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Choom Gang: A lighter side

Posted by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM
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Obama and his Choom Gang buddies in Hawaii

Obama and his Choom Gang buddies in Hawaii

NBC Chicago - Barack Obama probably will not be inviting the Choom Gang to the White House.

The Choom Gang was a group of stoners Obama hung out with at Punahou Academy in Honolulu. Actually, he didn't just hang out with them. As with every other organization he's joined in his life, from the Harvard Law Review to the U.S. Senate, Obama was a leader of the pot smokers. David Maraniss investigated the Choom Gang for his biography Barack Obama.

"As a member of the Choom Gang," Maraniss writes, "Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends."

The first Obama-inspired trend: "Total Absorption" or "TA".

"TA was the opposite of Bill Clinton's claim that as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford he smoked dope but never inhaled," explains Maraniss. Here's how it worked: If you exhaled prematurely when you were with the Choom Gang, "you were assessed a penalty and your turn was skipped the next time the joint came around."

As one of Obama's old high school buddies tells Maraniss: "Wasting good bud smoke was not tolerated."

Another Obama innovation: "Roof Hits."

"When they were chooming in a 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."

Maraniss also says Obama was known for his "Interceptions": "When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted ‘Intercepted!,' and took an extra hit."
Obama also joked about his marijuana use on The Tonight Show. When Jay Leno asked whether he'd inhaled, he responded, "That was the point."

 

 

by on Nov. 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM
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Radarma
by "OneDar" on Nov. 14, 2012 at 9:44 AM
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 Loved the pic...and we called it "hot boxing" back in the day.

:)

nuclear_sugar
by Jaye on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:02 AM
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What I got out of that?

1) Clearly, his innovation and leadership skills have been an ever-present quality in his life.

2) He was kinda hot in college.

3) I really, really hate the name "Barry"
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Radarma
by "OneDar" on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM

 

Quoting nuclear_sugar:

What I got out of that?

1) Clearly, his innovation and leadership skills have been an ever-present quality in his life.

2) He was kinda hot in college.

3) I really, really hate the name "Barry"

 LMBO same here...'cept not kinda but SUPER!

Also, I got a HUGE kick out of the fact that he IS always in a leadership role; hardwired.

shannonnigans
by Platinum Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM
LOL as much as I'd like to give him credit, he was hardly an innovator in this regard! Or at least that's what I've heard ;)
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