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Andrew Sullivan Blasts ‘Pothead’ Obama for Hypocritically Enforcing Federal Marijuana Laws

Andrew Sullivan, opinion writer for The Daily Beast, took President Barack Obama to the woodshed in his column on Friday over the president’s inaction in response to a wave of states that passed measures which legalized the recreational use of marijuana this year. Sullivan finds Obama’s failure to relax federal drug enforcement regulations to be severely hypocritical given how the president not only admitted but celebrated his marijuana use in his younger years.

“[I]f [the federal government decides] that opposing a near majority of Americans in continuing to prosecute the drug war on marijuana, even when the core of their own supporters want an end to Prohibition, and even when that Prohibition makes no sense … then we will give them hell,” Sullivan writes, steeling himself for the battle to come. “And it will get personal.”

“The president wasn’t just once a pot-smoker, he was a very serious pothead,’ Sullivan writes. He says that Obama’s own experience as a pot-smoker-turned-president proves that the substance is “no more potentially damaging” to people than alcohol.


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You cant actually support legalizing drugs...

Drugs destroy lives, it is a sure fire way to destroy yourself and others around you, and don't forget the children.

If you smoke the pot then you can never be anything, other than leader of the free world. Like Penn Jillette so truthfully said, "had Obama been busted just one time smoking pot, then he would never had a chance to become president", instead he never got caught, but it doesn't change the fact that he used.

Always remember:
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." ~ Samuel Adams
If they hate us for our freedom, they must LOVE us now....

Stay IRATE, remain TIRELESS, an


Just typed out an entire reply before realizing the sarcasm.

Damned Poe's Law.

Eric Hoffer

Barry and “the Choom Gang.” He's SUCH a hypocrite!

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

Obamas 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.”

“When they were chooming in a car all the windows had to be rolled up so no smoke blew out and went to waste; when the pot was gone, they tilted their heads back and sucked in the last bit of smoke from the ceiling.”

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.”

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.

Obama himself managed to be a pretty good student despite all the pot smoking and unconventional study habits.

“He told his Choom Gang mates that the trick was if you put the textbook under your pillow the night before you would perform better on an exam,” Maraniss writes. No way, dude!

Back to the pot smoking.

Hawaii of the early 1970s was something of a pot-smoking Mecca.

“It was sold and smoked right there in front of your nose; Maui Wowie, Kauai Electric, Puna Bud, Kona Gold, and other local variations of pakalolo were readily available,” writes Maraniss.

Obama’s pal Mark Bendix had a Volkswagen microbus known as “the Choomwagon.” They would often drive up Honolulu’s Mount Tantalus where they parked “turned up their stereos playing Aerosmith, Blue Oyster Cult and Stevie Wonder, lit up some ‘sweet-sticky Hawaiian buds’ and washed it down with ‘green bottled beer’ (the Choom Gang preferred Heineken, Becks, and St. Pauli Girl). No shouting, no violence, no fights; they even cleaned up their beer bottles.”

Of course, smoking, drinking and driving on mountain roads could also be a little dangerous. Especially the night they tried drag racing.

The race to the top of Mount Tantalus pitted the “Choomwagon” against another friend’s Toyota. Obama was in the Toyota. The Choomwagon made it to the top first. When the other car didn’t show up, those in the Choomwagon drove back down to find them. Here’s how Maraniss describes what happened next:

“On the way down, they saw a figure who appeared to be staggering up the road. It was Barry Obama. What was going on? As they drew closer, they noticed that he was laughing so hard he could barely stand up.”

His friend had rolled the car. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. And, amazingly, they avoided trouble by leaving the driver alone to deal with the police by claiming it was just an unfortunate “mishap.”

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.”

Since he admitted it in

I'm all for legalization, not because I use drugs, but because prohibition simply doesn't work. However, since he admitted it in writing shouldn't that be enough to either prosecute him or essentially make him ineligible for the presidency because he violated Federal law?

How the hell can an admitted drug user even be allowed on the ballot, according to current law?

Velvetta - Because

The laws, rules, and regulations only apply to "we the people" not to the King or his cronies.

Look at Gaither having to pay 150k in back taxes prior to becoming Treasury Sec. None of the bankers or politically connected pay taxes...they may fill out a form for the "file" and the media but they all claim "Expense Re-imbursment"...not income for everything they receive. No income...no taxes.

And they are ALL above the law. I often wonder if a guy like Maddoff is even in prison. He probably lives on an island off the coast of another country and just flys in for regularly scheduled photo ops at the prison in NC. I'm not kidding...I really think these crooks are NEVER held accountable. They just have to disappear for a few years.

At this point

Obama's hypocrisy isn't even arguable. He's there to sell everyone out, and that's exactly what he's done or will do.

Looking forward to the first

Looking forward to the first coke-snorting, pot-using, meth-addicted president. It'll be just like John Belushi came back to be president.