Doug Giles

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama confessed to a group of teens this week at Manchester Central High School in Manchester, New Hampshire that when he was their age he used to be a dope smokin’ fool.

Barack outed himself as being a former Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds member of his high school bong brigade. He put the high in high school. BO’s mea culpa immediately accomplished a few things: It solidified Snoop Dogg’s, Willie Nelson’s and Montel’s votes in the primaries, and it also sent some of my conservative compadres into a five alarm hissy fit.

Yep, several of my VRWC buddies were popping blood veins in their foreheads, stating that Obama’s admission could encourage young ‘uns to use drugs, and because of this he was “unwise” in telling the little squabs that he formerly sought solace in a thick cloud of sinsemilla.

One pundit this week said that kids can’t handle that kind of candor and thus certain things should be kept from their fragile psyches. FYI, my la-la-land concerned brother: Teens today have seen and heard things in the public school system by the time they’re 11 that were reserved only for the eyes of Courtney Love, Robert Mapplethorpe and Timothy Leary twenty years ago. Trust me . . . Obama dropping the weed bomb on our teenage wasteland probably didn’t raise a multi-pierced tattooed eyebrow.

Mitt Romney waded in on BO’s former teen weed burning divulgence and condemned it, saying that Obama’s confession sent a bad message to young people, namely that you can “get high and become president.”

First of all Mitt, you gotta relax, man . . . Obama, like you, is not going to become president, so chill, okay? In addition, as a good religious man you should applaud his honesty in owning his previously bad record, right? I mean c’mon, Mr. Romney . . . at least he’s up front about it. He didn’t flip flop on what he did in the past or try to explain away why he did what he did to ingratiate himself to a gullible voting block in a sad and desperate attempt to become president.

Another conservative said this week that Barack coming forward with the admission that he toked the ganja was not only unwise but was also a bad example for children. Telling the truth has now become a bad example? I believe that was Larry Craig who said that. I could be wrong.

Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him onFacebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.