The Choom Gang: Teenage Obama’s Mastery Of Marijuana


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Long before he was unveiling presidential decrees, young Barack Obama displayed the spark of leadership with his pot smoking initiatives. The forthcoming book Barack Obama: The Story from the Washington Post‘s David Maraniss alleges that teenage Barry palled around in a smoke-filled van named the Choomwagon and invented new getting-high techniques such as “interceptions”, “roof hits”, and “total absorption”. Via Buzzfeed:

A self-selected group of boys at Punahou School who loved basketball and good times called themselves the Choom Gang. Choom is a verb, meaning “to smoke 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.” “Wasting good bud smoke was not tolerated,” explained one member of the Choom Gang, Tom Topolinski.

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.

[Choom Gang member] Mark Bendix’s Volkswagen bus, also known as the Choomwagon. … The other members considered Mark Bendix the glue, he was funny, creative, and uninhibited, with a penchant for Marvel Comics…

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13 Comments on "The Choom Gang: Teenage Obama’s Mastery Of Marijuana"

  1. Bryan Jamanal | May 31, 2012 at 2:39 pm |

    Interceptions? Now it makes sense as to why Barry continues to shut down suppliers He’s salty because.people stopped smoking with him when they found out what a dick he was about it.

  2. If Barry doesn’t want to smoke anymore, fine.

    But does he have to (pretend?) to be such an uptight dick about it as Prez?

  3. This tells me far less about his character than Mittens both (as a full-grow adult) tying a helpless animal to the top of a car until it shit himself and then STILL not pulling the animal down, but instead just hosing him down and leaving him up there all terrified, and his gang attacking and assaulting a kid for being gay while he was in High School.

    It means that whether we’re talking about him as younger or older, there is the streak of a psychopath/sociopath running throughout his life, and that’s not the fucker I want with his finger on the big red button.

    Barack Hoover Obama merely reveals himself to be a typical kid smoking out, who at a minimum didn’t lie or obfuscate about such a common activity the way Clinton did, but who also lacks the moral courage to try to aggressively change drug policies that clearly aren’t working, and which are causing more harm than good.

    Both have made douche moves, but I think we can sum up that Mittens is FAR worse.

    That rule pretty much applies to all Republicans and Democrats. Democrats, especially bullshit centrist Dems like Obama lack spine, but Republicans are full-on C-R-A-Z-Y.

  4. DeepCough | May 31, 2012 at 10:39 pm |

    I think there are worse things in life than being labeled as the “President of Pot,” but Barry felt it best
    go down as a fascist hypocrite, just like Democrat presidents before him.

    • David Howe | Jun 1, 2012 at 6:33 am |

       i thought he was a liberal socialist fascist

      • Irving Greenfield | Jun 1, 2012 at 7:24 am |

        That was last week.

      • DeepCough | Jun 1, 2012 at 10:54 am |

        Hey, don’t you think the liberal part of him would applaud the business model of
        California med-weed dispensaries, and the socialist part of him would go down to
        Oakland to “socialize” with those dispensaries? Well, he can’t, because he’s part
        of the Establishment, man, and that makes him a damn fascist, man.

  5. BrianApocalypse | Jun 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm |

    I’d like to see a Scooby-Doo style cartoon with Choom Gang having adventures in their van.

    • Calypso_1 | Jun 1, 2012 at 8:36 pm |

      Barry would make a great 70’s cartoon character. Especially if you took some plot lines from those ‘chosen one’ time travel conspiracies & trips to mars.

      • BrianApocalypse | Jun 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm |

        Haha yes! And then in the final episode he turns out to be the Antichrist.

  6. I was hoping to have a heroin addict or a crack addict for President. That would be just too cool! Think. We could elect the first female heroin/crack addict prositute as President. Whoever she is, she has my vote!

  7. Poeple talk about this as if it is no big deal, some even think it is cool to have a President who smoked pot. Unfortunately kids the same age as ‘Choom Gang Barry’ who happen to get caught with less than a joints worth have had their entire lives screwed over, some have even ended up in prison. Everyone says  the so called war on drugs has failed, not is failing but has failed. Choom gang Barry needs to be reminded of that and start repealing the marijuana laws of the 1930’s that were effectively put into place to both control black people and to ensure that the hemp industry didn’t get a foothold in the paper/clothing industry.

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