one. He cannot light up inside the White House and I guess it is not against the rules to light up outside. Give the man a break and for the record, I am not a supporter of John Boehner but I am a supporter of his freedom to do as he may choose so long as it is not against the law.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Jimmy Sanborn

      Kenny you say give the man a break, but on the other hand I bet your one of the first to critisize the President and offer him no break.
      I do agree that if it is outside and there are not non smokers around than it should not be offensive, but as you can clearly see there are several people around that will be conduming his second hand smoke.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  41. Jimmy Sanborn

    Not setting a very good example and there are a lot of people around. Of course though Republicans would love to kill or wound their counterparts by second hand smoke. I am a non smoker and a Democrat so my opinion is most likely bias.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  42. kjobinj

    What an awful excuse for an article...and it's front page on CNN's website. I think Becky the intern needs to be held to a little higher standard than this. Doesn't our President smoke too?? WHO CARES if he is smoking. I'm sure he was the only one smoking too wasn't he? I agree with Kenny...not a bit fan of the Speaker but this is not article worthy. Get a life Becky!

    June 16, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Kennedy

      Groan. My kingdom for a reincarnated Cronkite. We found out after he retired that Walter was a huge liberal but for the many years he sat in that chair his friends never knew his politics. Neither Fox or CNN can lay claim to any...ANY journalistic purity. A few years ago people wore WWJD wristbands. Maybe we should ask ourselves...what would Cronkite do. My guess is he would have never endorsed this sort of flatulence when there were real issues to report on. GROAN, again.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  43. Tim

    When the public finds out that Obama is a smoker back when he ran for President, CNN portrayed him as being cool, hip, and in touch with the American People. Now the Republican speaker smokes and CNN portrays him as a disrespectful chain smoker... pathetic.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • elcrabo

      Tim, it wasn't the fact that he smoked that made him cool, hip and popular. It's because he's smart, compassionate and a decent man.

      June 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  44. Gail from Louisiana

    I I guess the only thing wrong with him smoking is if lied and said he quit. Otherwise,no problem here. But then again, Republicans have a habit of boxing themselves in with the lies told by Tea Party wannabe's.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  45. ads98

    Hahaha! He better not be too quick to "repeal Obamacare".....he's going to need it! Smoking is considered a pre-existing condition of many things!

    June 16, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  46. Geoff

    BFD, Becky why don't you try writing about something a little more important than items better left to People magazine.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  47. Darren

    At least he is not showing his penis. Too bad he has that smoking habit. Maybe he is standing next to some democrats to kill them with his second hand smoke. Would this be considered a slow murder suicide?

    June 16, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  48. John

    It is his business and his health. Stop policing every thing. Next you will need to make sure his breath is not tainted!!

    June 16, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  49. lynn

    He could at least have the common courtesy to move away from the rest of the people attending so as to not subject them to his secondhand smoke.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • John

      or they could move a way from him. works both ways.

      June 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  50. Former Rep. - Now Independent

    Say what it is ... an ADDICTION. Just because smoking is not illegal does not mean that it is not a vile, disgusting habit that indicates a weak will and a chemical dependency.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  51. Slag

    CNN thinks this is news......and wonders why their ratings are falling...........really?

    June 16, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  52. Casey

    Obama quit, why can't Boehner? "In these tough economic times" it's really not very fiscally conservative to be throwing cash away on cancer sticks. He'll be fortunate though because he has access to cancer treatment thanks to the health care benefits he has available to him. It's no wonder he didn't care about health care reform until after Obama steamrolled his party; he clearly cares nothing about health.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • linton dawson

      "tough economic times"? Not for Johnny!

      He spent $84,000 last year on greens fees alone!!!

      Yep, 'ole Johnny should smoke as much as he can, eat a ton of red meat and continue drinking like a fish.......oh, and keep crying like a baby!

      June 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  53. Tom

    I agree with John K.. the electronic press of this nation has abdicated its responsibility to research, investigate and, inform the people on the key issues of the day. Boehner smoking and the Weiner distration are examples of the press focusing on non-issues and avoiding their responsibility to do the heavy work needed to keep the important issues of the day on the front burners. Shame on you!

    June 16, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  54. gr

    Hmmm . . . Bohmer sucking butt.
    At least he's not weeping the crocodile tears.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  55. c wheeler

    You know the laws that congress set if they had to be in the people shoes they wouldn't like it itseem like they don't worry about where their next meal or meds coming they have made us poor people don't it a disgrace of american

    June 16, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  56. c wheeler

    White house or congress don't care for american people they just fight ,fuss up there.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  57. CEE

    He and his buddies probably will pass a bill complaing about smoking on white house grounds.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  58. GrogInOhio

    I think Mr. Boehner is an embarrassment to all Ohioans, but he's outdoors. I don't have a problem with him lighting one up. Now can we focus on our people dying and our treasury being wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or how about some action to relieve the 9+% unemployment problems we have? Please?

    June 16, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  59. David

    I say let him smoke. But in a designated area that's not so crowded. I'm a smoker as well, and I'm definitely not going without my cigarettes, but I try not to smoke so close to other people. That's just rude.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  60. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Boehner and the GOP are idiots. Boehner stated that Weiner's texting scandal interfers with job creation. Weiner's name wasn't mention when the GOP extended the Bush era tax cuts claiming that it would create jobs and it hasn't. The GOP are grasping at straws and hoping Americans are stupid enough to believe their B.S.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  61. Cheech

    Looker closer ... it's a filtered joint!!!

