Book Claims Obama Smoked Pot Frequently

President Obama Smoked Marijuana Frequently
President Obama Smoked Marijuana Frequently

Barack Obama inhaled. Frequently, happily and allegedly quite greedily. Various websites published excerpts on Friday from an upcoming book on the U.S. president containing fresh details about his enthusiasm for marijuana as a young man, adding a bit of levity to a close and increasingly nasty presidential race. “Barry also had a knack for interceptions,” according to just one anecdote in David Maraniss’s “Barack Obama: The Story,” slated for release in mid-June.

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

When he attended Punahoa prep school in Honolulu in the ’70s, Obama was also at the forefront of ensuring he and his high school pals — known as the Choom Gang, with choom a Hawaiian slang verb for smoking weed — got the most bang for their buck.

“Barry popularized the concept of ‘roof hits,’” Maraniss writes.

“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.”

The revelations were met with glee in the Twitterverse and beyond.

Buzzfeed entitled its post on the revelations “A User’s Guide to Smoking Pot with Barack Obama,” while a Twitter wag joked that the Republicans now had potential ammunition in hand.

“If GOP was pro-pot legalization, they could run against President ‘Bogart’ Obama; it’s a real character issue,” tweeted Michael Roston, the home page producer at the New York Times’ website.

Bogarting is a term that means hogging joints.

In a country where increasing numbers of Americans think weed should be legalized, few believe the revelations will hurt Obama just six months before the presidential election, even though it’s doubtful Mitt Romney, the buttoned-down Republican front-runner, has ever taken a bong hit.

“I don’t think these stories are going to move anyone on this issue, one way or another,” Ethan Nadelmann, the executive director of the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance, said in an interview Friday.

“Part of what made him appealing to young people four years ago was his frankness on marijuana, and his joking around when asked if he inhaled by saying: ‘Wasn’t that the point?’ It made him seem a bit more hip, someone young Americans could connect to.”

A Rasmussen poll released earlier this week found that 56 per cent of Americans believe it’s time to decriminalize pot and regulate it like alcohol and cigarettes. A poll by Gallup last fall suggested a similar trend, with Americans favouring legalization far out-numbering those opposed.

“The Rasmussen poll was a stunning result; it was definitely encouraging,” said Nadelmann.

That’s why Obama’s lack of action in terms of legalizing marijuana has been such a disappointment, he added.

The Obama administration has launched a multi-agency crackdown on cannabis that has included more than 100 raids, mostly on California medical marijuana dispensaries, despite the fact that many of them were operating in full compliance with state laws.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Obama denied his administration’s actions were at odds with his position when running for president, when he vowed not to use Justice Department resources to circumvent state laws on medical marijuana.

“What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana,” Obama told Rolling Stone.

“I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana — and the reason is, because it’s against federal law …. I can’t nullify congressional law.”

Nadelmann called those remarks “lame and disingenuous.”

“He has been either silent or problematic on marijuana,” he added. “And when you see the polls, whatever political calculation he’s making is either naive or unprincipled.”

Unlike Bill Clinton, who admitted to smoking weed while running for president but famously denied inhaling, Obama has always been open about the fact that he toked in high school and college.

He even wrote about smoking pot in his memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” but didn’t go into the type of detail alleged in the Maraniss book.

A choice excerpt details the penalties meted out by the Choom Gang by anyone who exhaled too soon.

“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,” Maraniss writes.

“Wasting good bud smoke was not tolerated,” explained one member of the Choom Gang.

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  1. The war on drugs was never Constitutionally amended, unlike alcohol prohibition. Successive presidential administrations have, by executive fiat, upheld this forty year old war on one’s person. Obama, true to the collectivist liberal cant, has called for drug use to be seen as a public health issue. All the better for a police state and drones.

  2. there is room on Mount Rushmore for the Man that brings this catastrophic “WAR” on People to an end. Marijuana will never seace to exist.

  3. I’m not holding my breath for any elected public servant to do anything for the people unless it benifits themselves. Obama is just another socialist tool for the marxist left. The feds become irrelevant by next year when the federal reserve act reaches 100 years. How much does anyone wanna bet. Obama or Romney will just push the bill through without a vote like Woodrow Wilson did 100 years ago.

  4. Is it me or is shit just getting more and more confusing these days, if this story is true, “Barry” would have already changed the world? Why is a man that “coined” marijuana phrases, still allowing a war on drugs?

  5. Mind you so did G wubya Bush , and he took loads of nose candy so they say , even in the white house !!! Good on barak Obama , he wont be able to change the law though. More politicos should ” come out ” . David Cameron more or less has in UK.

  6. He’s driving this country in to the GROUND, He’s a bold faced layer before our nation.

  7. That doesn’t mean that he will push for legalization.  Obama’s just a puppet like all the rest of the politicians!  Liars!

