New Book Says Teenage Obama Was a Huge Pot Head -- So Why Won't He Legalize It for the Rest of Us?!

 For someone who supports the prohibition of marijuana, and stands by idly as U.S. prosecutors bust state-sanctioned medical pot dispensaries, Barack Obama appears to have been quite the teenage stoner.  According to the book Barack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss, Obama was deeply involved in weed culture. Lucky for him, though, he never got caught. And so rather than lose federal loans for school or housing, among other terrible punishments, he was able to rip bongs and become President of the United States!

Buzzfeed today listed a great "User's Guide to Smoking Pot with Barack Obama." Here's a sample of what they say smoking pot was like for the President, who apparently blazed mad weeds with his so-called "Choom (a verb meaning "to smoke marijuana") Gang":

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.

Along with TA, Barry popularized the concept of "roof hits": when they were chooming in the car all the windows had to be rolled up so no smoke blew out and went to waste; when the pot was gone, they tilted their heads back and sucked in the last bit of smoke from the ceiling.

When you were with Barry and his pals, if you exhaled precious pakalolo (Hawaiian slang for marijuana, meaning "numbing tobacco") instead of absorbing it fully into your lungs, you were assessed a penalty and your turn was skipped the next time the joint came around. "Wasting good bud smoke was not tolerated," explained one member of the Choom Gang, Tom Topolinski, the Chinese-looking kid with a Polish name who answered to Topo.

Barry also had a knack for interceptions. When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted "Intercepted!," and took an extra hit. No one seemed to mind.

 I don't care that Obama didn't follow proper (pass-to-the-left) marijuana etiquette, but I care that he does not appear to grasp how different his life would be right now, had he been arrested for it. In fact, maybe Obama's next suave "interception!" should be the scores of young, Black men en route to the criminal justice system, all because of that plant he so adored. Sure, it's cool that the President was a pot head. But it's not cool that he refuses to give legalization honest consideration. Obama got lucky -- but what about the rest of us?

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at May 25, 2012, 7:32am

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