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How to Smoke Weed With Barack Obama

"TA," short for "total absorption."

Dave Swindle


May 25, 2012 - 2:01 pm

In A User’s Guide To Smoking Pot With Barack Obama Buzzfeed offers excerpts from a new biography of the President, Barack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss coming out in June. Here’s one describing the future President’s activities in high school with the Choom Gang, a group of friends at Punahou School who enjoyed basketball, “good times,” and 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.

Jump forward a few decades and a President who campaigned on leaving state-approved medicinal marijuana alone now unleashes the federal government to bust dispensaries.

Back in October I wrote at PJ Lifestyle on: Our Deceitful Marxist President’s Cruel War on Sick Medicinal Marijuana Patients.

David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.

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