Smokin’ weed with Barry and the “Choom Gang”

posted at 2:02 pm on May 25, 2012 by Allahpundit

For years we’ve wondered what dark secrets might lurk in The One’s shadowy past. I knew we’d find out one day and I knew it’d be bad, but I never imagined quite how bad.

Apparently, we elected Pauly Shore.

Maraniss portrays the teenage Obama as not just a pot smoker, but a pot-smoking innovator.

“As a member of the Choom Gang,” Maraniss writes, “Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends.”

The first Obama-inspired trend: “Total Absorption” or “TA”.

“TA was the opposite of Bill Clinton’s claim that as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford he smoked dope but never inhaled,” explains Maraniss. Here’s how it worked: If you exhaled prematurely when you were with the Choom Gang, “you were assessed a penalty and your turn was skipped the next time the joint came around.”…

Maraniss also says Obama was known for his “Interceptions”: “When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted ‘Intercepted!,’ and took an extra hit.”

Reason’s Mike Riggs titles his post on this, “Barack Obama punishes people for getting high; it used to be, he punished them for not getting high enough.” Plenty more details at the ABC link above, but for further reading let me recommend instead this instant classic from BuzzFeed illustrating key moments of “Choom Gang” lore with period photos. Here’s my favorite. He didn’t always lead from behind, my friends:

Coming in a close second to “Roof Hits”: “Pumping Stations.” Click over and tell me I’m wrong. And after you’ve done that, if you missed it a few days ago, watch this profane but compelling rant from Penn Jillette on the absurdity of O treating marijuana as a threat worthy of prohibition even though he managed to do okay for himself after using it — a lot, apparently. Exit question: What’s more startling about the “Choom Gang” revelations, the fact that O was so immersed in stoner culture or the fact that he was at one point a seemingly outgoing guy with lots of friends? I thought he was a loner.


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“Mr. Obama has said a lot of unsmart things: there are 57 states; Canada has a president; “Austrian” is a language; America is “20 centuries” old; Arabic is spoken in Afghanistan. He’s called the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) the Maldives, and declared it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to invalidate a law passed by Congress.”

Smoking pot makes bright kids average…

… and average kids not so bright.

It think this explains a lot about Obowma and the constant need for the teleprompter…

Seven Percent Solution on May 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

WTH is happening?? 20 years ago if a VP candidate was to have been found to have even TRIED pot in his youth it would kill his chances on the ticket. Now it’s a badge if honor. If they had been a gay marriage proponent they wouldn’t have had a chance in Hell… now it’s a required position.

You tell me if this country is getting better or worse. When God’s words are discarded and man’s own opinions become fact, we are done. Put that in your Zig Zag and smoke it, Allah.

leftnomore on May 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

This is shocking news. A teenager in the ’8o’s smoked weed? Articles of Impeachment must be drafted.

plewis on May 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Whereas Romney cutting some idiot’s hair in the 60-ies totally disqualifies him from running for public office. Right, Mr. Carney?

Archivarix on May 25, 2012 at 2:46 PM

This is shocking news. A teenager in the ’8o’s smoked weed? Articles of Impeachment must be drafted.
 
plewis on May 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

 
Obama 2012!!!/
 
(Stay in school, kids.)

rogerb on May 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

As my college engineering student son said,
“Unless your grades are exceptional you don’t put your GPA on your resume, unless your grades are really horrible you don’t have them locked down and refuse to reveal them!’

We hired a mirage with no track record other than pitting One American against another,,,,community organizer!

ConcealedKerry on May 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

The voters should consider the fact that if Barry tried to enlist in the military and related all of us drug stories, he’d have been shown the door.
NoDonkey on May 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Not necessarily true when you are talking about the late 70′s and early 80′s. It wasn’t until Reagan came along that the military started cleaning up it’s own act.

CTSherman on May 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

the choom gang are the kids I made fun of while I smoked my weed

Slade73 on May 25, 2012 at 2:50 PM

These days he’d call it a mandate.
crazy_legs on May 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Oh? I thought that is what he called getting together with Larry Sinclair or Reggie Love.

LegendHasIt on May 25, 2012 at 2:52 PM

can you imagine a dude who won’t give his hut brutha enough dough to get outta the hut or his Aunt Zetuni or drunken uncle a hand up and outta the projects, when he is a multi millionare sharing his own weed when he was broke?

Cutting in line to smoke someone elses?
Don’t Bogart the joint dude! NOT COOL!

