The White House stress isn’t any ordinary affair and if you fail to believe us, ask Barack Obama himself.
Yes, the former US president is coming clean about plenty of things in his latest memoir. From the agonizing White House stress to the ways he chose to deal with them, the man tells it all.
But if readers and critics had to pick one thing that really shocked plenty of people out there today, it would be his smoking addiction. Yes, Obama confirmed how the White House stress had him smoking up to 9 cigarettes in a day. How’s that for extreme?
Here are more details surrounding the developing story that has plenty of readers glued to their screens.
Obama comes clean about the unseen
In his latest and upcoming memoir, Obama has plenty to say.
Above all, he’s giving his readers something worth raving about with a few behind the scenes glimpses from his life.From marriage problems to the agonizing job, readers will get a sheer treat as he tells it all. At the same time, he’s not shying away from his not so great smoking habits too.
If you’re a ran of reading, you’ll instantly fall in love with the fact that the memoir is massive. Yes, it’s around 768 pages long. Titled ‘A Promise Land,’ fans will get their hands on the book as it releases on November 17th. But what does the memoir primarily focus upon?
Think along the lines of everything and anything. It’s not restricted to anything and critics are truly calling it an open book. Seems like the former US president doesn’t have much to hide, after all.
Smoking addiction is real
Mr. Obama says that the White House stress was so real that he would literally smoke around 8 or 9 cigarettes in a day. Sometimes, it could even go up to 10! Moreover, the former president would search for places where he could smoke away peacefully. And that meant discreetly too.
But there was one person who usually caught the ex-president during the deed. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t hide. And it was his daughter Malia that usually tried to keep him on his toes.
At the same time, the president makes efforts at proclaiming how Malia assisted him in quitting. If you think it was an easy job, you need to think again. Certainly, there was one point that the president recalls where Malia frowned at him. She smelled the breath of a cigarette smoker and it wasn’t something she was fond of.
Old habits die hard- White house stress is real
Still, the habit took some time to die down. There were days where he chewed away nicotine gum ‘ceaselessly.’ It did help him curb those crazy cravings.
During Obama’s term as President of the United States, there was a lot of speculation regarding whether his smoking habits died away or not. And that’s because plenty of his followers remembered how he promised his wife, Michelle, that he would do so before he began campaigns for his presidency.
Meanwhile, in the memoir, Obama admits how his smoking habits began during his teen years. And ever since then, he struggled hard to quit.
Even today, after quitting, he explains how he still fights the urge as a former smoker. In 2009, Obama laughed off the joke by explaining how he tends to tip off the bandwagon sometimes. But he’s definitely not where he used to be, which was a daily smoker with 9 cigarettes.
Today, Obama is 95% cured and is still trying hard to stay nicotine-free. But he always explains how the White House stress was beyond him sometimes. Therefore, nicotine appeared as the easy way out.
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