    June 16, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  62. Lisa


    June 16, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  63. Blackman in America

    OK...................clearly the media has NOTHING else to report..............what on GODs green earth can anyone do about him smoking? Let him smoke 500 packs a day thats kewl it just means he won't be living very long. WTF?

    June 16, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  64. Tman95

    And why is this news? If Obama farted and the wind changed direction, would it be plastered all over CNN? Would Chris Mathews, from NBC, try to capture and whiff the essence? Sheeesh!

    June 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  65. hih

    Really Becky ..this is what you get paid for...who gives a damn

    June 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  66. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @3Crow, A. Goodwin, Kenny,and ads98; your posts are just a few of the ones I've read that I agree with 100%. Thanks to all of the posters who made mention to the fact that these Ridicoulous OBAMA-Radicals are simply being foolish to expect that the President of the United States should not to do his job. Rock Star? Yes! All presidents travel to other nations to talk to heads of state about diplomatic issues! Why's PRES OBAMA diminished to being a Rock Star? Oh yeah, a black man, so he just might be a STAR!

    June 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  67. dragon8me

    It's fine as long as he's outside. I'm a libral but I don't believe there should be all these bans on smoking outside.

    June 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  68. linton dawson

    SO, I guess the Cons will now forget all the garbage they unloaded on Obama for smoking....ahhhh, just anotehr day in the hypocritical land of republicans......

    BTW, John, where are those jobs you promised? We've not seen any of them, but our view could be clouded by the yachts your campaign donors are sailing around on.....

    June 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  69. Marsha

    Don't care if he smokes or not BUT...I'll bet "regular people" couldn't smoke on the White House Lawn. Only above-the-law/rules, slimy politicians can do what they want. They have rights. Me, I can't even smoke in a pub. Not even if the pub owner is okay with it. Stupid.

    June 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  70. Marsha Peyton

    You Dems are so mean spirited and cruel. Leave him alone...we have more important things to dwell on. How about covering something important?

    June 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm |

    Can any1 enlighten me on the Presidents remarks please? I dont watch much t.v. Also, my ph is a bit limited with the internet. I was on msn mobile but the url was 2 long 2 c the article...*SIIIGHHHH*

    June 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  72. Bridget

    Are you serious!?!? That is NEWS WORTHY!?!? Give me a break!!!!! WAY WAY more important things to be concerned with don't you think?? What a waste of time and reporting!!!

    June 16, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  73. This isn't news

    And this is news because....????? Better story would have been the women who asked the disgraced, soon-to-be resigned Congressman from NY "Would you like a little sauerkraut to go with that little weiner?"

    June 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  74. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Tony, Role Model? I can't believe you had the nerve to suggest that of the President, when you and people of your same condescending mindset of this President have shown quite clearly that you don't agree with anything he's done or tried to do! Why would any of you start puppetizing him on a 'how to spend less money mission', had he started trying to be 'THE ROLE MODEL'? About that past you're not concerned about, just know, many of us won't forget that most of it set the nations' current state in motion.

    June 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Tony

      Liz Carter in Georgia – You can't believe I would suggest that our president should be a role model to the citizens of this country? What's so unbelievable about that? Shouldn't the leader always be the role model to others? Isn't that what the President of the United States is, a leader?

      Also, when was I condescending of President Obama? When did I show that I didn't agree with anything that he's done or trying to do? You need to go back and reread my comments, because it appears you are taking what you wish from them and ignoring what I actually said.

      Sorry if the American tax payers would like him to spend OUR money a bit more carefully when our country is 14+ trillion dollars in debt. If Bush set our current state in motion (which I wouldn't argue), President Obama hasn't done anything to alter that situation. Instead we are now involved in Libya/Yemen, and he didn't bother to ask for Congressional approval to use our military...hence why he is being SUED by a bi-partisan representation from Congress. Yes, both Dems and Reps. Where is this change we were fed non-stop while he was campaigning? Nothing has changed. We are still in Iraq and Afghanistan, involved in even more middle east nations, even further in debt than before, the economy is still wavering, and unemployment is over 9%. I am sorry, but nobody is above criticism.

      June 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
      • Embroiderista

        Hmm. Maybe the reason there has been as much change as there could be is because the right-wingers (not moderate Republicans) have struck down, gutted, filibustered, and thwarted virtually every piece of policy that has come out of the WH? Maybe the reason there has been so little change is because Congressional Republicans, per Mr. Boner, have but one mission – to make this a one-term President. They aren't really interested in governing – they're just working on getting the black guy out of the WH. Maybe if Congressional Republicans would spend a little more time acting like rational public servants instead of hysterical, teary-eyed high school girls, they might actually get around to doing the governing that they were elected to do. This last Congress has throughly convinced me that WE NEED TERM LIMITS FOR CONGRESS.

        June 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
      • Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

        I'm assuming you posted about money wasting during the last administration because, if you did, I don't remember seeing it...........................

