I thought it was interesting to see a piece in today's edition of Huffington Post, on Obama and smoking. Although the article reinforced the same old theme - Obama is a "recovered" smoker, and happy to be so, and will continue to enforce the nation's ban on smoking, within the White House as well - I found it interesting, because members of the press know that Barack does indeed sneak cigarettes. Howe and Strauss, uncanny prophets that they are , predicted a Generation Xer coming to leadership, who would be a smoker, and make such respectable once more. So much for the politically correct health nazis
( yeah, I am a smoker, lol). Believe it or not, this lifiting of the ban on smoking is an important feature of a return to the general consensus, in which the fusiness of the unravelling period gives way to the bolder and freer atmosphere and machismo of the fourth turning era.