ConcealedKerry on May 25, 2012 at 2:55 PM

But no, he couldn’t be vetted in 2008, noooooooo…………..

Had to put the country through four years of this sh*t – right on the brink.

Thanks LSM, McCain, white guilted morons, and all the rest of you.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 25, 2012 at 2:55 PM

The voters should consider the fact that if Barry tried to enlist in the military and related all of us drug stories, he’d have been shown the door.
NoDonkey on May 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM
Not necessarily true when you are talking about the late 70′s and early 80′s. It wasn’t until Reagan came along that the military started cleaning up it’s own act.

CTSherman on May 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I’m talking today, with Barry has CIC. `

NoDonkey on May 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

TFGP recently said in Iowa that Romney was presenting a “cow pie of distortion”…

This is some spooky stuff when you think about it.

Bishop on May 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Yeah, I was trying to make a jocular reference to that in the links. Everything Obama says seems to backfire on him these days, so it might be fun to make “cow pies” stick to him. TFGP’s Cow Pie Campaign™. Because He Keeps Stepping In It.

de rigueur on May 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

In East Africa (Kenya included), according to British source AP, UPI, Reuters; they all chew Quat(sp). Not unlike chewing Coca leaves, in S America, where all Indios chew to function at high altitudes. Quat is a prevalent chew in Kenya giving large sense of exalatation and ambitions of empire (Capt Richard Burton).

kenny on May 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

The voters should consider the fact that if Barry tried to enlist in the military and related all of us drug stories, he’d have been shown the door.
 
NoDonkey on May 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM

 
IIRC, he couldn’t become a NC law enforcement officer if he answered the certification questions honestly (ha, yeah, I know).
 
Looks like Orange County, CA would disqualify him, too:
 
http://www.ocso.com/portals/0/competitive/competitiveassessment.html
 
And Arizona per http://www.clarkdale.az.gov/policepage/CLARKDALE%20POLICE%20BROCHURE.pdf:
 

1. The use of marijuana exceeds a total of 20 times or exceeds five times since the age of 21 years; or
2. The use of any dangerous drug or narcotic, other than marijuana, in any combination exceeds a total of five times, or exceeds one time since the age of 21 years.

 
Commander. In. Chief.

rogerb on May 25, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Barry the Bogart…

Reality Checker on May 25, 2012 at 2:58 PM

I was making the point that Republican presidents also have flaws and that this was (yet another) example of right wing hypocrisy.

cjw79 on May 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Don’t give a damn if he smoked weed. I do care that the MSM didn’t report it, but had an orgasm touting Bush’s drinking.

Jake Tapper tweeted that they knew about this in 2007. Why didn’t anyone else?

bluealice on May 25, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Until I see his grades I will consider him a malicious dummy.

No bright person hides grades.

Media, suffocate from consuming his sh*t, literally.

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Somebody is going to find something or somebody is going to break. A janitor? A composite girl/boy friend? Someone who wants their 15 minutes or money? I’ve read more about the details of this guys life in the last month than I have in the last 5 years.

Breitbart lives, indeed.

Portia46 on May 25, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Barry Poco-Loco Obonga grew up in the real world, right? Maui Wowie on a Barf Couch in a tropical paradise–must have been a tough childhood! Let’s send him back there–he needs to find himself!

Why couldn’t this have been revealed in 2008, and save the rest of America from having this clown waste $5 trillion in taxpayer money?

Steve Z on May 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM

“In fact, most members of the Choom Gang were decent students and athletes who went on to successful and productive lawyers, writers and businessmen,” Maraniss writes. One notable exception was Ray, the group’s pot dealer who, known for his ability “to score quality bud,” would years later be killed by a scorned gay lover armed with a ball-peen hammer.

WTF?

cptacek on May 25, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Has Bammie ever been asked if he has a criminal record from when he was a juvenile that has been sealed?

With pols you have to ask very pointed and specific questions.

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM

When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted ‘Intercepted!,’ and took an extra hit.

Dude’s always been a welch. Welching off the public dole, probably never brought a bag of his own, and pinchin’ off others stash.

ted c on May 25, 2012 at 2:06 PM

A welch?

You mean a bogart.

Bogarts are the worst, man.

mintycrys on May 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Bogarts are the worst, man.

mintycrys on May 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Don’t Bogart my Bogart, man

Ugly on May 25, 2012 at 3:04 PM

NoDonkey on May 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I understand, but you were writing in the past tense as if he wouldn’t have gotten in.

