Was anyone else surprised when they learned that Obama smoked? Now, I will gladly give the man props for quitting.
The fact that he did smoke just seemed odd to me. I couldn’t figure out why at first. I think it seemed so odd because I don’t think of well-to-do, educated people smoking at all.
Since this is the straight dope, I know the logical response to that last statement is “The top ten highest income earning and educated people that I know all smoke like a chimney!!” So, just for the record, here are some Gallop poll results.
Considering that the Obamas are in the far far lower right of that table, it is somewhat surprising. Was anyone else surprised? Maybe it was in contrast to Bush who was somewhat of a health nut.
*And just in case anyone wants to dispute if the Obamas are well-to-do or educated couple: Michelle graduated from Princeton and received her J.D. from Harvard. Barack graduated from Columbia and received his J.D. from Harvard. They made $4.1 and $2.6 million in 2007 and 2008, respectively (the only years I could find).