        June 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
      • Linda

        If Obama has not spent the money he has, this nation would be in a severe depression. You need to educate yourself about what is happening! Listen to Mitt Romney/ He got his money by putting Americans out of work – he is a multi millionaire who destroyed more American jobs than anyone. He said let Detroit go bankrupt- thank God we had an intelligent President who did everything right to save this nation from a total meltdown. You should thank him rather than blame him ! Stop listening to corporate money and lobbyist lies and research for yourself!

        June 16, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  75. blake

    The Republicans can do far better in the House with someone other than Boehner. Please get a conservative speaker, no more old school moderates.

    June 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  76. lolo

    You Obama haters really need to get your lies straight before you comment on this story. Too me all of you sound childish and ignorant. You are whining and complaining about the President just because you do not like the idea of a black man in the white house. They had video when Bush was in office. I did not here any complaints about his traveling. You idiots are really behind the times. I see why you do not want America to move forward. Please stop listening to Faux News. They are really dumbing you republicans /tea partiers down into a spiral. You have no common sense and you would not past the test.

    June 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • sgoodell07

      LOL, so right you are...Bushy was on vacation (actual vacation, not just out to lunch) for a sum total of 3 years of his eight year presidency.


      June 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  77. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Maybe the smoking helps him control his crying.

    June 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  78. Matt

    Its disgusting and rude to do that one the Lawn amidst all those people.

    June 16, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  79. sgoodell07

    Well, I guess if he is going to partake in drugs I suppose he should be behind the legalization of marijuana right?

    June 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  80. Pacito

    He's got congressional healthcare. Why not have a smoke and hit the tanning beds?

    June 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  81. rosethornne

    Yes, the current sorry crop of elected republicans should smoke at every opportunity. And eat lots of saturated fat. And sugar. And tan a lot. And have lots of preventative x-rays.
    Let's all send them gift certificates for McDonald's and crates of Marlboros.

    June 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  82. The Other Michael in Houston

    First of who cares if bonehead smokes, or the President for that matter. They are grown men who have the right to do what they want. You anti smoking nazi's crack me up. You are quick to critize smokers, while you are jamming doughnuts and fast food down your pie holes. Okay so smokers may die of lung cancer, you will be in the morgue next to them dead from a major myocardial infarct due to cardiovascular disease (uh that would be a heart attack from clogged arteries for you mouth breathers)

    June 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • jbird

      Thank you for someone finally spitting it out...the fat eaters bitching about the smokers; someone's always got something to bitch about other than the habits they have. Perhaps just a look in the mirror for each and every one of us and the world would be a better place. Hell it's crap like people bitching and moaning about others is what causes the stress anyways...whether you choose to smoke, drink, eat, exercise, hell punch the ol lady around if that's your thing I really don't care, just keep your problems out of my world, already have enough just ticking along every day...
      Great post the other michael.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  83. The Other Michael in Houston

    LMAO @ Doyle Wiley, You might be right, I can't recall ever seeing a grown man crying so much. lol

    June 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  84. drogo, the stallion that mounts the world

    Maybe his demise will be accelerated from his smoking habit. We can only hope.

    June 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  85. Matthew

    No it shoudn't be off limits.


    June 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  86. OldieTampaBay

    I think that THE WORST THING CNN has done is to add these 'hate responses' to every article! It is disheartening to see this country filled with so many hate mongers.

    June 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Mary Ann In VA

      You are so right.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  87. johnmenacherjr

    Absolutely disgustingly arrogant, but what can you expect from a godlike republican NO CLASS!

    June 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  88. CaliforniaBC

    BOehNER is a hard drinking, hard smokin' wannabe Rat Pack throwback. Or maybe that's "Brat Pack".

    June 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  89. Dlodiego

    CNN's boy-toy Obummer smokes too. What a network. CNN should change it's name to FAIL.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  90. Kay

    You see, the problem with America these days is that they're so busy reporting silly ish that the real issues go unheard. Good ol' US of A!

    June 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  91. Tubby the Tuba TEXAS

    There goes those family values! Poor role model, but then we Americans don't hold our Congressmen to a higher standard. Just so Repuglican.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  92. David

    Great. We are paying this drunk smoker's heath care.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  93. Joy

    i thought the issue was 2nd hand smoke and not smoking in a public place/event.
    he can smoke if he wants but not at the white house.

    people pls don't miss the point and ramble about unrelated topics.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  94. Ross Livengood

    Who cares? Is this news? We don't need to villify everyone who makes personal choices different from ours.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  95. rhumba

    I think that if I lit up on the White House lawn I'd be asked to extinguish it or leave the grounds.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  96. D Grant

    ATTENTION AMERICA!, if you've come to CNN, HLN, FOX and to a smaller degree MSNBC expecting serious journalism, it's just not here. What counts as news ism't fit for the average teenager to look at. The media here in America is far too often mindless junk, nothing more.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  97. jamison

    I would recommend ALL G.O.P. members light up FREQUENTLY. Maybe that is one way to get rid of them once and for all. All kidding aside, Even though it is highly addictive, smoking is a personal preference, and he is old enough to know the risks. Live the man alone and find something NEWSWORTHY to discuss.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  98. Embroiderista

    It's just another way for this pontificating POS to give the POTUS the bird, metaphorically. My question – WHERE ARE THE JOBS?????