CTSherman on May 25, 2012 at 3:04 PM

This adds to my suspicion that he used the ‘foreign student’ dodge to avoid having to write SATs, which would have revealed what a moron he is.

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I’m less bothered (well, not bothered at all) by the revelation that a much younger Barry 0bama smoked weed than I am by all the stuff Barack 0bama said and did after he turned twenty-one.

0bama could have been a straight-edge Bible student in his youth, and that would in no way affect my low opinion of all the harm he has done in just the last four years.

MidniteRambler on May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Why did Obama put his dog on the roof of the car?

To keep it from getting stoned.

Jim Treacher on May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Oh My: Police Accuse Al Sharpton And Wyclef Jean of Laundering Money For Drug Kingpin…

Police suspected singer Wyclef Jean and activist and TV host Reverend Al Sharpton of being involved in laundering drug money, Brooklyn federal court has heard.

Mr Jean allegedly received a $60,000 loan from hip hop manager James Rosamond, who is currently on trial for drug charges, and Mr Sharpton was allegedly given a $10,000 donation by the suspected drug kingpin, according to thesmokinggun.com.

Testifying on Wednesday, Internal Revenue Service agent Marc Van Driessche described how federal investigators also quizzed Mr Rosamond about his relationship with Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs during meetings to try to strike a cooperation agreement.

On October 4, during the first of nine grilling sessions, Mr Rosemond was asked about Mr Combs, also known as Puff Daddy, because ‘we had information through other witnesses that the defendant many have made an admission to Sean Combs,’ Mr Van Driessche said.

http://weaselzippers.us/2012/05/25/oh-my-police-accuse-al-sharpton-and-wyclef-jean-of-laundering-money-for-drug-kingpin/

Zcat on May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Why did Obama put his dog on the roof of the car?

To keep it from getting stoned.

Jim Treacher on May 25, 2012 at 3:05 PM

No one likes raw dog. (language alert)

Ugly on May 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Smoking pot makes bright kids average…

… and average kids not so bright.

It think this explains a lot about Obowma and the constant need for the teleprompter…

Seven Percent Solution on May 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

…for sure I think he’s still smoking it!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Obama probably still smokes up once in a while now.

Who gives shit?

Dave Rywall on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Those who continue to believe this charlatan are stoned.

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Don’t give a damn if he smoked weed. I do care that the MSM didn’t report it, but had an orgasm touting Bush’s drinking.

Jake Tapper tweeted that they knew about this in 2007. Why didn’t anyone else?

bluealice on May 25, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I’ve read more about the details of this guys life in the last month than I have in the last 5 years.

Breitbart lives, indeed.

Portia46 on May 25, 2012 at 3:01 PM

This, after all, is the real point of these stories. Romney won’t run the “who is this guy?” campaign against Obama that McCain and the press should have in 2008. But others can. The press must be defeated as much as the incumbent.

de rigueur on May 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Obama probably still smokes up once in a while now.

Who gives shit?

Dave Rywall on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The millions who are negatively affected by him.

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Obama probably still smokes up once in a while now.

Who gives shit?

Dave Rywall on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Uh huh… defend those gates.

Ugly on May 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Who gives shit?

Dave Rywall on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Hey. people in SE Asia smoke that, too. And eat dog.

de rigueur on May 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Energy prices aren’t the only things that “necessarily skyrocket” when Obama is around.

TedInATL on May 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Obama probably still smokes up once in a while now.

Who gives shit?

Dave Rywall on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Would a nuclear warhead have anything to do with it? Anyway, Val Jerritt will make the decision, as usual.

kenny on May 25, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Obama probably still smokes up once in a while now.

Who gives shit?

Dave Rywall on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Try to relax.

Jim Treacher on May 25, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Well this sews up the Libertarian vote for Obooba.

Akzed on May 25, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Obama probably still smokes up once in a while now. Who gives shit? Dave Rywall on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Yeah, who cares if the prez is in couchlock mode with his headphones on when the phone rings at 10:30 PM?

Akzed on May 25, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Would a nuclear warhead have anything to do with it?

kenny on May 25, 2012 at 3:14 PM

“Dude! Did ya see the Big Shlook I launched?”

de rigueur on May 25, 2012 at 3:19 PM

The Choom Gang? Why have I not heard anything about this until now?

changer1701 on May 25, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Mainly because the MSM didn’t want you to know.

In Barry’s Punahou yearbook, he thanks the Choom Gang for all the good times. It wasn’t a secret — just another part of Barry’s biography that didn’t fit the hagiography the MSM constructed for him.

