Hey, I don't begrudge the guy for still chewing Nicorette gum some four years after he tried giving up smoking. With all the stress he must deal with, it's surprisingly he hasn't taken to smoking far-stronger stuff.
But what I do think is funny is that the White House hasn't combed every pixel of the photos they publish to their official Flickr account. It doesn't even take a Gizmodo-style enhance to spot the square of Nicorette gum sitting on his desk. Though admittedly I wouldn't recognise Nicorette from a painkiller, but seemingly NYMag can.