    June 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  99. BobnLA

    The question becomes- is the White house a private residence or a government facility?
    There is no smoking at government facilities but the right to smoke in a private home has yet to be banned.
    However, smoking in a crowd of that size does seem inconsiderate- he could have moved off to the side to light up

    June 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  100. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rather see Boehner have a cig than to start crying for one.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  101. Mark Hudson

    So what! We have bigger problems than this.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  102. Annette

    Who cares? That's what we fight for ... freedom! But that includes ffreedom from religion and freedom of choice too. Maybe his cigs could be his gateway drug to true freedom ... live and let live. Get out of our lungs, our bedrooms, our wombs, our souls.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  103. Olive

    Now that's what I call American Spirit

    June 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  104. Sparky

    He should resign immediately. :-p

    June 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  105. New England Indepenent

    It's Boehner's choice wheather he wants to smoke or not. He should have used a little tact and not done it at a White House event that had cameras everywhere waiting for that "Gotcha" moment. I don't think there should be any smoking at the WH, but if there has to be make them go up to the roof and do it there.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  106. zoundsman

    Smokers are visible targets lately for those who want to feel better by admonishing them. I know an alky who used
    to get on me about the vice. My thought is cirrhosis of the liver or lung cancer -who will go first. The majority of
    smokers want to quit, let 'em do it on their own schedule. Meanwhile take care of your own problems as priority-
    yeah, I know about taxpayer funded hospital care, etc. Go ahead and lecture a soldier who just got back dodging bombs.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  107. PeterD

    America is stupid and dumb. And they follow the adivise of their President and congressman and Senator to ban smoking in private and public places.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  108. K3Citizen

    This man can't take care of himself let alone the country.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  109. ron walker

    most of the replies on here dont even have anything to do with the topic......'SHOULD THE WHITEHOUSE BE OFF LIMITS TO SMOKING'............yes...inside any building......but not outside.........

    June 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  110. Flint Rock

    Where's Smokey the Bear when you need him?

    June 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  111. Sean Russell

    He's outside- who cares if he's smoking. Whether Boehner or any of these other yahoos smoke is irrelevant to me.
    Maybe he'll take a lesson from this. Just as I'm not going to push personal feelings on smoking off on him; he needs to stop pushing his personal religious beliefs off on the rest of us.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  112. Citizen Care

    Mr Boehner seems to have no regards for his peers, fellow congressman and congresswoman. Personally, I could careless about any of them health or well-being – god forbidden if any one of em' got cancer – they are set to be cared for. On "us" –
    that's another story. It's being model after "do what I said, don't do what I do!"

    June 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  113. Val


    June 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  114. martin

    Time for a trip to the Tolerance Museum.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  115. Rich2455

    I strongly dislike this guy but people are out of their minds with this anti smoking stuff. It's a legal product, he was outside and no one was at risk

    June 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  116. Jason

    If they can strike a deal and get the country back into shape, I don't care if he smokes crack in the Oval Office.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  117. rtbrno65

    Geez, who cares?

    June 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  118. Beverly NC

    Boehner is an awful leader and has no class. We need Pelosi back. She knows how to lead, know Congress is there to WORK FOR THE PEOPLE, and got more done in a month than Boehner has gotten done in a year.

    Republicans have done NOTHING for the PEOPLE except take away our rights, pass extremist mutjob laws in the states on abortion, taking away our voter rights, and blaming their state's problems on public servants like firemen, police, and teachers. You don't see Republicans giving up anything – like their 6 figure salary and expensive healthcare and pension plan we taxpayers pay for. HYPOCRITES.

    Now since Republicans have NOTHIING to offer in ideas, solutions, or economically sensilbe answers they are just going to run a HATE AND SLANDER CAMPAIGN AGAINST PREISDEN OBAMA. IT WILL BE ALL LIES AND FULL OF RACISM AND CHARACTERLESS ATTACKS. THAT PROVES REPUBLICANS ARE NOT LEADERS – JUST LIARS.



    June 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Bob B

      Beverly your a hater.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • luwanda

      You are truly a hate filled maggot. Face it: all politicians are useless – even your chief maroon BamBam.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Can you name one law that was passed by Republicans that "take away our rights"?

      June 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
      • NYC REPUB

        The Patriot Act....passed by GOP house and senate signed by Bush......and it's continued under Obama.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
      • Linda

        They are busting unions in at least 6 states- their appointees to the Supreme Court took away our democracy by ruling that corporations and special interests can give politicians unlimited funds. They are oppressing women by taking away the right to choose and are even trying to take away birth control They are giving the wealthy huge tax breaks while trying to take away our rights to quality heath care at and affordable cost while we pay for their health care and their cushy retirements...the list gos on and on. You must watch only Fox News. Do some research. Are you wealthy? Is that why you support their destruction of America as we know it? If you are not wealthy, nothing they have done or will do will help you or your family!

        June 17, 2011 at 12:03 am |
  119. Marcelo - Los Angeles, CA

    I hate smoking and the smell of it. Enough about me. If Boehner felt like lighting up at that moment, so be it. Unless there is a rule against smoking in that location, then what he did is totally OK. If you don't like it, don't smoke. If it bugs you, get over it; if it impacts your life so much, then your priorities are all messed up. Until smoking is banned or made illegal, people (including Boehner) can do whatever they want. Getting off my soap box now...NEXT.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  120. justfun

    Maybe if we could get them to smoke something other than tobacco things could get done up there. You know something like a peace pipe with something other than tobacco.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  121. Bigsky

    So a reporter "caught" him partaking in a legal activity in an area that does not require he abstain from it? Why is this news? If they caught him using a restroom would that be worth a picture and discussion as well?

