COLUMN: Levant – Barack on the Choom Gang

- May 31st, 2012

The smoke clears

by Ezra Levant

Did you know that, when he was in high school, Barack Obama was a member of the Choom Gang?

Don’t worry. It wasn’t violent. Sort of the opposite. Choom is Hawaiian slang for marijuana.

Back then Obama was pretty laid back. He went by Barry, not Barack. His specialty was finding new ways to smoke dope — including in an enclosed van, so not a single whiff of smoke was wasted.

Barry Obama called that TA — total absorption.

Obama loved drugs so much, that’s what he wrote about in his comment published in the school’s yearbook.

“Thanks Tut, Gramps, Choom Gang, and Ray for all the good times.”

Ray was his drug dealer.

Obama didn’t mention his mom, because his mom had abandoned him. Like his dad did. Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., was kicked out of America — where he was a Kenyan exchange student — when it was discovered that he was a polygamist. Turns out that Barry’s mom, the unfortunately named Stanley Ann Dunham, was not Obama Sr.’s only wife.

After he split, Stanley remarried another Muslim man, Lolo Soetoro, and followed him to Indonesia. Barry went with them for a while and attended school there. But he finished high school in Hawaii under the care of Stanley’s parents — that’s the “Gramps” Barry mentioned in his yearbook.

Did you know Obama was part of the Choom Gang in high school? Unlikely. As of yesterday, the New York Times — motto: All the news that’s fit to print — had run precisely one article on the subject, ever, buried deep in the newspaper. It was in a review of a new book about the president, by David Maraniss.

How many times did you hear about George W. Bush’s drug and alcohol use when he was young? One hundred?

The Choom Gang is a scoop. But it was no secret. It has been published in Obama’s yearbook, a public document that has been available to reporters for decades.

But it has only come to light now, in a book.

This, from the same Media Party that flew en masse to Wasilla, Alaska, to comb through the personal life of Sarah Palin, when she was running for vice-president. They vetted Palin’s children, including young Bristol and her boyfriend. They even vetted Palin’s Down syndrome child, Trig.

But basic facts about Obama remain willfully unreported. Do you even know how many brothers and sisters Obama has? Seven siblings by his polygamous father. Who already had a wife in Kenya when he married Obama’s mother.

In the months ahead, do you think you will hear more or less about Obama’s polygamous father, or some Mormon ancestor of Mitt Romney who was polygamous?

Do you think you will hear more or less about Romney’s religion than you have heard about Obama’s religion — under Sharia law, he is Muslim, just like his father and stepfather were.

Obama’s birth certificate says he was born in Hawaii. But a 1991 brochure published by a literary agency representing Obama claimed he was born in Kenya — a biography Obama surely approved, likely to give him more street cred as an African American, rather than a half-white rich kid from Hawaii.

Youthful pot smoking, or weird family trees isn’t the point here.

The point is the Media Party covered for their favourite candidate in 2008. And they’re about to again.

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4 comments

  1. Stephen Smith says:

    If its not the point then why mention it. Your whole rant smakes of the sounds of the disapproving white middle aged Christian male wagging his finger. It would be offensive if it wasn’t so silly, but then I have to consider the source. Congradulations you win the Donald Trump Award for this week.

  2. Bill Elder says:

    Obama is indeed a shadowy figure with a shadowy history. Yes the media cover for him, yes he came from virtual obscurity to the presidency on an alrming short period of time, with an alarming consolidation of political and financial power backing him.

    The real question is not WHO is he but, who has paved the way by opening all the right doors, paying DNC for his leadership, buying astroturf support, buying off media scrutiny of his past – all for a virtual unknown inexperienced, untried candidate to the top power position in the world, and WHY?

    Look at his record in office and ask Qui Bono. There you will find your answers. What is the ONLY sector in America to prosper during his overseeing od US economic melt down? – Development industry? Energy sector? workers? Small business? Manufacturing?

  3. Stephen smith says:

    Ok Bill I give please tell me what sector has benefited from him. Also I have to know what buying astroturf support means?

  4. kjh says:

    Stephen Smith, the story is about the media’s “willfully” unreporting” facts about Obama’s life, facts which they would gleefully report about any Republican president or presidential candidate. This story is about the media double standard applied to reporting on Obama: He gets pass after pass when it comes to vetting his past and we’re left to speculate why he has so many documents — concerning his birth certificate and his university transcripts — sealed for the next 25 years.

    ‘Too bad you missed the import of this article and, instead, like so many of your ilk, resorted to name-calling and ad hominems of Ezra Levant: “disapproving white middle aged Christian male wagging his finger.”

    You should be wagging your finger, too, at the appallingly sloppy and partisan media coverage of this Manchurian Candidate. You should also get your facts straight: Ezra Levant is Jewish, not Christian.

    You win the Mike Wallace Award of the week.

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