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Obama and His Pot-Smoking ‘Choom Gang’
ABC News ^

Posted on 05/25/2012 10:11:21 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

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Unlike Bill Clinton, Barack Obama never tried to say he didn’t inhale.

In his 1995 memoir “Dreams of My Father,” Obama writes about smoking pot almost like Dr. Zeus 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.

Maraniss portrays the teenage Obama as not just a pot smoker, but a pot-smoking innovator.

“As a member of the Choom Gang,” Maraniss writes, “Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends.”

The first Obama-inspired trend: “Total Absorption” or “TA”.

“TA was the opposite of Bill Clinton’s claim that as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford he smoked dope but never inhaled,” explains Maraniss. Here’s how it worked: If you exhaled prematurely when you were with the Choom Gang, “you were assessed a penalty and your turn was skipped the next time the joint came around.”

As one of Obama’s old high school buddies tells Maraniss: “Wasting good bud smoke was not tolerated.”

Another Obama innovation: “Roof Hits.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: choomgang; doper; druggie; maraniss; marijuana; obamabio; obamainhaled; pothead; totalabsorption

1 posted on 05/25/2012 10:11:25 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

ABC? Really?? I didn’t know government checks could bounce.


2 posted on 05/25/2012 10:17:08 AM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
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To: Sub-Driver

They meant pole smoking?


3 posted on 05/25/2012 10:18:34 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Sub-Driver

This is nothing compared to Romney teasing some kid in his high school days. When he was in high school there were no “gay” kids, just panseys. And in those times no one ever thought of what kinds of sex panseys preferred.


4 posted on 05/25/2012 10:18:36 AM PDT by golf lover (going)
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To: Sub-Driver
As a high school kid, Obama wrote, he would smoke “in a white classmate’s sparkling new van,”

racist much?

it's just how this guy thinks

5 posted on 05/25/2012 10:20:18 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Sub-Driver

Who is Dr. Zeus? Did they mean “Seuss”?


6 posted on 05/25/2012 10:20:39 AM PDT by Sister_T
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To: Sub-Driver

I would smoke it in the dark,
I would love to smoke with Karl Marx...

I would smoke it in the hall,
I would smoke it with my pal Saul...


7 posted on 05/25/2012 10:20:39 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Sub-Driver
Dr. Zeus

That was the dude in Planet of the Apes, wasn't it?

8 posted on 05/25/2012 10:22:17 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Sub-Driver

This country would be better off if 0bama would spend his days smoking pot instead of transforming America. Cheech and Chong would be better leaders than 0bama and Biden.


9 posted on 05/25/2012 10:24:06 AM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Sister_T

10 posted on 05/25/2012 10:25:28 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Sub-Driver

I don’t know about way back when, but I tell you what - Barry’s actions suggests the guy STILL smoking it today.


12 posted on 05/25/2012 10:29:34 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Can we cut the BS and just say it like it is?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Is it my imagination or is the MSM starting to turn on Obama?


13 posted on 05/25/2012 10:29:50 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Help me, Dr. Seuss! .. Er...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vb9fyyzxI4


14 posted on 05/25/2012 10:29:50 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Sub-Driver

He was drag racing in a VW bus? The guy is dumber than donuts.


15 posted on 05/25/2012 10:30:06 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Sub-Driver

I never heard one word about this during the 08 election, what a surprise.


16 posted on 05/25/2012 10:30:35 AM PDT by 3rdcoastislander
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To: Made In The USA

I remember he did a TV interview early on in 2009 and he was laughing about GM and the interviewer asked him if he was “punch drunk” and I was thinking he seemed stoned. I am sure he still smokes pot along with the rest of his admin.


17 posted on 05/25/2012 10:34:33 AM PDT by funfan
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To: humblegunner

< speechless>

< /speechless>


18 posted on 05/25/2012 10:38:02 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Sub-Driver

19 posted on 05/25/2012 10:38:34 AM PDT by frankenMonkey (Our humin president is epidemy of changing his own pants. The future is of children.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Telling that he would “Intercept” or “Bogart” the joint out of turn.

Always the Narcissist.


20 posted on 05/25/2012 10:42:44 AM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Sub-Driver
Maraniss also says Obama was known for his “Interceptions”: “When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted ‘Intercepted!,’ and took an extra hit.”

How nice. This greedy narcissistic assclown couldn’t even smoke a joint like a decent person.

I doubt he ever had any real friends in his life...

21 posted on 05/25/2012 10:43:29 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: reagandemocrat

Not sure Obie’s old man wasn’t really Tommy Chong.


22 posted on 05/25/2012 10:52:16 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over...)
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To: Sub-Driver

Interesting that the drug dealer was gay....perhaps the whole ‘choom’ gang was on the down low....start early and often


23 posted on 05/25/2012 10:53:04 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: forgotten man
Cheech and Chong would be better leaders than Myth and anybody.

Vote for the socialist of your choice.

24 posted on 05/25/2012 10:59:37 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: frankenMonkey

Obama and His Pot-Smoking ‘Choom Gang’

Known today as , The Obama Administration


25 posted on 05/25/2012 12:05:05 PM PDT by molson209
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To: ILS21R

ABC, Friday, Holiday weekend, 4 years too late...

Yep seems right.


26 posted on 05/25/2012 12:34:22 PM PDT by Freddd (No PA Engineers)
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To: Sub-Driver

Anyone that buys a gun has to fill out a set of BATF forms. One of the questions on the form asks about drug history. I think an affirmation would kill the sale. So, it is evidently easier for someone with a drug history to be elected to public office than to buy a gun.


27 posted on 05/25/2012 12:44:48 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Sub-Driver

So the obvious question is, “President Obama, when did you last smoke a joint, and when did you last take any other illegal substance?”

“What made you quit?”


28 posted on 05/25/2012 1:07:05 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: Sub-Driver

Wow, Obama “invented” new ways to smoke pot.

Is there ANYTHING he can’t do?


29 posted on 05/25/2012 2:32:25 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: 3rdcoastislander

At least be thankful this crap is coming out before the 2012 election.


30 posted on 05/25/2012 2:34:27 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Dave’s not here, man.


31 posted on 05/25/2012 4:15:51 PM PDT by reagandemocrat (Obama took the brown acid at Woodstock)
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To: Sister_T
"Who is Dr. Zeus? Did they mean “Seuss”?"

Same guy that did The Cat in the Hat.


32 posted on 05/25/2012 8:48:20 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: Sub-Driver

BUMP MORE FROM THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

Although Obama himself wrote that he and his pot smoking buddies were a “club of disaffection,” Maraniss says that’s not really true.

“In fact, most members of the Choom Gang were decent students and athletes who went on to successful and productive lawyers, writers and businessmen,” Maraniss writes. One notable exception was Ray, the group’s pot dealer who, known for his ability “to score quality bud,” would years later be killed by a scorned gay lover armed with a ball-peen hammer.

Maraniss concludes his chapter on Obama’s high school years by looking at a note Obama had written in his high school yearbook in a section reserved for students to give a line or two giving thanks to those who helped along the way.

Obama had written this: “Thanks Tut [his grandmother], Gramps, Choom Gang, and Ray for all the good times.”

Maraniss notes: “Ray was the older guy who hung around the Choom Gang, selling them pot. A hippie drug dealer made his acknowledgements; his mother did not.”

The White House told ABC News that it has no comment.


33 posted on 08/07/2012 3:35:51 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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