Does Obama's Cocaine Problem Make Him Damaged Goods?
by Vox Populi, Tue Feb 06, 2007 at 02:06:39 AM EST
Here's a column by the liberal Chicago Sun-Times writer Lynn Sweet about Obama's drug problem:
Obama, guesting last month on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" was asked by Leno about taking drugs.
"Remember, senator, you are under oath. Did you inhale?" Leno asked.
Replied Obama, "That was the point."
Critics could ask why Obama did not add a cautionary "Just Say No" message for impressionable youths.
The Washington Post article, by Lois Romano, makes several key points: Obama will become the first presidential candidate to admit using cocaine. And it remains to be seen if Obama has more to tell. An anonymous Republican strategist told Romano, and she paraphrased the source, "that a problem could arise if there is more to his story than he has chosen to share."
We already know Barack Obama is a smoker, which certainly doesn't give him credibility when it comes to fighting the tobacco companies as any Democratic nominee should do. But what we may or may NOT know is that he becomes the first candidate to admit to using cocaine.
How do we know this? He says so in his book, "Dreams of My Father."
"I had learned not to care," he wrote. "I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though. ..."
While there have been rumors about Bush's cocaine use, it has never been confirmed. Therefore the allegations can be construed as a partisan attack. In this case, however, the source is Obama himself, who has admitted not only smoking pot, which isn't a big deal anymore, but to using cocaine.
Will his past drug use damage him as a candidate?