I suppose if the media wants to talk about whether Mitt Romney was a bully in high school, it is relevant then to talk about what a big pothead Barry was in high school with his Choom Gang buddies. Apparently Barry even gave a nod in his high school year book to his drug dealer, Ray, who years later was beaten to death with a ball-peen hammer by his scorned gay lover. Barry's Choom Gang liked riding around in his buddy's VW van known as the Choomwagon getting high. Barry had a knack for interceptions, a term used to describe getting a hit from a joint out of turn as it was being passed around. See Buzzfeed's "User's Guide To Smoking Pot With Barack Obama" for more details. If Obama had been prosecuted under the same drug laws that he supports today as so many of his contemporaries were, he wouldn't be President today.
David Maraniss' new biography on Obama takes a closer look at Obama's drug use in high school and college. ABC's Jonathan Karl has this passage about the time Obama and his friends were drag racing the Choomwagon and another friend's Toyota up a mountain road when the Toyota in which Obama was riding went off the road and rolled:
Of course, smoking, drinking and driving on mountain roads could also be a little dangerous. Especially the night they tried drag racing.
The race to the top of Mount Tantalus pitted the “Choomwagon” against another friend’s Toyota. Obama was in the Toyota. The Choomwagon made it to the top first. When the other car didn’t show up, those in the Choomwagon drove back down to find them. Here’s how Maraniss describes what happened next:
“On the way down, they saw a figure who appeared to be staggering up the road. It was Barry Obama. What was going on? As they drew closer, they noticed that he was laughing so hard he could barely stand up.”
His friend had rolled the car. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. And, amazingly, they avoided trouble by leaving the driver alone to deal with the police by claiming it was just an unfortunate “mishap.”