Leave it to the U.K.’s Guardian to point out what American papers edit out:
Barack Obama is still struggling to kick smoking, according to his first medical examination since becoming president.
Obama is sensitive about his cigarette habit and tetchy with reporters who raise it. But after his 90-minute medical at the Navy hospital outside Washington yesterday morning, his doctors confirmed he had not yet managed to conquer the habit and suggested he “continue smoking cessation efforts”.
The doctors said the president used medication to try to ease the pangs, they described it as “nicotine replacement therapy, self-use”.
His health was described as excellent and he does not have to return for another medical until 2012. Obama, who is 48, has 20-20 vision, weighs 179 llbs in his shoes and clothes, and requires little medication. Apart from the nicotine replacement, he uses a non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication associated with physical activity: he regularly plays basketball at the White House.
The doctors also recommended “moderation of alcohol intake”.
Okay, let me put on my Nurse’s hat here for a minute. Your physican doesn’t recommend “moderation of alcohol intake” unless you have an alcohol intake that might be charitably described as “excessive.” One doesn’t recommend “moderation” to a teetotaler, or even to somebody who drinks a glass of wine a week, or even once a month.
You recommend “moderation” to someone who is “immoderate” in their drinking. Yes, yes, yes.
Which begs the question: Just how much is President Drunky chugging down in the White House Saloon?
Hey, how’s that first year working out for you, Barack?
*And if you didn’t get the title reference, go back and watch the scene from Animal House again where Dean Wormer has the Delta House in his office and makes a similar remark to Bluto.