Chris Wysocki for this gem Hope And Choom: You don’t have to be stoned to vote for Obama, but it helps!
Now a soon-to-be published 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 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.”
If only he had the same philosophy about taxpayer money that he used to have about weed, we’d be in much better shape.
Perhaps we now know what Michelle is really growing in the White House garden, eh?
Total Absorption, man. It puts you into the right frame of mind to vote for Obama. That Romney dude is such a downer, always tellin’ us to work and stuff. Who wants that?