When Washington DC imposed its ban on using tobacco in indoor public spaces, NBC's Pete Williams used the new law to teach a fun history lesson. President Ulysses S Grant used to like to sneak out of the White House for a cigar. He went over the street to the lobby of the Willard Hotel for a smoke, where he ran into petitioners and influence peddlers, thereafter known as "lobbyists." Warned Williams, "powerbrokers must abandon a comforting ritual"--a nice cognac, a great port, a fantastic cigar.
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