Obama Still Bogarting Nation's Joints, Man.

David Maraniss' forthcoming biography of Barack Obama tells tales of a young dope-smoking president-to-be who was always quick to bogart that joint:

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.

As Mediaite's Andrew Kirell notes, the president is still "intercepting" the nation's drug supply.

Stories like these about a young adult are actually kind of funny, even humanizing — like something straight out of a stoner comedy. But when you realize it’s about President Obama, it becomes a little less humurous.

Less humorous because President Obama has repeatedly laughed off and dismissed serious discussion about drug policy, like in that 2009 virtual town hall where the president mocked online voters for picking a question about marijuana legalization.

Less humorous because the president shuts down medical marijuana dispensaries with a frequency that would make Richard Nixon stand up and cheer. He presides over a DOJ, IRS, and DEA that have threatened, audited, and shut down legal pot sellers in California, Colorado, Montana, and Washington. All this despite once promising to respect state laws regarding medical marijuana.

More here.

The good news is that an increasing majority of Americans are starting to push back. Rasmussen polls show that a healthy 56 percent of likely voters think pot should be treated like booze rather than a Schedule I drug.

Sing along, America:


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  • Eduard van Haalen||

    It says he gave a shout-out to his dealer in his high school yearbook, but not to his mother.

  • RBS||

    That I don't care about as much. We had the same sort of thing in our yearbooks and nobody ever thanked their parents. It's all inside jokes and other bs that high school kids think is cool.

  • Killazontherun||

    Did you give a shout out to your parents in the yearbook? Where were your tidy whities the next morning?

  • Citizen Nothing||

    That article made me really want to get back to Hawaii.

  • niobiumstudio||

    That article REALLY made me miss my roor...

  • John||

    I have to admit, as much as I dislike Obama as President, I would liked to have known him in high school. I would have been down with the Choom Gang. Get in the bus man.

  • ||

    OT but from the same Buzzfeed website as Smoking Pot with Barack Obama - but better pics. http://www.buzzfeed.com/provin.....n-your-day

  • sarcasmic||

    Roooooooooooll another one
    Just like the other one
    I see you hanging on to it
    And I sure would like a hit

  • Brutus||

    Damn, I miss Lowell George.

  • RBS||

    + 1 Rock Roll Doctor

  • RBS||

  • RBS||

    Damn it Reason

  • Voros McCracken||

    I wonder when they are going to fix the ampersand problem...

  • ChicagoTom||

    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.

    There's a lot of shit I can accept by politicians of any stripe, but this...this is a bridge too far.

    What a dick move Mr President. Not Cool. Not Cool.

    You pull that shit in my circle , your getting passed over from that point on.

  • Espantapajaros||

    Indeed. I had no qualms about his smoking pot, but a man who'll willfully fuck up the rotation has no place in a position of leadership.

    Puff puff give, Mr. President.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    You've completely missed the alliteration. It isn't PPG, but PPP, for puff puff pass.

  • Killazontherun||

    You pull that shit in my circle , your getting passed over from that point on.

    Exactly. Who are these pussies that Obama hung around that would just take that shit and not mind?

  • John||

    That does put is moral character in a pretty poor light doesn't it?

  • Rhywun||

    Ditto. What an asshole. Dicks like that don't get invited back to any parties in my circle.

  • Brutus||

    You know, I think Barack Obama's life would have been immeasureably improved with a few drug convictions on his record.

  • The Other Kevin||

    Think of all the damage he and his friends caused to themselves and others. I'm sure none of them amounted to anything.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    No joke. Think of the thousands of drug users whose criminal records have saved them from a life in politics.

  • Brandybuck||

    But he's a Democrat! Which means he's good on the drug war!

  • ||

    This meme is a grade AAA+ marketing job on their part, that's for damned sure. Amazed so many are willing to believe it.

  • Adam330||

    I'd like to see a journalist ask him if he believes either he or society would be better off if he had gone to jail for a year or two for smoking pot in college.

  • sarcasmic||

    Since he never would have become president, I'd say society would have been better off had he been busted.

  • Adam330||

    I'd agree. But I'd really really like to see Obama wiggle and squirm on that one. Unfortunately, no journo will ever do it.

  • Zeb||

    Penn said it better.

  • Paul.||

    When I looked at my bank account today, I could see and hear Barry Oh shouting "Intercepted!"

  • TheZeitgeist||


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    Don't fuck with the rotation.


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