Obama on hot mike: I quit smoking ‘because I’m scared of my wife’

September 23, 2013

President Obama said on an open microphone at the U.N. General Assembly Monday that he quit smoking six years ago "because I'm scared of my wife."

"I hope you quit smoking," he told a fellow attendee, according to audio played Monday by CNN.

After the man said he smokes "sometimes," Obama said he chews Nicorette nicotine gum and that "I haven't had a cigarette in probably six years."

He then jokes: "That' because I'm scared of my wife."

Michelle Obama previously said that Obama quit smoking sometime around 2010.

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Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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