Obama Is Generous With His Nicorette Gum

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office to discuss ongoing efforts in the debt limit and deficit reduction talks, Sunday, July 31, 2011. Pictured, from left, are: Phil Schiliro; Assistant to the President and Special Advisor; Senior Advisor David Plouffe; Nancy-Ann DeParle, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy; Bruce Reed, Chief of Staff to the Vice President; Rob Nabors, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs; and Vice President Joe Biden.
Obama and his little helper last summer.Photo: Pete Souza/White House

Speaking last night about his dozen-or-so times interviewing Barack Obama, 60 Minutes reporter Steve Kroft said he and the president have a special bond. "We have this thing where, we’re both, uh, former smokers trying very hard," Kroft explained, as reported by Capital New York. "Um, every time I see him now he gives me a couple of pieces of Nicorette gum, which is fine. If he’s out, then I will give some to him. That’s sort of the running joke." Asked to betray his addiction buddy, Kroft wouldn’t say directly whether the president still sneaks a smoke, but deferred to Reggie Love, who once told Kroft, "Boy you should have been around here yesterday. It was awfully smokey." Still not cool, Steve. Don’t be surprised if that next interview request comes back denied.