Well, Mitt Romney had to endure stories about alleged high school bullying — now President Obama faces revived stories about his high school marijuana use.
In the forthcoming book Barack Obama: The Story, author David Maraniss details the activities of young Barry Obama and his high school friends.
“A self-selected group of boys at Punahou School who loved basketball and good times called themselves the Choom Gang,” Maraniss writes. “Choom is a verb, meaning ‘to smoke marijuana.’”
The official publication date is June 19.
As we reported earlier, Maraniss also talked to some old girlfriends for his biography of the young Obama.
As for Obama and the “Choom Gang,” Maraniss writes:
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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.