More details on President Obama’s pot smoking days
A new book that delves into Barack Obama’s teenage years gives fresh insight into the president’s marijuana-smoking days as a high school student in the 1970s.
It reveals how a teen Obama and his friends formed The Choom Gang – slang for smoking marijuana – in which he invented inhaling techniques and rode a car called the Choomwagon.
In the book, Barack Obama: The Story, biographer David Maraniss calls the future president ‘Barry’ and reveals he ‘was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends’.
One was ‘total absorption’ or ‘TA’, the rules of which stated that if you exhaled early, ‘you were assessed a penalty and your turn was skipped the next time the joint came around’.
Another idea was ‘Roof Hits’ – rolling up car windows to stop smoke blowing out and going to waste.
‘When the pot was gone, they tilted their heads back and sucked in the last bit of smoke from the ceiling,’ Maraniss writes in the book, excerpted on Google Books and due out June 19.
‘Wasting good bud smoke was not tolerated,’ an old school friend told the author.