With this most lawyerly introduction President Obama stated
that he had smoked pot.
My first response was to mock his ever present caution and to criticize his retrospective take on pot as “unhealthy, a bad idea and a waste of time”.
But as someone once said to me “high expectations are a curse.” Obama’s presidency has been a hostage of our/my high expectations.
After all, he is the first President to admit that he did smoke pot; he came out in favor of legalization because of racial disparities in arrests, and his and David Brooks comments that smoking pot is neither a productive long term nor productive frequent activity should be considered because of their validity if we’re going to develop a rational legalization scheme. And there are people who will attack him without mercy for what he did say. Time to give Obama some credit.