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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."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cocaine; obama; potheads
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1 posted on 11/20/2007 10:44:23 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Avoiding the idiotic “I didn’t inhale” admission from Bubba, I see.


2 posted on 11/20/2007 10:45:01 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: Sub-Driver

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


3 posted on 11/20/2007 10:45:43 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Sub-Driver
experimenting with illegal drugs

Injecting them into mice or something?

4 posted on 11/20/2007 10:45:51 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Sub-Driver

No suprise there.


5 posted on 11/20/2007 10:45:51 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama and Ron Paul both make you long for an end of the primary season.

Is it drugs that are responsible for those dumboesque ears on this guy?

Just askin....


6 posted on 11/20/2007 10:45:52 AM PST by Badeye (That Karma thing keeps coming around, eh Sally? (chuckle))
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To: Slapshot68
Obama: I Tried Drugs As a Teen

OK, and who hasnt?

7 posted on 11/20/2007 10:46:10 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: Sub-Driver

Is this the info that Hillary would not use?


8 posted on 11/20/2007 10:46:26 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Rush wondering if this is a preemptive strike...before the big bomb drops.


9 posted on 11/20/2007 10:46:42 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Sub-Driver

Early innoculation against a Hillary attack?


10 posted on 11/20/2007 10:47:21 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: Long Island Pete
OK, and who hasnt?

I didn't.
11 posted on 11/20/2007 10:47:34 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Sub-Driver
told high school students that when he was their age he was hardly a model student, experimenting with illegal drugs and drinking alcohol.

So does that mean he's denying using drugs after high school years or is this ClintonSpeak.

12 posted on 11/20/2007 10:48:42 AM PST by McGruff (A "Big Time" Fred Thompson supporter!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Did Hillary smoke pot in college?

No. Who would want to get high with her?


13 posted on 11/20/2007 10:48:48 AM PST by Lexington Green (Not one dime to Hollywood traitors)
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To: Miss Didi

I would agree with that. He should know that her war room will hold on to key bits of info and release them whenever she feels threatened. He may have decided to get it over with.


14 posted on 11/20/2007 10:49:00 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Long Island Pete
and who hasnt?

Me

15 posted on 11/20/2007 10:49:27 AM PST by ASA Vet
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To: Sub-Driver

So that’s why he’s retarded.


16 posted on 11/20/2007 10:49:31 AM PST by exile ("Get off my phone, ya big dope"- The Great One)
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To: Long Island Pete

I didn’t either. It was called making good choices.


17 posted on 11/20/2007 10:49:32 AM PST by spower
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To: Long Island Pete

I’ve got a lot of money that bet’s this is the “scandal” that Hillary’s camp has. But by him admitting it before the story comes out, he is in essence controlling the story. Also, by him acknowledging it to kids and using it as a lesson for them, pretty smart politics there.


18 posted on 11/20/2007 10:49:40 AM PST by LexHoskin
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To: Sub-Driver

Frankly, I thought this was a prerequisite now for a Democrat candidate.


19 posted on 11/20/2007 10:49:54 AM PST by Antoninus (Republicans who support Rudy owe Bill Clinton an apology.)
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To: Long Island Pete
I was thinking the same thing.

I do not know one person who did not try something or other as a teen.

20 posted on 11/20/2007 10:50:05 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (RIP Eric Medlen. You will be missed.../ Get well Soon John Force!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Junkie. Pothead. That's where I'd been headed: the final fatal role of the young would be black man

There's that ol' race card again. Politics aside, I wouldn't vote for him just because of the whine.

21 posted on 11/20/2007 10:50:12 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Sub-Driver

Sorry Obama...I’m guessing that’s not the dirt hillary has on you...


22 posted on 11/20/2007 10:50:12 AM PST by stylin19a
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To: Sub-Driver

I think he more than experimented, i.e., spent a couple years as a functioning doper. That said, I don’t think it is a disqualifier as many of my successful peers were....


23 posted on 11/20/2007 10:50:19 AM PST by eureka! (Is power so important to the Democrats that they are willing to betray our country? Sadly, yes.)
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To: Long Island Pete

Me.

I hope I’m not alone here.

I also didn’t have sex before marriage.


24 posted on 11/20/2007 10:50:23 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Miss Didi

Hard to imagine it’s a “bomb”, given that he wrote about it in his already-published book.


