A new book set to be released on June 19th highlights, among other things, the marijuana smoking habits of one Barry Obama, aka future President Barack Obama.
The book – Barack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss – relates several stories from Obama’s high school days, when he seemed to be the trendsetter when it came to weed. According to the book, Obama was part of the “Choom Gang,” “Choom” being a word that meant “to smoke marijuana.”
As a member of the Choom Gang, Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends. The first was called “TA,” short for “total absorption.” To place this in the physical and political context of another young man who would grow up to be president, TA was the antithesis of Bill Clinton’s claim that as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford he smoked dope but never inhaled.
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.
Barry also had a knack 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. No one seemed to mind.
While “hotboxing,” or “roof hits,” has become very popular in the cannabis community, the concept of “intercepting” a joint in rotation and taking extra hits is considered a gross breach of marijuana smoking etiquette, at least in this current era. Maybe it was then too and Obama just dominated his group of friends.
In any case it’s a interesting look into the past of the worst President ever when it comes to medical marijuana. It’s okay for Barry to “choom,” but cancer patients aren’t allowed to have someplace to buy their medicine – even though it’s legal in their state – because Barack needs campaign money from Big Pharma.