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Obama: I Tried Drugs As a Teen
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Posted on 11/20/2007 10:44:20 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Obama: I Tried Drugs As a Teen

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer 15 minutes ago

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama on Tuesday told high school students that when he was their age he was hardly a model student, experimenting with illegal drugs and drinking alcohol.

Obama stopped by a study hall at Manchester Central High School and answered students' questions about the war in Iraq and his education plan. But when an adult asked about his time as a student, Obama spoke bluntly.

"I will confess to you, I was kind of a goof-off in high school. My Mom reminds me of that," said Obama, an Illinois Democrat who grew up in Hawaii

"You know, I made some bad decisions that I've actually written about. You know, got into drinking. I experimented with drugs," he said. "There was a whole stretch of time that I didn't really apply myself a lot. It wasn't until I got out of high school and went to college that I started realizing, 'Man, I wasted a lot of time.'"

Obama has written about his drug use in his memoir, "Dreams from My Father."

"Junkie. Pothead. That's where I'd been headed: the final fatal role of the young would be black man," Obama wrote. Mostly he smoked marijuana and drank alcohol, Obama wrote, but occasionally he would snort cocaine when he could afford it.

Drugs, Obama wrote, were a way he "could push questions of who I was out of my mind, something that could flatten out the landscape of my heart, blur the edges of my memory."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cocaine; obama; potheads
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To: Miss Didi
Is a "would-be" black man a "potential" black man?

Maybe he means that he 'would-be' a black man but his mother is white.

151 posted on 11/20/2007 11:51:15 AM PST by Rita Hayworth (Vote for a guy who had 399 House Bank overdrafts totaling $129,000? Yeah right!!)
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To: All

The brain is still undergoing big changes when you are in high school, doing drugs at that age is far more destructive (Libertarians) then to a grown adult.

How’s Obama’s brain doing?


152 posted on 11/20/2007 11:51:43 AM PST by Hunterite
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To: Sub-Driver

Thier are only about ELEVEN MILLION google hits decrying Bush’s alleged drug use as a disqualification for President, yet the left is UTTERLY SILENT about Obama...


153 posted on 11/20/2007 11:58:35 AM PST by tcrlaf (You can lead a Liberal to LOGIC, but you can't make it THINK)
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To: Long Island Pete
OK, and who hasnt?

Me.

154 posted on 11/20/2007 12:06:00 PM PST by FoxInSocks
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To: Hunterite

He thinks he can be President.

To answer your question: not so well.


155 posted on 11/20/2007 12:06:10 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

We’ll see.

However, I will write out a check that says “lot of money” and have it all ready for you. :)


156 posted on 11/20/2007 12:07:23 PM PST by LexHoskin
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To: CharlesWayneCT

That’s true.

That’s why Republicans are open to charges of hypocrisy and Democrats aren’t.

Democrats have no standards, so they can’t be accused of failing to live up to them.


157 posted on 11/20/2007 12:16:22 PM PST by guinnessman
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To: trublu

Maybe the story is about cocaine use well after high school, or something like that he actually sold or shared the drug to and with others while in high school or even after.

Hard to imagine that a high school cocaine user would just go cold turkey upon graduation. He kept smoking cigarettes, and probably has used coffee his entire life, so he likes stimulants. If someone gets to ask him a question at a town hall or press conference see if he ever sold or widely shared his coke “stash”, especially with other youngsters.


158 posted on 11/20/2007 12:16:55 PM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: LexHoskin

My wife is going shopping Friday morning ... could you Fed-X it? :)


159 posted on 11/20/2007 12:22:41 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Miss Didi
Man, I wasted a lot of time.'"

He probably meant, Man I was wasted a lot of the time.
160 posted on 11/20/2007 12:29:54 PM PST by Master of Orion
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To: Long Island Pete
OK, and who hasnt?

Me. Didn't drink alcohol until I was legally allowed to.

I didn't complain about others using drugs/alcohol in my presence. I went to parties, I was offered, I politely refused, then continued to enjoy the party. People that didn't know me occasionally made a comment about me being a "narc" (or similar), but my friends would explain that I was cool with it.

161 posted on 11/20/2007 12:31:14 PM PST by kidd
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To: Lexington Green
No. Who would want to get high with her?

Maybe she used 'em to get strawberries.

162 posted on 11/20/2007 12:35:09 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: Long Island Pete
OK, and who hasnt?

I didn't and neither did most of my classmates.

163 posted on 11/20/2007 12:38:03 PM PST by pt17
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To: Sub-Driver

Man, in front of a High School crowd? Why not just say “Hey, go ahead and get stoned an piss away high school. You coud STILL become President someday.”


