Human rights activist Maina Kiai once met US President Barack Obama during a civil society round table at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. And guess what? Maina didn’t leave the meeting without remarkable memories.
The sensational meeting recorded in a film footage shows Obama talking to Maina Kiai. But it’s unclear whether he knew the mic was live as what followed was a confession that has been making rounds on the internet. In the video, Obama was heard asking Maina:
“I hope you quit smoking.”
Maina Kiai answered that he still enjoyed a smoke from time-to-time, and asked Obama if he had been able to quit the habit.
Obama was then heard on microphone explaining that he had stopped smoking after 30 years basically because he is afraid of the First Lady Michelle Obama.
In his words:
“I haven’t had a cigarette in 6 years…that’s because I’m scared of my wife.”
President Obama had confessed to enjoying a cigarette every now and then after he entered the White House in 2008. After kicking out the habit in 2010 he explained that he made the decision to provide a good example to his daughters. The president was recorded during the UN General Assembly held in New York.
But some critics have fired back and said the president told a lie when he said he has not smoked for six years. This is because counting from the time he quit smoking to the time he made the comment, mathematically the result would not be six years.
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Well, this is not the first time the U. S president has confessed to indulging in odd lifestyles that are not expected of a president. During the lunching of his initiative, “My Brothers Keepers”, he told high school boys that he sees himself in the young men who commit heinous crimes against the society and that’s why he decided to help endangered boys in his hometown of Chicago.
According to him:
“I made bad choices. I got high, not always thinking about the harm it could do. I didn’t always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short.”
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Obama has further proven that many times what we perceive as error or failure could turn out being a gift, and the lessons learned from those habits could yield great and worthy outcomes.