    June 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  122. David M

    He sparked up a butt???? Oh my gosh. Stop all presses. Call out the Army. He needs to be taken out to a tree and shot!!

    Is this all there is to report today?? What about finding someone doing something good and reporting that? I guess that's not sensational enough. No "scandal" there.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  123. Alex

    Two things:
    1.) He's paying for his cancer sticks using his salary, i.e. taxpayer money. I don't want my taxes going towards cancer sticks!!!
    2.) Who is paying for his "health" care, or maybe we should call it impending expensive cancer care? The taxpayer!

    Take away his funding to buy cancer sticks, and erase any kind of cancer coverage from his taxpayer funded health care plan. I think Planned Parenthood would see this as fair.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  124. Mo

    So Boehner gets to have his future lung and skin cancer treated with the socialized medicine members of congress are entitled to and and that American taxpayers flip the bill for. WHERE IS THE TEABAGGER OUTRAGE!?!

    June 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  125. Jake

    No Problem... smoke'em if you've got'em.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  126. luwanda

    Is CNN really this desperate for a story. I can think of maybe a thousand stories or issues to deal with. Grow up CNN.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  127. greenaxe

    You guys are getting a little desperate for material for reader interaction. I say smoke up if you want to. I personally don't, but cigarettes are one of the last things still made in America!

    June 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  128. Warren

    GOOD! Smoking is known to cause lung cancer. By-the-way this isn't news. Surely there must be something happening to make real news – find it and report it.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  129. 69bb82ce

    Brainless wonder!

    June 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  130. drew sommer

    This is America, he should absolutely be smoking on the south lawn of the white house.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  131. SF




    June 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Linda

      thank you SF
      I can feel your pain is just as bad as mine! What are these people thinking? The Republicans put us in the mess and then collect zillions from corporations to convince us the Obama did it and people believ it! Could you imagine if it were President McCain and VP Palin? Oh Lord help us!

      June 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  132. TC PRINE

    It's time the middle class start to stand together and start to make a difference. If we stand by the millions, we can bring
    big oil/business to its knees in a matter of months. They are nothing without our dollar and its time to show them who it is that put's the dollar in their pocket. The rest of the world is standing and its time we do to. We can do it thru deciding ea. week how and when we spend our next dollar. STAND AND BE HEARD !


    June 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  133. Flint Rock

    Guess he's not "the wiener the world awaited".

    June 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  134. Mark

    There's a lot I don't agree with, or care about, Boehner, but his smoking at the White House is the least of them. If he's bothering someone around him let them complain.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  135. SF



    June 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  136. rf924

    Now this is typical democrats for of their congressmen sends Weiner-grams all across the country and most democrats think that is just fine but a republican fires up a heater at an outdoor event and democrats act like he should be sent to prison.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

      Actually the Democrats began leaning on Weiner to resign immediately! Faux News dosen't report that, so you don't get to hear it, right? Or, your tin foil hat is on too tight. Either way......................................................

      June 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • Joshua Ludd

      Thats funny... weren't there complaints by Republicans about Obama smoking? Putting his feet up on his desk? Not wearing a suit jacket in the oval office? And aren't there two sitting Republicans.. Vitter and Craig... who were involved in sex scandals who Boener hasn't forced or asked to step down? Then, of course, there is John "I only stepped down when it would spare me an investigation into my wrongdoing" Ensign.

      Might not want to complain too much about Democrats having sex scandals or complaining about trivial issues.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • Linda

      How about all of your idiots who actually hire prostitutes , mail and female, and out CIA agents during a time of war, and lie us into war, and work only for the wealthy? Are you wealthy or do you vote against your own best interests? Its called hegemony- when the ruling class convinces the under classes to do what is best for the ruling class regardless of its negative impact on themselves? Think about it! Is your Mom or Grandma on Medicare and SS? Are you? You pay for Boener's health care so when he is sick from cigarettes, you are paying for his enlarged health care needs and for his cushy retirement- who is paying for your retirement and health care? Educate yourself

      June 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  137. CalmDog

    "Oh yeah? What about your guy?" "Oh yeah? Your guy sucks too." "Does not." Damn, lets pretend to be grown up, people. Read these comments, understand that these are all voters, and then wonder about how the nitwits that get elected. I'm tired.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  138. Jon

    Yes, Sen. Boehner is so bad for smoking! Last I checked, Obama admitted to it too. Good job hypocritical liberals.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  139. ROland

    HOW ABOUT WE COMPARE THE AMOUNT OF JOBS CREATED UNDER DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED CONGRESSES. The House has not one Job's Bill that directly puts people back to work. All of their recommendation is to put more money in the hand of people sitting on 2trillion dollars in cash and that if we get them 4 trillion they'll hire. WELL I'M NOT BUYING IT ANYMORE. Cigarette conversation is beneath my intelligence.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  140. leahwi

    Both obama and boehner smoke and it is ignorant and weak. Ban this incredibly detrimental industry, or limit what chemicals they can put in their toxic product at least. And while we are at it, either out law alcohol or legalize mj b/c they are equals.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  141. JennyTX

    Why does Boehner–or anyone for that matter–want to suck dirty air into his lungs and then have a foul personal odor?

