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Had the revelations about young Barry’s recreational drug habits surfaced four years ago, maybe they wouldn’t have mattered. To be sure, those details wouldn’t have hurt his popularity in stoner cities like Santa Cruz, Berkeley, or San Francisco. But it’s still uncanny that it all went unremarked upon in 2008.
Mollie already highlighted Obama’s old habit of “snagging joints from his buddies’ hands and shouting ‘Intercepted!’ before taking an extra hit,” but BuzzFeed has published the complete User’s Guide to Smoking Pot with Barack Obama based on excerpts from David Maraniss’ new book. I wonder when we’ll see the President interviewed about his activity in the “Choom Gang” (choom is a verb that means “to smoke marijuna”). Specifically, I’d like to hear him tell us about his trendsetting ways:
As a member of the Choom Gang, Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends. The first was called “TA,” short for “total absorption.” To place this in the physical and political context of another young man who would grow up to be president, TA was the antithesis of Bill Clinton’s claim that as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford he smoked dope but never inhaled.
Take a look at the Guide. Maybe it’ll provide inspiration for a conversation to have with your children about drugs.