Addict (drugaddict) wrote,
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Obama

I've been reading Barack Obama's first book "Dreams from my Father". He writes in some detail about a period during high school when he was regularly using drugs: - Dreams from my Father, pages 93-94 - "I had learned not to care. 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. Junkie. Pothead That's where I'd been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man. Except the highs hadn't been about that, me trying to prove what a down brother I was. Not by then anyway. I got high for just the opposite effect, something that could push questions of who I was out of my mind, something that could flatten out the landscape of my heart, blur the edges of my memory. I had discovered that it didn't make any difference whether you smoked reefer in the white classmate's sparkling new van or in the dorm room of some brother you'd met down at the gym, or on the beach with a couple of Hawaiin kids who had dropped out of school and now spent most of their time looking for an excuse to brawl. Nobody asked you whether your father was a fat-cat executive who cheated on his wife or some laid-off joe who slapped you around whenever he bothered to come home. You might just be bored or alone. Everybody was welcome into the club of disaffection. And if the high didn't solve whatever it was that was getting you down, it could at least help you laugh at the world's ongoing folly and see through all the hypocrisy and bullshit and cheap moralism." -Barack Obama, 1995
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