    June 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  142. tes37110

    Boehner is such a prick! He probably lit up to keep from slinking off to sext himself to one of his girlfriends!

    June 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  143. JG

    So, what? How is this news? I'm, pretty sure Obama "lights up" too (he admitted this before). The only difference is that he probably does so in the confines of the White House, without the news cameras. CNN, c'mon...start acting like a professional news organization!

    June 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  144. Anthony Weiner

    Smoke 'em while ya got 'em

    June 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  145. JM

    The fact this made any type of new is ridiculous. How is this news? I wasn't aware smoking at the white house was illegal? I don't believe it is. So, the speaker of the house doing something perfectly legal is news worthy now? Hey, guess what, I just drank a glass of wine and i'm over the age of 21, is that news too?

    June 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  146. duke13

    I really think we have more important things to worry about than "Boner" smoking.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  147. budgiegirl

    He is entitled to smoke just like anybody else. That being said, he looks as unclassy as everybody else who smokes does. Personally I think he could have a little taste and smoke where he is not under the glare of cameras. He's still supposed to be a role model for our youth when he is "at his day job".

    June 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  148. Dave

    And this is news because...? Why not publish pictures of Obama smoking? Oh yeah, forgot- he's on the links and you'd need a telephoto lens.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  149. Laurie

    I know it's addictive and I feel for him, but it's a bad example just the same. For gosh sakes, people in NYC and other parts of the country can't even light up anywhere public in town, seems the least could be said for a public event at the White House.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  150. Russ

    Who the hell keeps coming up with these infantile headlines to these stupid non-news stories and then changes the infantile headline an hour later to try to get you to think it's a new story and read it again. Tell me who is this idiot?

    June 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  151. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    I always find it interesting that the three most addictive substances on Earth are legal – alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. Try to ban any of them, and their lobbies will run you over!!! Boehner's timing here was bad – smoking on White House property with a sitting President who has just quit smoking.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  152. Show-Me

    Politicians smoking...who cares...they have long forgotten where they came from and blow smoke anyway. Just wish for the life of me our elected officials in DC (Capitol and White House) would find some political courage to stand up to special interests and do what is right for the heart and soul of our country – the middle class.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm |

    Smoking inside or outside is off limits in my house because that's what i want. To me, this doesn't appear to be appropriate. However, whether it's fine at the White House should be up to the President and the First Lady.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  154. Chas in Iowa

    I personally don't think you should have to be a Senator to light up in public.
    If it is good enough for the elite class, why can't I smoke on public property as well?

    June 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  155. Aeromechanic.

    No republican should be allowed to smoke, period!.

    Just kidding. Who cares? He is an adult who smokes.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  156. Mark from Louisiana

    I wonder if any of the real news organizations will run this non story?

    June 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  157. Mark

    Let him smoke. He'll die quicker.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  158. D-Nice

    Of all the stupid things Boehner has done, this is what the media decides to complain about??? You have to be kidding me. The guy is an adult, and from I gather smoking is still legal so who give a rats behind. Why doesn't the media report on the issues anymore? No wonder so many people are uninformed.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  159. Realist

    Seriously?..............we have way bigger problems than this.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  160. demogal


    June 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  161. Smyrna, TN

    I am a Democrat. I strongly disagree with almost all of Speaker Boehner’s political positions. He has previously publicly acknowledged that he is a smoker and smoking is (currently) legal. Unless he was smoking in a designated non-smoking area of the White House, I really don’t think this is even slightly newsworthy.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  162. BD70

    Ok this has got to be the dumbest article yet.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  163. ja

    i think he is smoking more than just cigarettes, crack or meth

    June 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Coz

      Sorry to correct you but it's Sarah Palin that smokes crack... just listen to her, it's obvious....

      June 16, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  164. MailmanInVegas

    Remember when CNN actually reported news? I think that it was back when MTV actually played music videos.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  165. Rags

    Anybody that still sucks on those cancer sticks should get exactly what they deserve – Cancer, Cancer, Cancer! And they deserve every bit of cancer they get.
    Suffer fool!

    June 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  166. Aaron

    If I'm not mistaken, the man of the house also smokes. I imagine he has the decency to go outside to, say the south lawn, when he needs his nicotine fix. I am confused why anyone would think Boehner smoking on the lawn of the white house is news when the president has surely been doing the same activity for roughly 2.5 years.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  167. Louis

    Don't worry about Johnny-Boy. When he gets lung cancer caused by his addiction, he'll get a million dollars of the best medical treatment possible courtesy of you, the taxpayer.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  168. ficheye

    When we keep being exposed to fluff like this you know something serious is brewing that they don't want us to know about.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  169. Tom Rector

    You're kidding, right? Who the hell cares? President Obama sucks one down every so often as well. Get to the important stuff, like "paper or plastic"?

