A Defense of Obama’s Smoking Habit

Christopher Caldwell, of the Financial Times and the Weekly Standard, says that President-elect Obama’s on-again off-again smoking is not a matter of national importance. He calls out the New York Post, the San Jose Mercury-News, and Tom Brokaw for asking questions about it, but the most curious part of the article is the end:

We would do well to remember that moral leadership is not in the constitution. Also that the US has just had eight years of a president who made moral leadership the obsessive focus of his administration. Voters did not seem to like that much, either.

The lesson that Americans should have learned from President Bush is that they don’t want moral leadership?


~ by Gabriel Malor on December 28, 2008.

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