Over the weekend, the former president made a stop in Anaheim, California at a rally for Democratic congressional candidates. There, he shared a story about a previous visit to the southern California city that he felt rather “ashamed” of.
“I’m dating myself a little bit here. I’m ashamed to say this, so close your ears, young people, but a few of us were smoking on the gondolas,” Obama told the crowd at the rally, prompting a bit of laughter.
After all, this is California, where cigarettes aren’t the only thing he could have been smoking. “These were cigarettes, people,” Obama quickly clarified.
“There’s these two very large Disneyland police officers and they say, ‘Sir, can you come with us?’ And they escort us out of Disneyland,” he added. “This is a true story, everybody — I was booted from the Magic Kingdom.”
Following the admission from Obama, current Disney CEO Bob Iger took to social media to say that Obama would always be welcomed back — so long as he didn’t break the rules.
“Obama just opened his speech in Anaheim with a story from his college years about getting kicked out of Disneyland for smoking cigarettes on a ride. ‘This is a true story everybody, I was booted from the Magic Kingdom!’ He can always come back, as long as he doesn't smoke,” Iger tweeted.
Former Disney CEO Micheal Eisner also shared his thoughts on Twitter writing, “Just to be clear. I was not CEO Of @Disney when @BarackObama was at @Occidental College and was ‘booted’ out of @Disneyland for smoking a cigarette. Knowing he was going to be President, I wouldn’t do that :)”
Though Obama has worked hard to curb his smoking habit, if he does return to Disneyland and wishes to light up, he’ll be happy to know the park has several designated smoking areas in place.