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Introducing Obama's Pot-Smoking Gang

By GOPUSA Staff

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."

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  1. genesalComment by genesal
    May 29, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    Smoking pot leads to harder – dictators.
    This is your ‘dictator’ on pot.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      May 29, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

      Yes, “This is your President. This is your President on drugs. Any questions?”

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    • reaganoneComment by reaganone
      May 29, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

      They should note in the story his Obummer’s hypocrisy. After saying a few years before becoming President that we need to “rethink our drug laws and decriminalize (not legalize) marijuana.” Now as President, billions are being wasted attempting to shut down medical marijuana in the 16 states where local voters approved it. He gave a billion dollars to Mexico to help them fight mainly marijuana trafficking, you see the results. Not only proving that he failed to live up to the promise of “Change” , but it is also an attack on state’s rights by the federal government.

      Washington will take notice the first time a candidate that is against marijuana prohibition grabs votes across both party lines and wins. Logical decisions will have to be made in the coming years on what laws Americans believe are worth allocating our limited resources to enforce. With 5% on the world population housing right under 25% of all the world’s prisoners, people will get tired of reading about violent criminals committing crimes while out on parole to make room for maditory sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. Grow over 100 plants in some states and you can get life in prison. Kill a child and you could be paroled in 10 to 20 years.

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  2. lizzietookanaxeComment by lizzietookanaxe
    May 29, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    If you had to wake up next to that she beast Michelle every morning, you’d have to be high too! ;)

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    • KBBComment by KBB
      June 5, 2012 @ 1:44 am

      True. Yet, somehow I just don’t believe Obama wakes up next to Michelle every morning. My guess is separate bedrooms, as in “just roomies”. I even doubt those girls are his.

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  3. techwreckComment by techwreck
    May 29, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

    The “Pothead President”!

    We eventually get just the kind of president we deserve because of all of the dumbed down, pothead citizens who are voting these days with no concept of real American history.

    Ben Franklin and his peers gave us “a republic” and we are in one helluva fight to keep it.

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  4. bloodyrich2Comment by bloodyrich2
    May 29, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    oooh… he smoked POT! wow…. i don’t know anyone whose done that crazyness! No one here smoked pot in highschool or college? I’m voting Ron Paul, and this is the kind of silliness I’m voting Libertarian for.. the pseudo-right can have Romney.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      May 29, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

      Yes, vote for Ron Paul, he’ll even make heroin legal.

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      May 29, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

      You could have left off the voting part. We could tell who you were for from your drug stance.

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    • bloodyrich2Comment by bloodyrich2
      May 29, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

      damn right. small government. Didn’t you vote Bush? Then you support cocaine usage.

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      May 29, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

      You mean did I vote for the winner twice, yes. Didn’t you vote for the loser (paul) twice going on three times? Oh I forgot, Paul dropped out, again, three time loser you know. We know what that says.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      May 29, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

      Bloodyrich, there’s a difference between youthful indiscretions (I was guilty of a few myself) and supporting the same actions on the part of adults by allowing them to be legal. I personally don’t have a big problem with pot being legalized, but cocaine and heroin are different in that they’re addictive drugs which lead to crime by addicts to get money to support their habits. I’m all for allowing people as much freedom as possible, but when certain choices prove to be too destructive to society then those choices need to be restricted. That’s my limited libertarian philosophy in a nutshell.

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    • MichaellabordeComment by Michaellaborde
      May 29, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

      Voting for Paul will give Ovomit a second chance to make you a slave. Ovomit fried his brains with coke, weed and anything else he could get his crummy hands on. Giving you what you think you ought to have is his game and the promise of brain damaging drugs are one of them.

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  5. Jack ReacherComment by Jack Reacher
    May 29, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    I’ve seen that guy before … I know I have. I just can’t place it. Oh wait, I’ve got it!

    PANAMA JACKASS!

    Sometimes stumped but not for long … usually.

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  6. backgammon48Comment by backgammon48
    May 29, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    The Narcissist in Chief is an embarrassment to our Country!
    I’m sure he discussed this with his daughters, since they helped him decide on gay marriage.

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  7. reaganoneComment by reaganone
    May 29, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    The last 3 Presidents smoked pot (that we know about) and so have about 50% of Americans age 18 to 50. Over half the country believes it should be decriminalized and treated like alcohol. Alcohol was illegal for 13 years and gave rise to violent gangs. It was not make legal because it was safe or not harmful to society, it was made legal again because prohibition created more problems than just regulating it.
    Go ahead, raise taxes to lock everyone up. Free healthcare, free food, free rent, but it will still be available in every high school in America until you quit fighting capitalism and regulate it just like alcohol. You comments about pot heads would have been the same reaction under alcohol prohibition. That “drunks” and “winos” want their booze. Back then drunks and winos already had their booze, that is how Al Capone got rich, and that is how the Mexican Cartels are getting rich today. Potheads have their pot, Cartels have their tax free profits, and the only ones who are left holding the bag is the tax payers.