    June 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  170. ok

    who cares

    June 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  171. Catherine

    Oh for heaven's sake, who cares. Unless you were standing right next to him and didn't want him blowing smoke at you it's not really a problem. Now if he threw the butt on the lawn, it certainly would annoy the cr@p out of me, but that is because it would have been littering.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  172. geg

    its ok the tax payers pay for his health care for life

    June 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  173. Jim

    I can't stop laughing at the irony that those who are trying to villianize smoking and those that smoke are the same ones trying to legalize smoking pot. If you can't relax and light up a cigarette while at a picnic with friends then something has gone terribly wrong.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  174. Spoogerific

    Smoke up Johnny.........the sooner you leave us the better.......

    June 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  175. Ozzie

    I agree who cares.... lots of stress with that job and there are more important things to worry about

    June 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  176. bill

    This isn't news.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  177. TexAnne

    I think it showed a total lack of class. But then, I guess that shouldn't have surprised me.
    How about all the people around him who had to tolerate the disgusting smoke & smell from that cigarette?

    June 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  178. DailyWFT

    Is CNN for real? How is this news? And what's with the headline?

    June 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  179. just so you know

    Those words with the little squiggly lines under them are misspelled. If you right click on them they will give you the correct spelling choice. Click and replace. That is if you really care about how you are perceived.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  180. paul

    Boehner is old school: He drinks hard, smokes hard and does everything he can to make sure the rich get their tax breaks and tax deductions. He is typical old school Republican that thinks if you cut all taxes for the weathly then it will trickle down to those "lesser" middle class workers. He is not setting a good example AND he doesn't care.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • Linda

      He knows it won't and never has trickled down and he doesn't care!

      June 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
  181. ThinkAgain

    What with the smoking, drinking and tanning, Boehner sure is a mess. No wonder he cries all the time!

    And you'd think – given that he'll probably die of cancer or a heart attack – he'd care more about providing hard-working Americans with health coverage that comes even close of what he enjoys and will enjoy the rest of his life, simply because he's a Senator (and a whiny, lazy one at that).

    June 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • Howie76

      He has good health care coverage for his life and you and I as taxpayers get to pay for his bad habits.

      June 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  182. Howie76

    Great! My taxpaying dollar will be paying for this moron's cancer treatment. If he does not get cancer he will get COPD, emphysema and other illness from his nasty habit. He will have coverage for his lifetime but middle class gets nothing.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  183. Trevor

    And this is the top news story on CNN Politics. I am not a big fan of Boener, but give the guy a break. He's smoking a cigarette for pete's sake. Did the earth stand still?

    June 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  184. larry

    The cigarette wasnt lit.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  185. boochnick

    I hope this idiot dies of cancer for all the harm that he has caused this country.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  186. joe

    he trying to compete with Obama thats all but its kinda odd, any one with business of country to talk about? he holding buget hostage over pet projects for republicans bet they got a whole lot in budget.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  187. David

    I'm not a fan of Bohner, nor the Republican party. But who cares if he smokes...I don't. Seriously. We have more important issues to worry about.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  188. Coz

    Who cares? Sarah Palin obviously smokes crack with meth sprinkled on the top but does anyone comment on that???

    June 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  189. nytw

    Based on his comments about Libya , the war powers act, and not supporting our troops he needs to put a towel on his head and move to Tripoli and smoke there.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  190. decade7

    The man smoking on some lawn I don't care about. What I do care about is that I read zero sentences about Obama having been known as to smoking inside the White House. Why wasn't that ever mentioned?

    June 16, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  191. Jackie

    As Republicans tell Americans President Obama should stop smoking, Boehner says kiss where the sun doesn't shine. We see Weiner with adults sex texting each other and that's enough to get him out of office. Senator Vitters hired prostitutes and even using campaign money with cheers of doing a great job. Vitters knows nothing will happen as he continues until he gets caught again. Former Rep. Mark Foley had been molesting kids for years and sex texting minors while he did resign without charges he is looking forward to being re elected and going back to DC.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  192. The Boss

    I kind of like this trend. I think I'm going to go light one up on his front lawn and see how he likes it.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  193. TBone

    Ok Boner, you have done it this time.

    It's not that you smoke on the White House Lawn with a pink tie on that's I find worthy of my comment, it's the other stuff. Let me explain. You see in my book, any Congressman who takes 2 drags of an unlit cigarette and doesn't even notice, or respond appropriately, and who also takes :33 seconds to realize his stick is not lit needs to be called out, as a poser – that is what we called them in so cal in the 70s – frauds, fakes, clowns.

    While this is happening, I can almost 'see' your thoughts, your stern and flip flopping thoughts. They went something like this:

    "Ahhh sh*$^ did anyone see me take a phantom drag? So should I ash an unlit cig that I just took a smokeless drag from? (think here about the tree that fell in the forest but that was not heard....did it make a sound, should I ash), did they catch that – sh*&^ , I did it again, a double phantom drag !!, who's watching?....urggggg this Weiner thing must be contagious – cameras and phones everywhere – are they going to call for MY Blackberry records under the FIA now??, "nervous nervous, need a smoke, need to stop acting...light cig can light... no smoke... is bad.... I need a smoke, bad". Look at how uncomfortable the sturdy lad becomes (standing behind Johnny) upon phantom light / phantom again. You can see him notice the blunder and even his face shows concern. Now watch it again....

    The guy just looks desperate, even when his tongue is doing the Republican flicker on CSPAN. He can't help it. If only the cartoon bubbles could be filled in by us, WE the People, who pay for this clown to perform. Put the cig back in your pocket Johnny .