25 posted on 11/20/2007 10:51:02 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama: I Tried Drugs As a Teen

And the effects still haven't wore off.
26 posted on 11/20/2007 10:51:08 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Junkie. Pothead. That’s where I’d been headed: the final fatal role of the young would be black man,”

Is it just me, or is the term “junkie” most commonly associated with people who shoot heroin?


27 posted on 11/20/2007 10:51:12 AM PST by Califelephant
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m curious about the timing of this. Would it have anything to do with the “dirt” leak from the Clintonistas?


28 posted on 11/20/2007 10:51:19 AM PST by COBOL2Java (The Democrat Party: radical Islam's last hope)
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To: Long Island Pete
OK, and who hasnt?

Right here, babe
29 posted on 11/20/2007 10:51:21 AM PST by Antoninus (Republicans who support Rudy owe Bill Clinton an apology.)
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To: Sub-Driver
"Junkie. Pothead. That's where I'd been headed: the final fatal role of the young would be black man," Obama wrote.

Can someone please translate this sentence for me?

30 posted on 11/20/2007 10:51:29 AM PST by rhombus
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To: Lexington Green
Members of the Lesbian Students Association
31 posted on 11/20/2007 10:51:44 AM PST by misterrob (Ten down, Nine more til the Pats win the SB again.)
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To: Sub-Driver

"I experimented with drugs"


32 posted on 11/20/2007 10:51:45 AM PST by Jeff Chandler ("Liberals want to save the world for the children they aren't having." -Mark Steyn)
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To: Long Island Pete

Me. Did none in H.S. Went into the navy and just did booze until I ended by tour.


33 posted on 11/20/2007 10:51:49 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: Sub-Driver

Osama Hussein playing to the MTV space cadets, I see.


34 posted on 11/20/2007 10:51:50 AM PST by OB1kNOb (Support Duncan Hunter for the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. He is THE conservative candidate!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I wonder if he’ll be labeled a “ne’er-do-well fratboy” or something similar.


35 posted on 11/20/2007 10:52:16 AM PST by trublu
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To: Long Island Pete

Dennis Miller said one time, “Do we really want a President who PASSED on the bong?”

;)


36 posted on 11/20/2007 10:52:25 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: Long Island Pete; Army Air Corps
OK, and who hasnt?

I didn't either.

37 posted on 11/20/2007 10:52:37 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Army Air Corps

I think the poster may have meant, “who care’s” more so than a literal question. It makes no difference these days.


38 posted on 11/20/2007 10:53:07 AM PST by Bruinator
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To: Long Island Pete

I did not.


39 posted on 11/20/2007 10:53:27 AM PST by MamaB
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To: Long Island Pete

Hillary didn’t. She waited until her mid-twenties before she got hooked on the ugly pills.


40 posted on 11/20/2007 10:53:31 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Miss Didi

"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.'"
41 posted on 11/20/2007 10:53:40 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: AppyPappy
See #32.
42 posted on 11/20/2007 10:53:51 AM PST by Jeff Chandler ("Liberals want to save the world for the children they aren't having." -Mark Steyn)
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To: Miss Didi

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.


43 posted on 11/20/2007 10:53:54 AM PST by LexHoskin
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To: Sub-Driver

There goes the supreme court appointment.


44 posted on 11/20/2007 10:53:55 AM PST by purpleraine
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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," said Obama,

This is an odd statement since his mother has been dead for 12 years.

45 posted on 11/20/2007 10:54:44 AM PST by wideminded
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To: Jeff Chandler

LOL. I live it when they say “I experimented” with drugs as if they were working on a theorum in the laboratory.


46 posted on 11/20/2007 10:54:48 AM PST by trublu
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To: ConorMacNessa

This has been well known for a long time, Hitlery has something else. Obama is just trying to use this to deflect attention.


47 posted on 11/20/2007 10:55:04 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Army Air Corps; ASA Vet; spower; Antoninus; edcoil; mtbopfuyn

I have to say I am quite impressed. But I tell you what, mushrooms were pretty fun.


48 posted on 11/20/2007 10:55:05 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: Sub-Driver

Absolutely wrong thing to say to teenagers. To the adult mind it would come out as “don’t repeat my mistake.” To the teenager, it means “blah, blah, I did so you can too.” Seriously.


49 posted on 11/20/2007 10:55:06 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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To: Sub-Driver
Why do I think the adult who asked Obama the question about his teen years was a Hillary p.l.a.n.t.?

Was this the scandalous info that Hillary was not going to reveal?

Shot of the out-of-control Clinton daughter in London while she attended Oxford

50 posted on 11/20/2007 10:55:09 AM PST by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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