Saturday, February 09, 2008

Obama's Drug Use

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The Clinton's are beating this story because it's one of the only things they have on Obama. When he was younger, he did some drugs including cocaine and weed and the Clinton machine wants to make that a central issue with the help of their media lackeys at the NY Times:

In more than three dozen interviews, friends, classmates and mentors from his high school and Occidental recalled Mr. Obama as being grounded, motivated and poised, someone who did not appear to be grappling with any drug problems and seemed to dabble only with marijuana.

Vinai Thummalapally, a former California State University student who became friendly with Mr. Obama in college, remembered him as a model of moderation — jogging in the morning, playing pickup basketball at the gym, hitting the books and socializing.

“If someone passed him a joint, he would take a drag. We’d smoke or have one extra beer, but he would not even do as much as other people on campus,” recounted Mr. Thummalapally, an Obama fund-raiser. “He was not even close to being a party animal.”
Let's be clear here, the only reason this piece was written was to bring up the drug use issue again. It's a support piece for Hillary even though it purportedly has nothing to do with her.

I find it odd that the Clintons are using this issue because anyone who went to college back in the days when Obama--and Clinton for that matter--did would have experimented with drugs. The ones who didn't were the odd ones.

I'm sure that a detailed investigation would find a couple tokes on a bong in Hillary's past as well--which she'd blow off by saying something idiotic like "I didn't inhale." You can't tell me a young leftist like Hillary who attended college in the sixties never got high as any college-age kid can tell you that there are more drugs on college campuses than any other place in the nation. I would imagine that the rich, elite and liberal Wellesley had more than its share with scads of students with disposable income.

Anyway, this is a non-issue to Americans and won't have the slightest effect on those undecided about Obama. It may have the counter-effect of souring people on the Clinton campaign if Obama's people can make it clear it's coming from her team--not an easy proposition but it can be done.

Listen, I'm not condonin g drug use by anyone and it's apparent that he no longer uses them (perhaps others still did while serving in the Oval Office). I'm just pointing out that many people in this country have used drugs in their youth--many more than would admit to survey takers. It's a non-issue to those who support Obama or eventhose on the fence in my opinion.

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