[B]Obama's pot-smoking days in the Choom Gang [/B]
A new biography of Barack Obama has revealed the US president's fondness for marijuana as a high school and college student, detailing his membership in an informal pot-smoking group in Hawaii called the Choom Gang.
Mr Obama has readily conceded that he smoked marijuana in his younger days, but the forthcoming book Barack Obama: The Story by Pulitzer-prize-winning historian David Maraniss provides much greater detail into his activities.
The book does not officially go on sale until June 19, but excerpts from it have already revealed details of his past romantic liaisons.
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The new excerpts, which were widely distributed over the internet following their publication on Friday on the website buzzfeed.com, say that when Mr Obama attended the elite Punahou School in Hawaii, he went by the name Barry and was a member of a group of boys called the Choom Gang who loved to play basketball and smoke marijuana.
The group derived its name from the slang word choom, which means to smoke, and any Choom Gang members caught daring to exhale before absorption was total ''were assessed a penalty'' and faced being ''skipped the next time the joint came around'', according to the book.
All told, the future president is said to have been a bit of a drag.
''When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted 'Intercepted!' and took an extra hit,'' said Maraniss.
He also reportedly popularised ''roof hits'' after smoking in cars with the windows closed: ''When the pot was gone, they tilted their heads back and sucked in the last bit of smoke from the ceiling."
Former members told Maraniss that the gang's favoured vehicle was a ''Volkswagen bus, also known as the Choomwagon'', that belonged to a fellow member, Mark Bendix.
The disclosures are unlikely to harm Mr Obama politically.
In addition to a relaxation in attitudes towards soft drugs since Bill Clinton's confession 20 years ago, voters knew when they elected him in 2008 that Mr Obama had also tried cocaine while a university student in New York.
Recalling personal struggles from that time in his 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father, Mr Obama wrote: ''Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it.''
He added that he had never tried heroin.
A Rasmussen poll earlier this month claimed that 56 per cent of Americans favoured legalising and regulating marijuana like alcohol and tobacco, while 36 per cent remained opposed.
None the less, the future president appears to have been remarkably indiscreet about his activities. In his high school yearbook entry he thanked the ''Choom Gang, and Ray for all the good times''.
Though all other members of the Choom Gang went on to succeed in life, the dealer who supplied them with marijuana was later beaten to death, the book said.
[QUOTE=Warfish;4478414]Hell, Bush took a ton of **** for being a hardcore drinker of alcohol at one point in his life. And back then some here were constantly calling him a cokehead, facts not in evidence mattering not.
[b]Here, we have a self-avowed pothead and blow user, a delinquent. And the same folks, generally, are silent.[b/]
Personally, I like seeing the more casual attitute amongst the population. It's just sad that (IMO) it's mostly political bias-based, not truly a position based on values.[/QUOTE]
Is anyone really surprised by the hypocrisy of the comrades?
Thirty years ago Bush was a drunk!!! Bush did blow!!! The Bush twins partied and drank alcohol!!!