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Was President Obama really chewing gum during the memorial service for Joplin's tornado victims?

May 31, 2011 |  6:06 am

Barely returned from his four-nation trip to Europe, President Obama flew to Missouri on the holiday weekend for the memorial service to the victims lost in the area's mammoth storms last week.

Then, in this video clip, after the sermon the television cameras turned to the president sitting in the front row.

And many distracted viewers immediately began wondering, what ....

... in the world was Obama eating or chewing during the memorial service for more than 113 dead?

What do you think?

An outraged Thomas Lifson here speculates that the president might have been chewing Nicorette gum to combat his ongoing struggle with cigarette smoking. Chewing is arguably better than lighting up during the service. And gum-chewing during public meetings fits with this president's more casual attitudes about some things, such as the tradition of wearing a tie and coat in the Oval Office.

Lifson also points out that this is not the first time Obama has been spotted chewing something during public meetings.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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