Article by Jake Howard, The Kindland
President Barack Obama likes to throw shakas and bodysurf. He’s hung surf photos in the private quarters of the White House. A couple years ago while vacationing on a secluded stretch of Oahu’s north shore, the lifeguard detail contracted to keep him and his family safe had to explain that they were under strict orders not to let him bodysurf; the logic being you can’t have the most powerful man in the world going face first into the sand. Unable to whomp, I’d like to think he grabbed a book from his extensive reading list, found a good shade tree and twisted one up…old school Choom Gang style.
No matter what side of the political aisle you find yourself on today, the 2016 presidential campaign is lacking some serious aloha. With all of the ugliness out there, it’s really making me miss the smooth Hawaiian we have in office right now—especially one who enjoyed the pakalolo as much as Obama apparently used to.
In his memoir Dreams From My Father, he cops to his hazy high school days, but doesn’t delve into much detail. The book’s official version of youth would seem to have left out some critical stoner fodder. Thankfully the biographyBarack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss makes it pretty clear that not only did Barry enjoy a hit of the kind every once in awhile, he’d damn well bogart joints. That behavior starts with the infamous Choom Gang at Punahou School in Honolulu.
“As a member of the Choom Gang, Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends,” writes Maraniss. “The first was called ‘TA,’ short for ‘total absorption.’ To place this in the physical and political context of another young man who would grow up to be president, TA was the antithesis of Bill Clinton’s claim that as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford he smoked dope but never inhaled.”
Translation: Barry and the boys like to turn on Dark Side of the Moon, hold in a few monster hits, sit back and enjoy the cruise. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Maraniss’s reveals. Barry was a huge fan of hot boxing his ride.