164 posted on 11/20/2007 12:39:25 PM PST by cspackler (There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: Sub-Driver
"You know, I made some bad decisions that I've actually written about. You know, got into drinking. I experimented with drugs," he said.

"experimented", huh?

Mostly he smoked marijuana and drank alcohol, Obama wrote, but occasionally he would snort cocaine when he could afford it.

That is WAY past the definition of "experimenting". That is plain "using".

165 posted on 11/20/2007 12:42:55 PM PST by cspackler (There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: 1rudeboy
If he thinks he’s trying to ingratiate himself with me, he should think again. :)

If he thinks he’s trying to ingratiate himself with me, he should drink again. :)

166 posted on 11/20/2007 12:46:35 PM PST by HHFi
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To: ConorMacNessa

Probably,its better he dumps his dirty laundry now while he can control it then let Hillary handle it.


167 posted on 11/20/2007 12:53:13 PM PST by linn37 (phlebotomist on duty,its just a little pinch)
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To: MovementConservative

“Unfortunately I was under the foolish impression that bagging as many hot girls as possible was a sign of manhood”

You mean it isn’t?


168 posted on 11/20/2007 1:00:17 PM PST by MrNeutron1962
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To: Army Air Corps; Long Island Pete
OK, and who hasnt?

I didn't.

And neither did I!

169 posted on 11/20/2007 1:01:39 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Long Island Pete
...drugs... OK, and who hasnt?

Add me to that "who hasn't" list. Not "everybody" was doing it just because somebody thought it was cool. That's merely the excuse "everybody" uses when they're trying to rationalize their own weak/bad/sinful behavior.

170 posted on 11/20/2007 1:10:51 PM PST by Gritty (Who is better to run the nanny state than the nanny,... the Democrats? - Wesley Pruden)
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To: Sub-Driver

Ah, the old “Clinton Gambit” makes a comeback.

Barack (sounds like the noise you make when you belch), old buddy, we’ve already seen what we get when we elect someone who claims he smoked pot (but didn’t inhale - LMAO!).

I don’t think we want to go down that road again. This isn’t helpful to your campaign!!


171 posted on 11/20/2007 1:19:47 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Long Island Pete
OK, and who hasnt?

Me.

Nor have I tried them as an adult unless prescribed by a doctor.

172 posted on 11/20/2007 1:21:12 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Lexington Green
Who would want to get high with her?

Apparently, Bill did.

I think she's made a career of making him regret it!!

173 posted on 11/20/2007 1:22:38 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Long Island Pete
OK, and who hasnt?

Not me!....wait.... is heroin a drug?

174 posted on 11/20/2007 1:23:03 PM PST by bigjoesaddle ("By Grabthar's hammer......what a savings")
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To: Califelephant
He's a user. So were these guys: "Experimenting" is this guy:
175 posted on 11/20/2007 1:39:10 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: albie

You are a racist.


176 posted on 11/20/2007 2:03:43 PM PST by reflecting
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To: guinnessman

And I’m not upset with that, as I like being in the party of standards.

On the other hand, I would have had no trouble voting for Ryan, and wish he had stuck it out — he didn’t really do anything (his wife said no), and as scandals go it was nothing serious. I wondered if there was something more that never came out that led to him dropping out — or maybe he just decided he couldn’t beat Obama.


177 posted on 11/20/2007 2:08:09 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Long Island Pete
OK, and who hasnt?

I haven't.

178 posted on 11/20/2007 2:10:46 PM PST by weaponeer
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To: Holicheese
Let me tell you something about coke, noone has only done it once.

Wrong. I did it ONLY once. At first I thought I was having a good time, but before I knew it, I realized the people I was with weren't the people I thought I knew. I've never had an inclination to try it again, and I never will.

I've smoked pot, and I have to admit it was pretty harmless as far as my life was concerned, but I know there are some people who can't handle any drugs of any sort.

179 posted on 11/20/2007 4:14:55 PM PST by highimpact (Abortion - [n]: human sacrifice at the altar of convenience.)
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To: tcrlaf

salient point....


180 posted on 11/20/2007 4:43:37 PM PST by Sub-Driver (Proud member of the Republican wing of the Republican Party)
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To: LexHoskin
"I’m going to guess that this is about “coke”. If this was just a marijuana story...no bid deal. But if you get into snorting coke, then we’re talking harder drugs...and more of a scandal. This has got to be a preemptive strike."

It's a big deal for republican candidates like Bush in 2000. No big deal for Obama or "nose like a vacuum cleaner" Bill Clinton.

181 posted on 11/20/2007 4:43:40 PM PST by boop (Who doesn't love poison pot pies?)
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To: Long Island Pete
OK, and who hasnt?

