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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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Maybe he means that he 'would-be' a black man but his mother is white.
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?
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...
He thinks he can be President.
To answer your question: not so well.
However, I will write out a check that says “lot of money” and have it all ready for you. :)
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.
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.
My wife is going shopping Friday morning ... could you Fed-X it? :)
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.
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.
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.
I made Aspirin in High School Chemistry class.
WHat is that???
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.
I never tried anything as a teen...except chewing tobacco. THat didn’t work out so well for me.
It's a good thing that ivy league schools don't care about that, so long as you are Black.
It's a good thing for Obama that ivy league schools don't care about that, so long as you are "Black".
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.
Then you are a special person!
‘Man, I wasted a lot of time.’
Then quit wasting ours, LOL!
After all these years, I finally find the one person who agrees with my mom! LOL :)
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.
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?
i guess anything to move HRC out of the way is good.
I like your tag line — and i DO.
PAUL'S A KOOK! < /foaming mouth >
Which separates him from the rest of that field how, exactly?
Honestly, I’m not sure Kucinich ever stopped.
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. : )
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.