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November 20, 2015

Obama: No Cigs At White House in 5 Years

UNITED STATES - September 23: In this photo made using a teleconverter in-between two crop factors, President Barack Obama addresses a crowd of around 15,000 during a state arrival ceremony for Pope Francis on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, September 23, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Obama says he’s kicked cigarettes. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama has acknowledged enjoying cigarettes at the White House, but says he stopped lighting up there in 2010.

The admission came during a wide-ranging interview with GQ magazine conducted by former ESPN personality and writer Bill Simmons, who asked the president to reveal the number of smokes he’s had at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Full story

July 1, 2015

What a Good White House Pool Report Looks Like

“This is fun,” Caitlyn and Chloe Robinson told veteran White House reporter George E. Condon Jr., as relayed in Condon’s pool report on Wednesday, the first day tourists were able to take pictures (and selfies!) during a tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Condon, a National Journal scribe, former bureau chief for Copley and one-time president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, knows how to be a pooler with panache. Some excerpts from his missive: Full story

July 18, 2014

Obama Goes From Tragedy to Guacamole

Updated 2:17 p.m. | Minutes after giving a somber statement in the briefing room on the Malaysia Airlines disaster and the war in Gaza, Obama was cracking jokes about guacamole and ice cream.

At the Kids’ State Dinner hosted by first lady Michelle Obama, the president talked up daughter Malia’s attempt to control her love for ice cream and his own love for chips and guacamole. Full story

June 9, 2014

Obamas Try to Save the Bees and Butterflies

The White House has taken an interest in saving honey bees, monarch butterflies and other pollinators. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The White House has taken an interest in saving honeybees, monarch butterflies and other pollinators. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Will President Barack Obama save the honeybees and monarch butterflies? He — and First Lady Michelle Obama — apparently want to try.

The White House convened a group of bee and butterfly experts in April for thoughts on saving the creatures critical to the environment — and advocates expect the Obama administration to announce an action plan for pollinators this month, timed to coincide with National Pollinator Week, which begins next Monday.

Michelle Obama has also warned about the impact of shrinking bee and butterfly populations as she planted the first-ever Pollinator Garden this year at the White House.

Marla Spivak of the University of Minnesota, a leading bee researchers who attended the White House summit, told CQ Roll Call she wants more funding for bee research, labeling requirements for urban pesticides and funding for bee corridors along roads and utility lines, among other items.

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