AZCoyote on May 25, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Pass the Dutchie to the left hand side……

portlandon on May 25, 2012 at 3:20 PM

That’s just great. We’ve promoted Leo from the Foto Hut to the White House.

kbTexan on May 25, 2012 at 3:24 PM

WTH is happening?? 20 years ago if a VP candidate was to have been found to have even TRIED pot in his youth it would kill his chances on the ticket. Now it’s a badge if honor. If they had been a gay marriage proponent they wouldn’t have had a chance in Hell… now it’s a required position.

You tell me if this country is getting better or worse. When God’s words are discarded and man’s own opinions become fact, we are done. Put that in your Zig Zag and smoke it, Allah.

leftnomore on May 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

The 60′s happened and we’re still suffering the consequences.

GeorgieGirl9 on May 25, 2012 at 3:24 PM

zer0 is one seedy dude. He would be right at home with Cheech and Chong (who at least were funny on occasion).

MisterElephant on May 25, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Dave Rywall on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Another no-class punk doper marxist heard from.

Hey, do they smoke dope in Parlaiment?

LegendHasIt on May 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

He’s a bogart too? Just when I thought his character could get any worse.

Buttercup on May 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

DON’T BLAME THE WEED!

OVERGROW THE GOVERNMENT!

Ben Hur on May 25, 2012 at 3:28 PM

The sixties were fun, but some folks (Pelosi) stayed there.

kenny on May 25, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Fasinating!

Who would believebelieve that Barak Obama had an original thought in his entire lifetime? …

WhatNot on May 25, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Why couldn’t this have been revealed in 2008, and save the rest of America from having this clown waste $5 trillion in taxpayer money?

Steve Z on May 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I’d have preferred McCain, but he’s also a big spender, just not as bad as Obama. Under McCain, maybe the new debt would’ve been 3 trillion instead of 5. Maybe it would’ve been better spent, then again maybe not. Our nation’s problems go much, much deeper than Obama. Getting rid of him is only the start of what needs to be done.

Gladtobehere on May 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

I thought he was a loner.

A friend with weed is a friend indeed

myiq2xu on May 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Gladtobehere on May 25, 2012 at 3:29 PM

One tumor at a time…while watching the rightie ones closely.

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 3:31 PM

A friend with weed is a friend indeed

myiq2xu on May 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM

A friend in deed?

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM

@Dave Rywall: I’d hope the President of the United States isn’t a casual scofflaw, as it’s his job to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed.

Seth Halpern on May 25, 2012 at 3:32 PM

smoking some weed..yawn

bogarting the doobie…not cool

hipocritical anti-pot stance as an adult…what a dick

DrW on May 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

McCain should retire. Sedona is a dynamite town. Leave with grace Sir,and check your once ballocks out of the Congressional Cloak Room.

kenny on May 25, 2012 at 3:38 PM

So ,We have a lieing,gay,Crackhead usurper in the peoples house.. hmm.. Now what are we going to do about it ?

Capt-Dax on May 25, 2012 at 3:39 PM

The legacy media has known about all this and probably much more for some time…this may not be helpful so they choose not to report it.

d1carter on May 25, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Aw, that’s cute, Obama thinks he was in a gang. F sake, Elizabeth Warren is blacker than this h*mo

WhatSlushfund on May 25, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Dave Rywall on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

___________________________________________

It’s OK, take a deep breath (a toke even!) – it’ll all be over for you & your ilk on November 6th.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Smoking pot makes bright kids average…

… and average kids not so bright.

It think this explains a lot about Obowma and the constant need for the teleprompter…

Seven Percent Solution on May 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Yep; explains too his laziness and his 90-second attention span.

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM

ScCain should retire. Sedona is a dynamite town. Leave with grace Sir,and check your once ballocks out of the Congressional Cloak Room.

kenny on May 25, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Sorry, wrong thread. Still stands though.

kenny on May 25, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Don’t go harshing Obama’s mellow… but he doesn’t mind harshing yours and taking some of yours while he’s at it too.

Logus on May 25, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Jake Tapper tweeted that they knew about this in 2007. Why didn’t anyone else?

bluealice on May 25, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Tapper’s a hack like the rest of them. He just finds those nuts occasionally.

#thingswealreadyknew

kim roy on May 25, 2012 at 3:47 PM

It’ll be interesting to see what “magically” comes out about this poseur once he’s tossed out of office this November. I just hope for the country’s sake this guy really was born in Hawaii.

The media needs to pay for this – long term. It’s already started.

