I don’t think this Obama mangling is so innocent.
Time’s Mike Allen had this exchange with Glenn Beck on CNN…
BECK: OK, now Barack Obama. This one kills me. Because Barack Obama, there was a story in the Washington paper today about how…
ALLEN: A Washington paper? “The Washington Post”. Just say it.
BECK: I couldn`t remember if it was the “Time” or the “Post”. So he`s in the “Post”. Eleven years ago he wrote this book, and he said that he had done drugs, he had done alcohol, pot and cocaine.
ALLEN: Well, Glenn, that`s an interesting way to look at it. I think it`s helpful, but for a different reason. And that is I think that people want someone who`s honest, candid. They`re tired of the pabulum.
Here`s somebody who said that he was a junky. I think that people will appreciate that it`s in the past. (emphasis mine)
OK Allen was talking off the Washington Post story and here are the only 2 quotes from Obama’s memoir regarding his drug use that were in that story
—“Junkie. Pothead. That’s where I’d been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man. . . . I got high [to] push questions of who I was out of my mind.”
–“Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though,”
Obama does not say he was a junkie yet Allen quotes him as such. I don’t think that was a mistake on Allen’s part.
And if it’s a matter of Allen judging someone who smoked pot and did “a little blow” to be a junkie, then there are a heckuva lot more junkies in America than I realized. Perhaps even in the White House? Oh that’s right… W has refused to admit or deny cocaine use.