Four More Years of the Choom Gang!

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        CNN Projects: President Obama wins re-election!

        I'm happy, but a lot of people on TV are ecstatic.

        For those of you who don't know about the choom gang, you may enjoy reading this:


        The Choom Gang: President Obama’s pot-smoking high school days detailed in Maraniss book

        Posted by Natalie Jennings at 03:20 PM ET, 05/25/2012

        Political blogs went to pot on Friday.
        The Internet is buzzing after the Washingtonian published a review of Washington Post associate editor David Maraniss’s forthcoming book “Barack Obama: The Story,” including an excerpt about President Obama’s high school clique and their favorite pastime.
        Let’s just say jobs weren’t the president’s first green initiative. The group of friends smoked marijuana frequently enough to nickname themselves the “Choom Gang.”
        But enough of my bad weed puns. Here’s what other blogs are writing about the excerpts.
        Yahoo: Bill Clinton he was not.
        BuzzFeed has a handy “User’s Guide To Smoking Pot With Barack Obama” compiled from excerpts in Maraniss’s book.
        Time’s post is titled the “Audacity of Dope.”
        And NPR has “Inhale to the chief”
        ABC’s Jonathan Karl reminds us Obama has previously written about his drug use:
        In his 1995 memoir “Dreams of 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.”
        He would smoke it here and there. He would smoke it anywhere.
        Conservative outlets are especially having fun with the new fodder.
        Hot Air writes, “Apparently, we elected Pauly Shore.” And Reason’s headline is Obama Still Bogarting Nation’s Joints, Man.”
        Since you stuck around this long, here are a few of the high-interest excerpts from Maraniss’s book:
        Maraniss notes that Obama spent a lot of time at the Punahou School in Hawaii with a “self-selected group of boys who loved basketball and good times and called themselves the Choom Gang. Choom is a verb, meaning “to smoke marijuana.”
        “As a member of the Choom Gang,” Maraniss writes, “Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends.”
        One of those was: “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. 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.”
        One of Obama’s old friends at the school, Tom Topolinski, told Maraniss: “Wasting good bud smoke was not tolerated.”
        Obama helped popularized the concept of “roof hits,” as well, writes Maraniss.
        “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.”
        Maraniss notes that Obama, looking back later in life on those days, made it sound as though he was hanging out with a group of misbegotten n’er-do-wells, what he called “the club of disaffection.”
        “In fact,” Maraniss writes, “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.
        Maraniss notes that Obama, in a high school yearbook, acknowledged the hippie drug dealer, Ray, who sold the Choom Gang pot, but didn’t acknowledge his own mother.
        “Thanks Tut, Gramps, Choom Gang, and Ray,” Obama wrote, “for all the good times.”
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        Sorry to disagree but I could not be anymore unhappy with tonights results.  USA is going further down the toilet. 
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        JUST SHUT UP ALREADY.
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        Well, as you may know, the Republic always fails.  Our time will come.

        “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by dictatorship.

        “The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

        1) From bondage to spiritual faith;

        2) From spiritual faith to great courage;

        3) From courage to liberty;

        4) From liberty to abundance;

        5) From abundance to complacency;

        6) From complacency to apathy;

        7) From apathy to dependence;

        8) From dependence back to bondage ...”

        Alexander Tyler, 1787


        Now, I don't want to see it end, I am proud to be an American.  Romney can always try again in four years.  If we are still here.
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        i guess that explains why it's taking him so long to fix our economy!  when i used to mess around with that stuff nothing got done
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        cant say that it mattered to me one way or the other i didnt like either candidate and when i said this to my sister she hung up on me (oh well 
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        As much as people hated GW Bush, he KNEW how to compromise and deal with the other side. I'd like to see that occur, but have little hope that it'll change.
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        First of all obama INHERITED the bush 8 year mess of protecting the rich and the corporate takeover.Tax  Loopholes for the richest, the wall street crash, the bush administration looked the other way while all the while the middle class was the pawn for big banks to sell bogus home loans that the average middle class could not afford to pay, houses overvalued to secure loans that were bought and sold under the table.. Regulation of banks and lenders was and is non existent, they are free to make deals for themselves at the cost of the middle class, who by the way is the backbone of this nation. Most manufacturing is overseas, nothing made in America, we have become a service nation, blue collar jobs have all but disappeared. This has been a long time in the making, then comes obama in 2008 with a huge mess in his lap the republicans created like a good ole boys club, obama needed another term to reinstate regulations that were taken away to protect the rich and corporations. I am middle class and the 99% majority of hard working people that have been sucked dry by the corporate takeover done thru lobbying our elected officials who pad their pockets and pass tax laws to protect the rich and their own interests.When do we quit being a nation of sheep?
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        If Omaba inherited 8 years of mess why has he made the mess worse after 4 years? 
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        genenco wrote:

        As much as people hated GW Bush, he KNEW how to compromise and deal with the other side. I'd like to see that occur, but have little hope that it'll change.


        Love GWB and still do... would take him back in a heartbeat.
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        HighHeelSneakers wrote:

        First of all obama INHERITED the bush 8 year mess of protecting the rich and the corporate takeover.Tax  Loopholes for the richest, the wall street crash, the bush administration looked the other way while all the while the middle class was the pawn for big banks to sell bogus home loans that the average middle class could not afford to pay, houses overvalued to secure loans that were bought and sold under the table.. Regulation of banks and lenders was and is non existent, they are free to make deals for themselves at the cost of the middle class, who by the way is the backbone of this nation. Most manufacturing is overseas, nothing made in America, we have become a service nation, blue collar jobs have all but disappeared. This has been a long time in the making, then comes obama in 2008 with a huge mess in his lap the republicans created like a good ole boys club, obama needed another term to reinstate regulations that were taken away to protect the rich and corporations. I am middle class and the 99% majority of hard working people that have been sucked dry by the corporate takeover done thru lobbying our elected officials who pad their pockets and pass tax laws to protect the rich and their own interests.When do we quit being a nation of sheep?
        i got three words for you...BARNEY FRANK.....nancy and harry...the three stooges.......and 99% of hard working people have become successful becasue of these people your blabbing about.....its the freeloaders you should focus on  not the people that allow us to grow...
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        and  I BUILT MY FREAKING COMPANY!!!!    when you are a leader faced with a horrible situation,  YOU FREAKING LEAD AND MAKE THINGS BETTER,  not hang out with JAYz and beyonce playing golf with your pALS!!!  please wake up to the facts
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        God bless America, folks. 
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        dabigdog wrote:

        and  I BUILT MY FREAKING COMPANY!!!!    when you are a leader faced with a horrible situation,  YOU FREAKING LEAD AND MAKE THINGS BETTER, 


        Ditto and Ditto

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