Twitter is buzzing (but all mellow-like) with the news that President Obama was a huge fan of the ganja and was quite the weed connoisseur. David Maraniss’ biography is due out soon and advanced copies are, of course, floating around.

Not only was President Obama a big old toker, he bogarted it too! That aggression should not stand.

More from the Los Angeles Times:

In this case, Maraniss describes how Obama and a group of high school buddies from the exclusive Punahou School in Honolulu would hang out together to sample – extensively – the island’s copious varieties of weed. Obama, himself, described the pot smoking of his youth in his memoir of growing up, “Dreams From My Father,” but left many of the details unsaid.

Unlike Bill Clinton, who famously claimed that he had smoked, but never inhaled, Obama’s friends credited him with setting a rule of “total absorption”: anyone who exhaled prematurely lost his next turn at the joint. And he was known, Maraniss reports, for “Interceptions”: “When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted ‘Intercepted!’ and took an extra hit.”

We guess he felt entitled. Some things never change!

On a heavy and disturbing news day, the Maui-wowie revelations are a much needed mock break. As you can see, the blogosphere had some fun with President Obama and his “choom gang.”


Along with TA, Barry popularized the concept of “roof hits”: when they were chooming in the 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.

What happened to his disdain for wasteful spending?

When Joe Biden talked about Obama’s “big stick,” we didn’t realize he really said “likes to blow a stick.” We are also pretty sure “arugula” is a code word. This also explains Michelle Obama’s obsession with junk food. She’s totally tired of the President and his munchies.

Twitter users had a blast (without the joint) as well.

What a leader! Our President, the pothead.

Community organizer or choom-unity organizer? You decide.


The media would just have you ignore it, of course.

No, no, sillies! Even Jake Tapper says this is just old news.

From the ABC article:

A blogger who attended the same high school as Obama, the Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, HAS POSTED HERE the page of “Barry Obama” from his senior class yearbook.

Obama’s senior class note includes a reference to the “Choom Gang,” which the blogger claims was a reference to marijuana, though his office demurs from exlpaining what it meant. (Obama has admitted marijuana and cocaine use during his teenage years.)

URBAN DICTIONARY.COM has its own definitions, which you are welcome to check out for yourself.

See, nutty nuts? They devoted a four sentences to it! Sheesh!