    Marijuana used to be legal until a man that was paid to lie to congress about what it was and what it did, got them to pass the stamp act. Since then it has been kept illegal by prison guard unions, alcohol industry, and an entire industrial complex that is paid billions of your tax dollars every year to try to stop the free market from functioning, but my friends, you can’t stop capitalism, it functions even in communist countries. Just under the surface, and put side of the reach of the IRS. .

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    • Jack ReacherComment by Jack Reacher
      May 29, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

      @reaganone,

      The worst side effect of marijuana is the fact that it makes you say and do dumb things. It also makes you write silly posts that try to put lipstick on a pig.

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      May 29, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

      A Drug enforcement agency speaker from the Viet War era described “good pot” as that which was laced with heroin, but I understand pot is now addictive enough to stand on its own.

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    • MichaellabordeComment by Michaellaborde
      May 29, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

      So you want more drugs legalised so that more accidents can happen in the workplace because you want workers to become lazier, because you want more and addiction causing drugs to become more prevalent. This is just a stealthy way to take down America. Believe me I don’t speak from the unschooled or the misinformed. X-60′s hippie.

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    • cck49Comment by cck49
      May 30, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

      I think we are all missing the point here. OBAMA has NO POSITIVE ACTIONS as an American. NONE. He broke the laws daily by using ILLEGAL DRUGS. HE hung out with Communists and anti-American radicals. His family AND his mentors were COMMUNISTS. OBAMA SEALED HIS PAST from AMERICA! He doesn’t want us to know his past. He doesn’t want us to know WHO paid for his education. WHO paid for him to travel to Pakistan at age 20 as a ‘poor college student’. He doesn’t want us to know his grades or his attendance record in school or college. WHY? What we DO know is what he has admitted to in 2 small books he supposedly wrote about his life. If Americans had read those 2 books before voting in 2008, we would not have a Marxist in the Whitehouse right now. Wake up America. His prior actions were anti-American and every decision he has made since he’s been in office is ANTI-American. VOTE FOR the GOP nominee in November! No matter WHO it is! It is our only chance.

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  8. Allen SComment by Allen S
    May 29, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    I doubt that anyone would be able to convince the left that 0 was anything but pure no matter what proof they had or anything 0 did that was/is wrong. Since the left is known for lies they would not believe the truth if it slapped them in the face. 0 needs to be brought down to his knees and tried for treason.

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  9. Philip ClingermanComment by Philip Clingerman
    May 29, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    At last! An explanation as to the root cause of his thought (sic) processes! Doesn’t excuse it; it just explains it.

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  10. bippybellitoComment by bippybellito
    May 29, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    Was Obama High when he had his first Homosexual experience?

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  11. roscoebonifitucciComment by Roscoe Bonifitucci
    May 29, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

    BONG, BONG, BONG…no wonder the Marxist Boy Wonder is also an Idiot. He has no concept of Fiscal Responsibility and thinks that everybody else is his personal Piggy Bank.

    Mr. President! It’s the Economy Stupid!

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  12. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    May 29, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    I can remember when a great Supreme Court nominee was rejected by the vetting/confirmation process because it was found our that he had smoked pot during his college years. He was nominated by Reagan and was considered to have had the best legal mind in our country during that period. How times have changed.

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  13. JDZComment by JDZ
    May 29, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    Yes, he was a drinker, a marijuana user, and even did cocaine during his “formative” years in high school and college. So What? What is wrong with that? Many of our greatest leaders have addictions of one form or the other. Clinton had a sex addiction and the voters gave him a pass. So, Obama hung around with Marxists, those that embraced the socialist agenda, domestic terrorists like Bill Ayers, and other less then mainstream ideologists, do what? He did not flinch when a prisoner got 41% of the votes in the Democratic primary in West Virginia (maybe he was on something). In his book, “Dreams From My Father”, he admitted that he believes America has been getting rich of off the backs of the less priviledged, especially Whites from Blacks.

    So, why is any of this important? It is important because these insights help us better understand the “real” Obama from the one we see on television giving speeches. We are now getting a much better picture of his lack of interest in going to school (where are his college grades) and what is in his blood and in his head, and the American people are beginning to see how badly they have been bilked.

    This man has done nothing…nothing in his past or since becoming a politician to warrant being the President of our country, and the leader of the free world. And his ideology is directly contrary to the history and ideology of the United States of America.

    Obama must be replaced in November.

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    • cck49Comment by cck49
      May 30, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

      Me and every one of my patriot friends and relatives AGREE with you! Keep spreading the word!

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  14. genesalComment by genesal
    May 29, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    Did our Prez smoke some Maui Wowie, get the munchies and have some bowie wowie?

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  15. pagneyComment by pagney
    May 29, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    Well Kennedy and Willie Nelson smoked pot on the roof of the White House. I will say the same thing about this President that I said about that one……a piece of ****….’

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  16. rolandd1Comment by rolandd1
    May 30, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    Oooh wow man I’m havin’ a flashback. If it feels good doit. Turn on, tune in, drop out.
    Yes and I’ve seen where that leads to, also.

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