Maraniss’ Obama Biography Details President’s Pot-Smoking Days

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File photo of President Barack Obama. (Photo by Rich Sugg-Pool/Getty Images)

File photo of President Barack Obama. (Photo by Rich Sugg-Pool/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A highly anticipated biography about the life of President Barack Obama, penned by author and journalist David Maraniss, adds detail to Obama’s pot-smoking high school days.

According to the Los Angeles Times, advance copies of the book, “Barack Obama: The Story,” have been making rounds, with salacious details about Obama’s previous involvement with drugs garnering special attention.

One part allegedly describes the preferred extracurricular activities of Obama’s high school clique at Punahou School in Honolulu, and their collective penchant for smoking marijuana.

Obama talked about his pot-smoking past in his autobiography, “Dreams Of My Father.” But the soon-to-be-released book, part of which was quoted in TIME magazine, offered more specifics about Obama’s behavior during meetings of the “choom gang” – a name based on Hawaiian slang for marijuana.

“Barry also had a knack for interceptions. When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted, “Intercepted!,” and took an extra hit,” the passage in TIME read. “No one seemed to mind.”

Other sections mentioned by TIME talk about the group filling the interiors of their Volkswagen car with smoke – a practice referred to as “hotboxing” – as they drove around the area.

Maraniss’ book is not due for official release until the middle of June, the LA Times reported. He also authored a biography about former President Bill Clinton, entitled “First In  His Class”

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