Lip Reader: Smoking Joke Behind Michelle Eye Roll
‘Not true,’ says Boehner spokesman
Report: Boehner’s inauguration smoke joke had first lady’s eyes rolling
By Judy Kurtz – 01/22/13 03:05 PM ET
Having a smoke is no joke to Michelle Obama.
A lip-reader claims Speaker John Boehner’s question about cigarettes at the inaugural luncheon is what triggered an eye roll from the first lady.
Larry Wenig, a lip-reading expert, tells “Inside Edition” that his analysis shows the Ohio Republican asked President Obama if he had a cigarette before the Monday luncheon.
While Obama quit smoking in 2010, Boehner still lights up. Obama has called giving up the habit for good “hard.”
According to Wenig, Boehner was referring to Michelle when he quipped to the commander in chief, “Somebody won’t let you do it.”
A silent video of the exchange shows the first lady then rolling her eyes.
When asked by ITK about the lip-reader’s assertion, Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told The Hill in an email, “That is not true.”
This post has been updated to reflect comment from the Speaker’s office.