Over a decade ago I was sent an invitation to a new cigar bar opening in D.C. (Ozio's). The invitation was of Churchill with a cigar. Now they are airbrushing it out of the picture even in a Churchill museum. One of the iconic pictures of Churchill is him standing up at his desk looking cross and bulldogish. That picture was achieved by a cheeky photographer who pulled the cigar right out of Churchill's mouth then photgraphed the reaction. So we know what he would have thought about it.
His wartime comrade in arms and fellow "former naval person" FDR has suffered a similiar fate. At his memorial he is shrunken, in a wheelchair with no cigarette and cigarette holder that are now solely identified with him and Cruella Deville. His quotes are all wimpy modern Democrat too.
Let's be clear. World War II was fought to a succesful conclusion by two men who drank and smoked. It was lost by the tea totalling, cigarette hating Adolf Hitler, excercise nut and non-smoker Mussolini and the eastern diet crazed Hirohito.(to be fair Tojo was a chain smoker). Heck, even Stalin had a pipe.
I do not advocate smoking (for small children and the like) but the urge to expunge it from all view has reached alarming proportions. I forsee a future of Mayor Bloombergs airbrushing the cheeseburgers out of photos of Bill Clinton.
This has got to stop.