    I have heard of cuff links, but cuff licks? Also tacky Mr. Speaker.

    I loved the finger point cool-guy gesture ("hey Guy!!!") at :28.

    Seriously Boner, you have lost all respect from me. Simply put sir, if you're just going to 'act' cool, wait till you got it down pat, props and all. Tourist.... And stop gridlocking Congress, we are all in the same canoe and it's not going anywhere – because of YOU and your pink tie(s). Create jobs not laughs. TDH / white buffalo

    June 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  194. Linda

    How about his desire to cut off health care for everybody while we have to pay for his health care and the results of his smoking? When will people tell the truth The Republicans caused the financial crises and now spend millons of their lobbyists money to try to convince America that Obama is at fault for it all. Get real. The Republicans only care for their own wealth and what lobbyists demand as payment for their souls. They support breaks only for the wealthy, health insurance companies,( whose CEO's make 50 million a year) oil companies. etc etc etc – Why can't real people see this? I do not understand how they buy into all the crap from the Tea Party and the right wingers- it has nothing positive for working people , the elderly, or children! The fact is that the Supreme Court destroyed our democracy by ruling the corporations can give as much as they want to influence law makers – it is no longer our free nation but they own all of the means and care nothing for the workers who create the wealth. What a shame that Americans have not used the power of their vote to stop this fascism from our nation. Fascism means when the country is controlled by private corporate and business interests rather than the people – and that is just what the Tea Party and the Republicans want to do – whatever happened to 'by the people and for the people'?

    June 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  195. TnT

    Are you freaking kidding! After 3 weeks of liberals complaining about the focus on non-important "personal" issue of Weiner's weiner, this is one of the "important issues" democrats are worried about?

    June 16, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  196. Greg

    I agree that it is a stupid story who cares that he lights up. The only piece of it that I don't understand is the commenters slamming Obama who apparently has quit but while smoking was raked over the coals by faux news continuously for his habit

    June 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  197. TBone

    Mr. Speaker.

    I stand corrected. I must say though that my Government, as entertaining as it is behaving lately taught me to immediately own up to mistakes. Usually this makes it better for all. So here goes.

    I actually didn't give you credit for the second 'cool-guy point". We checked with the eye in the sky and as it turns out, at :03 there is an Official "cool-guy point" made by you to someone in the arena. It was a flicker (you are fast) but it was there. Full credit given however since the cig was unlit (phantom drag and phantom ash rules in effect) I must alert you that credit for first 'point' is immediately retracted.

    Also, it was noted that perhaps 2nd coolest guy in the circle actually was trying to indicate (with his raising of his shades) that something was seriously wrong with your smoke). He even figure gestures under the nose to show his discomfort with the situation. I was uncomfortable watchin it at home....he must have felt uneasy.

    Ok, that's all. Just wanted to say we caught the first 'cool-guy'. Keep up the great work and maybe when it's all done, we can join you in getting sponsored by Kleenex. ..... you give us all plenty ot weep over. But we don't, we lean forward. Now lead.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  198. Ed

    The White House, and its grounds, deserves a certain respect. By smoking on the White House grounds he shows disrespect for the White House and the President. There are many comments on let focus on the important things, like the economy. You can show respect and still fix the economy. In fact, it is easier to work with if you respect them.

    June 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  199. Mikki

    It's that old GOP double standard – they didn't want the President to smoke but some of them still do so. Of course, they probably get their cigs free from the tobacco growers lobbyists in order to keep from banning smoknig altogether.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  200. Aaron

    He's an old goat, but, if he wants to smoke, let him smoke. No one has complained about the consumption of alcohol on the White House grounds and most members of Congress take contributions/bribes to buy their votes, so stop being hypocrites.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  201. Tim

    I think he should have rolled a fat blunt of America's finest marijuana and lit that shit and blew it in Obama's face he cant do shit sober so maybe some abstract thinking will get this country back on track.


    June 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  202. john leddy

    who gives a f u c k if boehner smokes on the white house lawn or anywhere else.

    June 17, 2011 at 12:17 am |
  203. david mann

    Smoking is the most unintelligent, obnoxious habit humans have ever devised. Black tar heroin and crack cocaine are statistically less destructive to society than nicotine. Half a million people in the United States alone die from diseases related to smoking at an enormous cost to taxpayers. To imagine, with all the evidence we have of the health risks of smoking, that it is a "cool" thing to do puts the "user" [nicotine is a narcotic] at the intellectual level of a 10year old. And to support an industry that is knowingly complicit in the deaths of so many people makes him/her morally corrupt. So in my eyes that makes Boehner a pre-pubescent junkie whose whole body appears to be nicotine stained. weird!!

    June 17, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • TnT

      David Mann, I guess your "intellectual level of a 10year old" applies to Obama as well. With that, I agree 110%

      June 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Barry smokes, is he morally corrupt?

      June 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  204. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I'm sure BOEHNER, nor OBAMA, if he still smokes, are not the first politicians to ever smoke on the WH lawn!This whole issue is a stupid non-issue! To all of you non-smokers of which I'm one, don't try to get all sanctimonious and self-righteous! If one thing doesn't get you, another one will, I PROMISE! My father often said....'NOBODY GET'S OUT OF HERE (LIFE) ALIVE!'

    June 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
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