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Thanks to Buzzfeed for the piece that’s making the rounds online, though in quite a conservative way if I may say so. There’s been US Presidents in the past who have used drugs, experimented with others but this just takes the cake. This is one of the most elaborate, detailed accounts of President Obama smoking pot when he was a teenager.
Barry was quite the accomplished marijuana enthusiast back in high school and college. Excerpts from David Maraniss‘ Barack Obama: The Story dealing with the elaborate drug culture surrounding the president when he attended Punahou School in Honolulu and Occidental College in Los Angeles. He inhaled. A lot.
Click on the Buzzfeed link to see the pictures of Obama, holding his marijuana cigarette-one of them made the rounds back in 2008 I believe. In addition to that image, there’s his friends, and a couple of places they hang out. Here’s the rundown, from the book:
“A self-selected group of boys at Punahou School who loved basketball and good times called themselves the Choom Gang. Choom is a verb, meaning ‘to smoke marijuana.’” The best quote from Maraniss’ piece: “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.”
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.”
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.He was a long-haired haole hippie who worked at the Mama Mia Pizza Parlor not far from Punahou and lived in a dilapidated bus in an abandoned warehouse. … According to Topolinski, Ray the dealer was “freakin’ scary.” Many years later they learned that he had been killed with a ball-peen hammer by a scorned gay lover. But at the time he was useful because of his ability to “score quality weed.” … In another section of the [senior] yearbook, students were given a block of space to express thanks and define their high school experience. … Nestled below [Obama's] photographs was one odd line of gratitude: “Thanks Tut, Gramps, Choom Gang, and Ray for all the good times.” … A hippie drug-dealer made his acknowledgments; his own mother did not. Their favorite hangout was a place they called Pumping Stations, a lush hideaway off an unmarked, roughly paved road partway up Mount Tantalus. They parked single file on the grassy edge, turned up their stereos playing Aerosmith, Blue Oyster Cult, and Stevie Wonder, lit up some “sweet-sticky Hawaiian buds” and washed it down with “green bottle beer” (the Choom Gang preferred Heineken, Becks, and St. Pauli Girl). This is what I call vetting, my friends. This is what the media tried desperately to hide back in 2008 and they never bothered to check on Obama’s peccadilloes-and there will be more to surface if the discontent escalates.
- Flashback: Obama’s Sordid High School Past (rubinoworld.com)
- Barry-O a Confirmed Frequent Drug User in High School (dewgeneral.wordpress.com)
- Obama’s Lies To American Youths (personalliberty.com)
- It’s Safe To Say That Penn Jillette Does Not Agree With Obama’s Stance on Marijuana (hailmaryjane.com)
Dear Mrs. Couric,
Would you accept to do a second interview with a reporter who had a clear agenda of personal destruction, cut about six hours of footage to intentionally portray you in a negative light-and then got rewarded for it? Why would you visit the same reporter who had the PRIVILEGE to be a pioneer with her own evening news program, only to be cancelled because nobody cared to watch her?
Why interact with a reporter that showed contempt to you, did not have a hunger nor a curiosity for the truth, and mislead the audience and those that wanted to know more about you, yet what they took away from that interview was a crass attack to a “renowned” journalist with a lifelong career?
While all these questions are valid since any reporter worth their salt these days won’t stop and consider that what they do is crucial for Americans as a service and as honest, serious portrayal of national and world news, there’s a clamor for Governor Palin to decline the bait and switch and avoid Couric’s wishes to quench her ratings thirst.
I totally agree with Sarah Palin‘s reaction: “I hear that she wants to now engage in more ‘multi-dimensional story telling‘ versus I guess just the straight on, read into the, that teleprompter screen story telling. More power to her. I wish her well with her ‘multi-dimensional story telling.”
Maybe it’s time Sarah asks Couric what is her problem with sputum.
Hoffa Jr. was with Barack Obama on Air Force One. This does not surprise me, since he has this knack for bringing aboard people and sneak them with his Secret Service. They did have a game plan. This is no coincidence, folks. Jim Carney can speak for the president or he can’t (whichever the wind blows).
