Remember when Bill Clinton said he tried pot but did not inhale? Well, you can count on Barack Obama to make no such claims. In fact, he inhaled over and over and over again. As a new biography points out, Obama had a gang of friends when he was younger, known as the Choom Gang, who would spend their days coming up with creative ways to smoke pot.
In his 1995 memoir "Dreams of My Father," Obama writes about smoking pot almost like Dr. Seuss wrote about eating green eggs and ham. As a high school kid, Obama wrote, he would smoke "in a white classmate's sparkling new van," he would smoke "in the dorm room of some brother" and he would smoke "on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids."
He would smoke it here and there. He would smoke it anywhere.
Now a soon-to-be published biography by David Maraniss entitled "Barack Obama: The Story" gives more detail on Obama's pot-smoking days, complete with testimonials from young Barry Obama's high school buddies, a group that went by the name "the Choom Gang." Choom was slang for smoking marijuana.
The full story of Obama's Choom Gang can be found at ABC News
Buzzfeed Politics provides a breakdown of the most popular techniques employed by Obama and his friends to get high:
Total Absorption -- 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.
Roof Hits -- 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.
The guys even had a "Choomwagon," and, of course, it was a Volkswagen van.
This was our current president's formative years. One would hope a future president of the United States would form his opinions with a clear head and not while doing a "roof hit."