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Obama Says He Quit Smoking Because He's Scared of His Wife (Video)

| by Emily Smith

President Barack Obama was unwittingly recorded by a CNN microphone Monday when he admitted to a UN Official that he quit smoking because he is scared of his wife.

Obama had been discussing the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association with U.N. Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai during a summit in New York City when the topic came up.

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Kiai said that he hoped Obama had quit smoking, to which Obama replied that he had not had a cigarette in six years.

Smiling, Obama said: "That's because I'm scared of my wife."

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During an interview with iVillage last year, Michelle Obama said that her daughters had been responsible for their father quitting the habit.

“They are at the age now where you can’t hide,” the First Lady said. “It’s clear.”

Mrs. Obama added that they are open with their girls about sensitive topics and have explained that smoking is unhealthy and addictive.

“We talk about drugs. We talk about sex. We talk about smoking. We talk about it all."

Though Obama quit smoking after winning the presidential election in 2008, he can sometimes be seen chewing nicotine replacement gum around the White House.

Sources: MSN, The Hill