Anybody that has attended a political event knows how the event unfolds before politicians go onstage and the pep talk can be heard in order to introduce the main speaker. That’s what happens in rock concerts-the warm up and the main attraction. Obama was listening. Obama was not hiding out in a soundproof booth with loud music like Miss Universe used to do with their pageants.
From Left Out In America‘s blog:
President GWB was often portrayed like a monkey, an idiot and a warmonger. President Obama has a responsibility-a whole country in his hands. His job is to protect America and not pin brother against brother. Conservative media and bloggers have called Obama on his continued hatred agenda. Several cards have been played; let’s see if Obama’s “union army” will incite violence on those who believe that they have rights too-only they give it to the wrong people and not to empower themselves.
It was an alarming Labor Day for America. And may God shed His grace on thee.
Governor Palin‘s speech in Iowa has has so far an interesting range of reactions, from revealing the true illness of America that suffers from direct political influences to a total disappointment because she didn’t announce her candidacy for 2012.
You may say that Rove‘s seed sprouted amongst some people but America is not patient, used to regular partisan standards on all parties and want this all over and done with in order to go back to their surreal reality shows, so they can get rid of Obama later.
Nobody believes as I do that this is must force Obama to respond. Palin laid her card without any specifics just like the rest of the GOP do-and why should she? Obama will present His “Ultimate Miracle Cure Jobs Plan” that will have none of the suggestions in Palin’s plan.
- Sarah Palin lights up Iowa – Washington Times (news.google.com)
- Palin sees room for more White House candidates – Reuters (news.google.com)
Thanks to Pennsylvanians 4 Palin!
Slate’s Dave Weigel posted that Stephen Bannon’s documentary “The Undefeated” on Sarah Palin will be released on July 15. The release of this movie starts in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. From there, it will trickle down to other key states.
Let’s be honest; this information has been out ever since we found out about the documentary and it definitely has flipped upside down the Republican elites and liberals alike. Bannon is making interview rounds, promoting the documentary and answering over and over why he felt compelled to turn several short documentaries in a two-hour movie.
Tomorrow we will see a statement from a “major theater chain” that is set to announce a nationwide distribution. If my gut is right, “The Undefeated” will get the movie trailer, followed quickly by the movie itself about two weeks later, and outside I will see a separate marquee sign with title, date and times. Sweet!
Andy Barr from POLITICO wrote that the movie director has also retail plans for “The Undefeated,” where Wal-Mart could be key. I will not post snippets of his piece because it does reek of POLITICO material; go ahead and read it for yourself. My conclusion: It’s very encouraging to see the positive feedback from several people that have seen it, the buzz that is generating within the political circles and the Internet. Positive or negative, the reality is that there is a movie about Sarah Palin; that this movie attempts to clear the air about events in the past that have tarnished her image while at the same time, show everybody that she can run a country.
- Palin: “The Undefeated” Producer Stephen Bannon’s Bloggers Briefing (sarahpalinblog.typepad.com)
- Palin Lounge Sunday: Reviews of “The Undefeated” Are Out! (tammybruce.com)
- The Undefeated (maxredline.typepad.com)
- “The Undefeated” Information (thepalinexpress.wordpress.com)
- Palin: “The Undefeated” Movie Trailer (sarahpalinblog.typepad.com)
- Palin Movie to Be Released Nationally… (politico.com)
- ‘The Undefeated’ could be a game-changer for Sarah Palin (sarahpalinblog.typepad.com)
- New Palin Movie Feeds 2012 Speculation (blogs.wsj.com)
SarahPAC has evolved from a straight-forward website with a limited goal to a full-fledged official Sarah Palin‘s interactive website. Everything for the general public is there-her Facebook posts, her tweets, email updates and of course the PAC donations. These are detailed, better broken down and my bet is that her PAC will increase due to this flexibility.
For those interested in a speech appearance, the option is there. The website design is impressive, colorful and very patriotic. Kudos to all involved in this project. GAME ON, indeed!