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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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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.
Maybe she used 'em to get strawberries.
I didn't and neither did most of my classmates.
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.”
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".
If he thinks hes trying to ingratiate himself with me, he should drink again. :)
Probably,its better he dumps his dirty laundry now while he can control it then let Hillary handle it.
“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?
And neither did I!
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.
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!!
Nor have I tried them as an adult unless prescribed by a doctor.
Apparently, Bill did.
I think she's made a career of making him regret it!!
Not me!....wait.... is heroin a drug?
You are a racist.
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.
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.
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