Breitbart, from way downtown – from the grave ! – swish!!

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 25, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Obama probably still smokes up once in a while now.

Who gives shit?

Dave Rywall on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I wonder if Stephen Harper, CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY prime minister of Canada does or not.

Hee hee hee

kim roy on May 25, 2012 at 3:48 PM

smoking some weed..yawn

bogarting the doobie…not cool

hipocritical anti-pot stance as an adult…what a dick

DrW on May 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

What gets me the most is his attitude about his time having done drugs. It amounts to “Meh”. This is what makes him all the more a hypocrite.

It’s one thing to have done drugs, stopped, felt shame, remorse, etc. and to now have a different opinion of them. It’s something else to have once done drugs, stopped, not felt shame, etc. but determine that current drugs laws should stand, be enforced, increased, and so on.

And I say this as someone who for a few years did pot sporadically and look back at that time and that engagement with disgust and shame.

Logus on May 25, 2012 at 3:49 PM

@kenny: Hey man, no problem. Pretty colors, man. :æ

Seth Halpern on May 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM

@kenny: Hey man, no problem. Pretty colors, man. :æ

Seth Halpern on May 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Good to hear

kenny on May 25, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I’ll be honest, the partying in college, the BB, the golf, Mick Jagger playing in the White House – that’s what I like about 0bama. It’s the scowling,lecturing, nanny-state, moneygrabbing buzzkill that is the problem.

Lou Budvis on May 25, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Obama 2012!!!/

(Stay in school, kids.)

rogerb on May 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

They’re going to have to stay in school since there are no jobs, sadly. :-(

Punchenko on May 25, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Can’t imagine how much weed and stuff gets on board of Air Force 1.

All of Obama’s buddies in his entourage.
Secret Service, that look the other way, ‘cuz they’re tainted as well, from the broads on the road.

I’m crazy mad at the media for hiding all this, and getting madder the more I learn about it.

165 days till Election Day.

Typicalwhitewoman on May 25, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Well that explains Barry’s short attention span. Unless, of course, the topic of discussion is Barry.

GarandFan on May 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Who knew that President Spock was so much fun to hang out with in high school? I wish a little more of the Choom Gang attitude had made it to the Oval Office — he’d be more effective if he was less uptight. Maybe my kid can score him some weed before the next press conference.

I always laugh at people who look back at their youthful bouts of pot-smoking, whisky-drinking and sport-f’ing with shame and remorse. People spend about 50 years working hard and paying the mortgage. A little wildness is your birthright. Plus, you get better stories to tell at parties.

urban elitist on May 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I’d rather he be sober, but better mildly buzzed than drunk.

gbear on May 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

My anger is not toward Obama on this. It’s toward the press for either suppressing this story, or not bothering to find out about it.

The Rogue Tomato on May 25, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Plus, you get better stories to tell at parties.

urban elitist on May 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Shouldn’t those stories get told BEFORE the election, so the American people can decide if they want to vote for a pot/coke head?

You know, being “pro-choice” and all?

Rebar on May 25, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Obama’s Old Drug Dealer Killed: Smacked With a Ball-peen Hammer by Jilted Homo Lover.

You would think that these homos would build up a tolerance to being repeatedly whopped in the face with a blunt object.

“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,” writes Maraniss, author of a biography of the 42 nd president.

“When you were with Barry and his pals, if you exhaled precious pakalolo (Hawaiian slang from 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.”

Obama also made popular a pot-smoking practice that the future president and his pals called “roof hits.” When they smoked in the car, they rolled up the windows, and “when the pot was gone, they tilted their heads back and sucked in the last bit of smoke from the ceiling,” Maraniss writes.

Sure, they drove around in a VW bus nicknamed the “Choomwagon.” And their dealer was a “freakin’ scary” guy named Ray who met a grisly end. “Many years later they learned that he had been killed with a ball-peen hammer by a scorned gay lover.” (On his yearbook page, Obama says “Thanks Tut, Gramps, Choom Gang, and Ray for all the good times.”)

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Capt-Dax on May 25, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Who didn’t know that Obama smoked pot in high school? Bush was an admitted pot smoker and probably did a few lines of coke, as well, but we were never treated to detailed stories of his dope-fueled frat parties and gold chained New Haven mobbed-up coke dealers. Or, for that matter, his binge drinking, subsequent vomiting and crippling hangovers when he was alledly running an oil company.