My husband never did. I never did willingly. Several of my cousins. All but one of my aunts. My SIL. As a matter of fact, I know lots of people who've never done drugs. (And waaaay too many who still do!)

ITOH, I do give BO credit for honesty and I don't think that one seriously stupid time-frame ruins a person for life.

182 posted on 11/20/2007 4:56:07 PM PST by Marie (Unintended consequences.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I made Aspirin in High School Chemistry class.


183 posted on 11/20/2007 5:00:08 PM PST by LongTimeMILurker
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

WHat is that???


184 posted on 11/20/2007 5:03:13 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: BlueStateBlues

I used to do a lot of coke in high school—when I could afford it. It was expensive, so that wasn’t very often. I quit after high school because I had a job, and needed to function at a much higher level. Random drug testing also factored in there somewhere. Never did it again. Never really missed it. I do drink coffee and a Red Bull every once in a while though.


185 posted on 11/20/2007 5:03:26 PM PST by ga medic
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

I never tried anything as a teen...except chewing tobacco. THat didn’t work out so well for me.


186 posted on 11/20/2007 5:05:09 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: Sub-Driver
"I will confess to you, I was kind of a goof-off in high school. My Mom reminds me of that,"

It's a good thing that ivy league schools don't care about that, so long as you are Black.

188 posted on 11/20/2007 5:07:33 PM PST by montag813
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To: Sub-Driver
"I will confess to you, I was kind of a goof-off in high school. My Mom reminds me of that,"

It's a good thing for Obama that ivy league schools don't care about that, so long as you are "Black".

189 posted on 11/20/2007 5:08:07 PM PST by montag813
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To: montag813

Anyone catch Mitt Romney commenting today? He slammed Obamarama pretty good over his drug use and telling all about it for school children to hear. First thing Mitt has done to make me sit up and take notice.


190 posted on 11/20/2007 5:09:40 PM PST by tioga (Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go...)
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To: highimpact

Then you are a special person!


191 posted on 11/20/2007 5:36:23 PM PST by Holicheese (1-21-09 Hillary starts to destroy America!)
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To: Sub-Driver

‘Man, I wasted a lot of time.’

Then quit wasting ours, LOL!


192 posted on 11/20/2007 5:37:17 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Holicheese
Then you are a special person!

After all these years, I finally find the one person who agrees with my mom! LOL :)

193 posted on 11/20/2007 6:17:50 PM PST by highimpact (Abortion - [n]: human sacrifice at the altar of convenience.)
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To: adopt4Christ

You know, with Hillary’s numbers so very low in the believability and sincerity department, this might be a brilliant move on Obama’s part. He comes across as very open and honest in sharp contrast to HRC. In the big scheme of things, this could help him, a lot.


194 posted on 11/20/2007 7:13:23 PM PST by ChocChipCookie (Homeschool like your kids' lives depend on it.)
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To: ChocChipCookie
You know, with Hillary’s numbers so very low in the believability and sincerity department, this might be a brilliant move on Obama’s part.

Congratulations for being the first FReeper to assign the "brilliant" label to a socialist. You're right about HRC's believability and sincerity, but...brilliant? How smart does one have to be to outwit a raping purgeror's communist wife?

195 posted on 11/20/2007 7:38:44 PM PST by highimpact (Abortion - [n]: human sacrifice at the altar of convenience.)
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To: ChocChipCookie

i guess anything to move HRC out of the way is good.

I like your tag line — and i DO.


196 posted on 11/20/2007 7:42:38 PM PST by adopt4Christ (The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.)
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To: Badeye
Obama and Ron Paul both make you long for an end of the primary season.

PAUL'S A KOOK! < /foaming mouth >

197 posted on 11/20/2007 7:43:01 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Sub-Driver

Which separates him from the rest of that field how, exactly?

Honestly, I’m not sure Kucinich ever stopped.


198 posted on 11/20/2007 7:45:42 PM PST by RichInOC (Satan, Democrat for President 2008: Cut Out The Middlewoman.)
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To: Long Island Pete

Neither me nor my friends tried drugs, cigarettes or alcohol. Somehow we still managed to have plenty of fun without regrets.

Cheetohs did give us the giggles, though, but we limited ourselves to small amounts. : )


199 posted on 11/20/2007 7:49:39 PM PST by skr (How majestic is Thy Name, O Lord, and how mighty are Thy Works!)
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To: Slapshot68

I smoked pot, every day in the Summer of 1987. I smoked pot from an almost two feet tall bong, a roach clip, a pipe, some boy’s mouth and a plastic gun that shot smoke out of the end(???). I wouldn’t do it today. I’m older, wiser and more CONSERVATIVE.


200 posted on 11/20/2007 7:50:23 PM PST by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Conservative!!!)
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