The steady erosion of freedom

Nick Gillespie’s excellent new video for examines how in the course of a decade smoking bans went from Californian absurdity to national trend:

In related news, Michael Kinsley raises the question of whether Barack Obama has truly quit smoking or not, rightfully concluding (after a bit too much fawning) that’s it’s the president’s business if he hasn’t. But I have to wonder: When Obama feels like lighting up, does he have to step outside? The White House is a public building, after all. It would be fitting to see the most powerful man in the country reduced to huddling beside a doorway like the rest of us common folk, forced out of comfortable surroundings by meddling bureaucrats.


  1. Ben says:

    That’s what Martin Sheen’s character does in the West Wing. When told he’s setting a bad example, he says something like “To whom? Russian spy satelites?”

  2. Mike says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought of Jed Bartlet when I thought of the President smoking.

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