Former President Barack Obama has always seemed like a pretty cool guy.
Between his dad-jokes, down-to-earth style and, of course, the fact that he’s admitted to smoking weed in his hey-day, Obama has always been a relatable political figure to the common man. And according to one prominent author, Obama could now be even more relatable, as sources say the former commander-in-chief could be back to toking up, now that his days as POTUS are finished.
Is Obama Smoking Weed?
Obama first admitted he used to puff in his 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father, where he explicitly described several instances in his youth in which he dabbled with the green stuff.
In the memoir, Obama talked about smoking “in a white classmate’s sparkling new van,” “in the dorm room of some brother” and “on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids.”
While Obama took a sabbatical from his cannabis-use during his political tenure, it appears that the ex-President could potentially be back to his old ways.
Author Ed Klein detailed in his new book All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump, that, per a close friend of Obama, the former commander-in-chief has refused to lead a “resistance” against the Trump party, and instead chooses to spend his time “playing video games, chatting on the phone with celebrity pals, smoking marijuana and popping cannabis-infused gummy bears.”
“Barack sees himself as sort of a hipster ex-president, a cool guy,” said the friend. “He wants to go back in terms of fashion and style to his pot-smoking days as a member of the Choom Gang at the Punahou School in Hawaii.”
Per the friend, Obama stopped smoking weed as president, because he believed it somewhat hindered his judgment. However, now that he’s not the primary decision-maker of the United States, coupled with the fact that it’s legal in the District of Columbia, there’s not much stopping Obama from smoking up on a somewhat regular basis.
“He gets the weed from friends who visit him,” the friend added. “I was told he keeps a small stash in his bedroom. He has rolling papers and hasn’t forgotten how to roll a joint. Sometimes he’ll smoke in his bedroom, and sometimes in the backyard. But mostly he does it when he’s traveling.”
According to the friend, Obama has now made the switch to edibles, due to the smell around his house, which is located just a few residences down from his former stomping grounds—the White House.
“At one point, he became so concerned about people smelling pot around Kalorama that he asked friends to get him some edible stuff,” the friend said. “They got him brownies, cookies, and gummy bears infused with THC.”
Final Hit: New Book Claims Obama Is Smoking Weed Again… Is It True?
While the evidence does appear substantial, it’s tough to determine whether or not the information is of pure fact.
While Klein is a somewhat reputable source of information, having been the former editor-in-chief of the New York Times and the foreign editor of Newsweek, he has also met scrutiny regarding the credibility of his sources.
His 2005 biography about Hillary Clinton, The Truth About Hillary, came under fire for being factually incorrect. The prominent political publication Politico described the book as having “serious factual errors, truncated and distorted quotes and overall themes [that] don’t jibe with any other serious accounts of Clinton’s life.”
Additionally, Klein has been scrutinized for his extensive use of anonymous quotes and sources, much like he used in the Obama excerpt. Many have questioned the credibility of such sources, considering there’s no real way of fact-checking an anonymous reference.
While it’s certainly fun to think about our former president blazing on the regular, one can only take this report with a grain of salt, until further evidence is made available.