Here is a clip from Obama’s most recent press conference in which he confesses to sneaking out and grabbing a smoke and messing up.
The Los Angeles Times reported:
It may not be as big as “read my lips,” but it’s shaping up as a notable broken campaign promise: Barack Obama’s pledge to his wife that he would quit smoking if she let him run for president.
More than two years later, he’s still sneaking cigarettes like a middle-schooler. The model of self-discipline who can zap a fly with the accuracy of a tree frog and sink a three-pointer with Kobe-like grace can’t beat his most public vice.
“I constantly struggle with it. Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes. Am I a daily smoker, a constant smoker? No. I don’t do it in front of my kids, I don’t do it in front of my family, and I would say that I am 95% cured, but there are times where . . . I mess up,” President Obama confessed when asked at his news conference Tuesday if he’s still puffing away.
Here is the video clip or South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford in which he confesses to an extramarital affair:
The questions here: Are both confessions any different? Which vice/sin is more damaging and to whom? And do Republicans and Democrats see both confessions differently or the same?