June 16th, 2011
08:59 AM ET
12 years ago

Speaker Boehner lights up

(CNN)--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.


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  1. bb

    'Family values' of addiction....right there folks. The same addiction that has cut down thousands of American lives with lung cancer – and your Republican Speaker of the House is setting an example for all of our kids to see that smoking is okay. Republicans, explain to us, what in the heck do you ever really mean by 'family values' because we don't see anything special actually in your party.

    June 16, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Boo-Hoo doesn't do enough, nor care enough at work to be "stressed" about jack squat!
    In any event you'd think with all the freaking crying he does he'd be "stress" free.

    June 16, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Sean

    Yes, it's very stressful blaming Obama for everything while not offering up any solutions of your own.

    June 16, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. The Elephant In The Room

    I hate smoking. HATE it.

    It should not occur in ANY public place. Next.

    June 16, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. John in Atlanta

    I guess when you have a taxpayer funded golden insurance policy you don't have to worry about the cost associated with long term health risks caused by smoking.

    June 16, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    I am a Republican.
    I don't support my party's use of this term, but what many Republicans mean by "family" values is that if one is not gay, did not father or birth a child out of wedlock, and votes Republican, he is better than many other humans, even if he can't read and has no money.
    If he is also a Christian, he has family values cum laude.
    If he is a Roman Catholic priest, he has family values magna cum laude.

    June 16, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. GI Joe

    It's his choice, but he should at least be fined for smoking on government property. The average citizen in this country would get fined or fired for lighting up on government property. Did he take the cigarette butt with him? Or leave it laying there for our tax dollars to clean up even one more of his messes? Did he pull out a bottle and take a swig?

    June 16, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. Sniffit

    So what? People smoke. It was outside. Even if it's gov't property, it shouldn't strike anyone as some huge disasterous scandal or character litmus test. Minor offense. Unbunch the panties, people...stupid freekin country gets a wedgy and distracted over the most meaningless crap. Scrabbling for any excuse for judging others. Thanks, "news" media.

    Granted, if it were me, I'd probably go off to the side and not do it in the midst of everyone, but that's just a matter of being polite. Lambaste the dude for being a total waste of Congressional space, but this? Grow up.

    June 16, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Bob

    His lungs, his stupidity. He'll see how happy he is the day his doctor tells him there's a suspicious spot on his lung. Or maybe he'll live to be 97 like my chain-smoking Great Uncle. But I agree, he should be fined for smoking on government property, even though it was outside.

    June 16, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. NClaw441

    Really? This is what you come up with? I don't care for smoking (it killed my mother at age 43) but you'd think he ought to have the same freedoms as anybody else. Has Obama quit? Has no one in the press tried to catch him lighting up? Apply the same standards to all. Was it illegal for Boehner to light up? Was stress the "cause" for his smoking? Anything at all to back that up? Is this journalism???

    June 16, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm an ex-smoker, so I agree with his lungs, his life,his choice.
    Just don't use the "stress" thing as his excuse.
    On the other hand he might just be sending a "shout out" to his buddies at R J Reynolds:
    "Greetings from the White House South Lawn, Bonehead near the house!!!".

    June 16, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. GI Joe

    The Federal Law (approved by Congress) is NO SMOKING ON ANY GOVERNMENT PROPERTY.

    That's the point. Or is he "special"? And US citizens are not?

    June 16, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. GI Joe

    @Dominican - I like the way you think.

    June 16, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Greg in Arkansas

    Supporting those campaign donations from tobacco PAC's.....
    Great 'role model'......needs to be fined for smoking on govt property

    June 16, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. GI Joe

    Fine him 90% of what the tobacco companies have donated to him over the years. THAT should help with the deficit.

    June 16, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |