President-elect Barack Obama has vowed to wife Michelle and the rest of America that he'd stop smoking. Has he kept his promise?
Besides making history as America's first black President, Barack Obama has another challenging obstacle to overcome: Quitting smoking.
Mentioning that the White House is a non-smoking zone (thanks to former First Lady Hillary Clinton, now Obama's nominee for Secretary of State), Brokaw asked Obama, "Have you stopped smoking?"
"I have," Obama replied, smiling. "What I said was that there are times where I have fallen off the wagon."
"Wait a minute," Brokaw interjected, "that means you haven't stopped."
"Fair enough," Obama said. "What I would say is that I have done a terrific job under the circumstances of making myself much healthier. You will not see any violations of these rules in the White House." Obama had initially kicked the habit at wife Michelle's request before he began his presidential campaign, and since has taken steps to improve his health -- the 47-year-old hits the gym and runs three miles daily and occasionally plays basketball. He also chews Nicorette gum when he's not making public appearances. And according to his doctor, Obama's in top heath and fit to serve as President.
Obama has promised to be candid about his health, saying, "In terms of additional records, if there are particular things that people have questions about, then we'd be happy to give that information."
Here's to hoping the father of two can keep that promise!