None of this is new or important. This never vetted thing is, of course BS.

urban elitist on May 25, 2012 at 4:25 PM

One thing on which I am in agreement with Obama:

If you can’t hold your smoke, you don’t get to toke.

MadisonConservative on May 25, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Obama was a bogart!

OxyCon on May 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Obama probably still smokes up once in a while now.

Dave Rywall on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I hope he does. It’d be better for him than the booze and cigs.

MadisonConservative on May 25, 2012 at 4:29 PM

This is shocking news. A teenager in the ’8o’s smoked weed? Articles of Impeachment must be drafted.

plewis on May 25, 2012 at 2:42 PM

It’s not shocking news that a teenager in the 80″s smoked week. It is shocking news that this teenager is now the president of the USA. Get the difference?

silvernana on May 25, 2012 at 4:29 PM

“Mr. Obama has said a lot of unsmart things: there are 57 states; Canada has a president; “Austrian” is a language; America is “20 centuries” old; Arabic is spoken in Afghanistan. He’s called the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) the Maldives, and declared it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to invalidate a law passed by Congress.”

“Otto West: Don’t call me stupid.
Wanda: Oh, right! To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people! I’ve known sheep that could outwit you. I’ve worn dresses with higher IQs. But you think you’re an intellectual, don’t you, ape?
Otto West: Apes don’t read philosophy.
Wanda: Yes they do, Otto. They just don’t understand it. Now let me correct you on a couple of things, OK? Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not “Every man for himself.” And the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked them up.”

“and that’s all i have to say about that!”

Dr. Demento on May 25, 2012 at 4:30 PM

“Personally, I know of at least three Choom Gangs.” – WH spokesidiot Jay Carney

Common Sense Floridian on May 25, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Obama probably still smokes up once in a while now.

Who gives shit?

Dave Rywall on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

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So that’s why he had to ‘sleep on it’ when it came time to pull the trigger on Osama… Couldn’t have the ‘Stoner in Chief’ in the photo-op with his eyes all glassy and rollin around… or with a dopey grin on his face from laughing at cool new Kill Osama video game they were playin…
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Splains a lot really…
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RalphyBoy on May 25, 2012 at 4:48 PM

A lot of people won’t care about this, they’ll think he’s even more cool because he was part of this gang, it shows he was hip and in touch with his peers. What they won’t realize is that this is more evidence of what an arrogant and blatant hypocrite he is. Not to mention a poseur and a fraud. I think his face is starting to crack.

scalleywag on May 25, 2012 at 4:50 PM

So Bari was a double toking Bogart……I always hated those ppl……., I had to quit at 18 years old…… TO GET A JOB……..Apparently Bari didn’t ever have to get a JOB…….

angrymike on May 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM

angrymike on May 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Yea, even then apparently it was all about him. What a moocher. He probably hot boxed it before passing it on hahah.

scalleywag on May 25, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I don’t give a rip about a “littl dope smoking”. I do however care that a constantly stoned idiot who qualifies for the moniker “pot-head” is now president! I have never done “blow” nor would I. I find the casualness with which this has been reported or barely reported to be sickening and extremely hypocritical. And anyone going on about Bush did it, again, is full of crap. They tried to hang him out for his drinking. Saying he had a serious problem b/c he had a DUI, blah, blah, blah. Obama clearly had a major drug problem, but liberals think that just makes him cool. What a bunch of retards. You can have your cool, drug-addict president. I do not care for felons, whether they were caught or not. He is one.

JAM on May 25, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Obama probably still smokes up once in a while now.

Who gives shit?

Dave Rywall on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Probably with the secret service guys.

scalleywag on May 25, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Who gives shit?

Dave Rywall on May 25, 2012 at 3:10 PM

…I think Dave Dryrot is smokin’ shit right now!

KOOLAID2 on May 25, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Obama Twice Mistakenly Mentions ‘My Sons,’ While Defending Contraception Mandate

He’s still stoned.

The Rogue Tomato on May 25, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Loooool :)…the ‘sons’ freudian slip is bit weird… Wonder what he’s been repressing….

jimver on May 25, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I don’t really care that he smoked up a storm back then, either. LOTS of folks did that. What I care about is that he’s a phony and a hypocrite. Even the HUFFPO can see that.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-morgan/obama-must-explain-his-br_b_1020910.html

scalleywag on May 25, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Obama Twice Mistakenly Mentions ‘My Sons,’ While Defending Contraception Mandate

He’s still stoned.

The Rogue Tomato on May 25, 2012 at 4:37 PM

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Smartest doper ever!
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RalphyBoy on May 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM

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