Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

lbj smokingthis week the west wing weekly podcast talked about presidental m&m’s that are given away as souvenirs at the white house– then they revealed that before 1988 there used to be white house souvenir cigarettes. yep. here’s the info on wikipedia: “under President Kennedy, guests and members of the press who traveled on Air Force One were given packs of 20 cigarettes in a box marked with the Presidential Seal and the signature of the sitting President, along with a matchbook; it became a tradition that all guests on Air Force One would receive a souvenir of their trip.” the m&m’s replaced cigarettes as the standard gift given to white house visitors and air force one passengers… and the boxes are about the size of a packet of cigarettes.Presidential_M&Ms_(the_parting_gift_from_a_West_Wing_tour)_(6976145616)thanks to addiction inbox and wikipedia for the photos. click here to see a pack of white house cigarettes from the reagan administration.

5 Responses to Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

  1. Lars Fessenton

    I’d walk a mile for one of those. “Smooth, like an M & M should taste.”

  2. I never smoked. I tried one when I was in Buena Vista (I think before I was five) behind Mama’s (that’s grandma in Spanish) house but I wasn’t so brave afterwards. As far as M&M’s, I’m (supposed to be) eating two a day, but once in a while I get a little greedy, and my feet always pay the price. By the way, the yellow in my front (they say) came from the natural flouride in the water in Anapra, but when I was a kid I always felt guilty about that cigarrette (spelling?) when kids made fun of me and told me I smoked.

  3. that story was interesting. I’ll bet Jackie Kennedy didn’t smell so good. seems like everytime I’m around someone who smokes excessively, I smell that cigarette odor.

  4. dad: i didn’t know that you tried smoking
    mom: you’re probably right about jackie.

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