From Huffington Post: The meticulous biographer David Maraniss revealed President Barack Obama’s early girlfriends in an excerpt of his forthcoming biography, and now the Internet is seizing upon new details of the president smoking marijuana with his buddies at the Punahou School in Hawaii.
Politico’s Playbook teased the following excerpt from “Barack Obama: The Story,” which will be published in June but is already viewable on Google Books. “When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted ‘Intercepted!’ and took an extra hit,” Maraniss writes. But Obama’s buddies, who called themselves the “Choom Gang,” didn’t mind him messing up the rotation. (After all, this was Hawaii.)
That’s not all. Maraniss writes that Obama was known for starting a trend called “TA,” short for “total absorption.”
“When you were with Barry and his pals, if you exhaled precious pakalolo(Hawaiian slang for marijuana, meaning “numbing tobacco”) instead of absorbing it fully into your lungs, you were assessed a penalty and your turn was skipped the next time the joint came around.
Maraniss also describes Obama’s technique of “roof hits” while hot-boxing cars. “When the pot was gone, they tilted their heads back and sucked in the last bit of smoke from the ceiling,” he writes.
The fate of their dealer, Ray, was far more tragic than those of Obama and his largely privileged pals. In a scene that could’ve been in a Quentin Tarantino movie, a “scorned gay lover” later killed Ray with a ball-peen hammer.