  8. I think Mr. Obama should try medicating in real time as needed to sit back, FOCUS, and think his decisions and commentary through more intensely before turning them into national policies and, above all, admit he has a past- most of us learn from our past experiences, don’t we?  Mr. Obama, over anyone else out there running in 2012, should realize the bad publicity and false information provided to us by the government in past administations is just that, get on with all the NEW, POSITIVE, FACTFUL information that has been discovered about Marijuana and FOCUS more on how a legal, regulated Marijuana and the Industrial Hemp industry may just put our economy right back on its feet.  I would venture to guess that the majority of people who use Marijuana today, legally or illegally, would not change significantly after legalization.  It would just mean that we are not criminals anymore.  And by the way, we never WERE criminals.  We were made into pseudo-criminals by administration after administration of hypocrites.  Mr. Obama- we are NOT criminals- we are your brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, moms and dads.  Think about it


    people think that marijuana is just a drug,well it’s not just an ordinary drug
    for many people rely on it to alleviate the symptoms of their illness.So medicinal marijuana should be legalized.

  10. Young people in california actually need to show up and vote this year,last time the poll was nearly 50/50. If all young people who appreciated mmj had voted it would be legal..the time for change is NOW

  11. I hope very soon that marijuana becomes legal in missouri. I have major anxiety,I’ve had a total knee replacement 2yrs ago that is still very painful,neck surgery and went through a lot of painful stuff in my life and marijuana is the 1 drug I can be “addicted ” to that won’t do the damage that other drugs do and it helps me relax and not concentrate soley on my pain all day.I’ve smoked for 25 yrs legal or not ,it would just be nice not to have to “sneak” around anymore.

  12. Obama was (and remains) untruthful in regards to his promise to put an end to the war on marijuana. For that reason alone I will never vote for this man again. I will cast my vote for a truthful man, namely Ron Paul. Dr. Paul never smoked, but he understands the keeping marijuana illegal is immoral. Hemp is a resource that should be utilized in this country (as it is in most advanced nations) as other beneficial resources are utilized. Maintaining the farce of marijuana as a Schedule 1 Drug exposes the President’s cynicism. Yes, HE smokes pot, but WE may not without risk of federal prosecution! He will never have my vote again! Send him back to Chicago!

  13. Mitt Romney may not be mr. Cool for getting high when he was young, but he and Ryan have been staunch supporters of states rights. Which at this point is really the crux of issue. Feds vs state. Mmj is just one issue under that umbrella. But seriously, we’r screwed no matter what. I’m certainly not going to endorse or argue for either of those guys.

  14. The guy is simply a punching bag for America. All presidents are.
    If something goes wrong in this country, Americans point the finger at the President stating that is its always his fault and that he could have done something to prevent this, etc. We all think that the President of the United States has some sort of power to do whatever he wants with the country. This is far from the truth. He cannot do anything to change the obviously misconstrued laws that we have against the general public self medicating. But at least he is man enough to admit that he too enjoyed the flowers of this amazing plant (yes bud is a flower for those who do not know). If you want pot legalized, you need to contact your non corrupt state politicians, and the republicans too, and fight to end prohibition. The President cannot do it. He can simply VETO a bill if he sees fit. Congress makes the laws of this country. Tell the gun toting official that weed is much safer than the HK 45 that he carries on his waist, and has killed far less people than the glass of Johnnie Walker that is in his hand. If we all stood up to the government official that tells us that we can’t grow a plant that can heal, produce fuel in a world that sorely needs it, can clothe our backs and keep us warm, then we might be able to make a difference, if not for us than for our kids. (I don’t mean start smoking your kids out, people.. get real). Why should we all just sit around and let them tell us that Marijuana is not beneficial to society, and that we can’t grow a flower, that happens to be not only beautiful, but beneficial to mankind. But they will let people die every day from cigarettes or alcohol related accidents as long as it continues to put money in their pockets. So technically if you think about it… murder is legal, as long as you pay the government big bucks. Phillip Morris has killed more people than most wars combined and no politician thinks twice about it, as long as they can show up in their Mercedes SL63 AMG in time for a round of golf at the local country club with a fat cigar in their mouth.

    The bottom line is we are the ones holding back legalization because we are too afraid to march up to the Town Hall and demand that it be legalized. Most are too afraid to even admit they smoke for fear of being arrested or harassed by the local police department, or that their friends will look at them differently for smoking a joint instead of pounding a case of beer. What most of you fail to realize is that they are doing it too and are just as afraid as you are. Afraid they will lose their job, afraid of being publicly humiliated by being arrested for it, afraid their friends will look at them differently too.

    So stop pretending that one man with a title can make a difference. It is us that need to step up to the plate and make it known to the world that we smoke weed and there is nothing they can do to stop it. Tell them to LEGALIZE IT!!!!