Could it be that President Obama’s long accepted claim that he had stopped smoking cigarettes wasn’t entirely accurate?

The Hill reports:

An excerpt:

Then, Joel remembered another tobacco offer from a high-profile politician. According to our tipster, the 65-year-old entertainer said, “I was at the White House recently, and President Obama did the same thing. He said, ‘I’m going out on the North Portico to have a smoke. Do you want to come with me?”

Joel said he replied, “Well, I haven’t smoked in a long time,” but indicated that he ultimately couldn’t turn down a cigarette offer from the president.

ITK checked the official White House visitor records, which show a “William Joel” paid a visit to the executive mansion last December, the same date as the Kennedy Center Honors. Joel was one of last year’s honorees.

Busted?!?

If by “shock” you mean, “we thoughts this all along,” then yes, we’re shocked, too.

Update:

Bill Joel has denied The Hill’s story in an interview with the NY Daily News:

The singer denied claims Obama offered him a puff at the presidential residence, after a report on the so-called smoke summit emerged on Tuesday in The Hill newspaper.

The source reportedly heard Joel recount the tale, eavesdropping on the singer’s conversation at a Washington hotel bar last week.

“The Obama part of the story is completely untrue. Nothing like that ever happened. I think their ‘spy’ had a few too many cocktails at that bar,” Joel said in a statement to the Daily News.

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