The Laugh Heard 'Round The World

By George Rohrbacher, NORML Board of Directors

On March 26, in a town hall meeting-style format, President Obama ginned up a laugh that is still ringing, a week-and-a-half later. Obama’s attempt to address the fact that cannabis legalization questions keep pushing their way to the top of his online political issues polling lists, that marijuana legalization had even popped up in the area of economic development. He looked aside at the crowd, “I don’t know what this says about the on-line audience…” Wink, wink…and the people around the President cracked up. “The answer is no, I don’t think that is a good strategy to grow our economy,” Obama chuckled along with them.

Humor is based on tension; a joke releases it. Obama’s pot ha-ha has released a powder keg of tension. The national commentary on the topic of marijuana driven from his laugh has been far reaching: Time Magazine, The Week, Town Hall, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Salon, Boston Herald, etc…

Mr. President, do know what all your ‘cannabis friendly’ Internet polls really say about “the online audience”? What? You don’t recognize us, “the online audience”? We’re the very people that helped get you elected, helped raise all those millions on the Internet–people like my wife and I, both 60-years old, parents and grandparents, business owners, taxpayers, involved in our community, we are the people who want you to end marijuana prohibition, the worst American public policy since slavery.

The question to you, Mr. President, is this: After the 20-million marijuana arrests since 1965, what’s so damn funny???

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  1. OBAMA DUDE! DON’T U READ ANYTHING ASIDE FROM “THE POLITICAL SCIENCE FUNNIES?” MAN,LEGALIZATION WOULD END ALL WARS INCLUDEING THE FUKIN’ STUPID ASS WAR ON DRUGS ALONG WITH BRINGING REVENUE THAT I’M CERTAIN THE GOVERNMENT COULD USE AND SIMULTANEOUSLY FREE UP MUCH JAIL SPACE 4 REAL CRIMINALS! WAKE THE FUK UP MOFO:)MJ MAKES 4 A GREENER TOMORROW WHILE CUTTING WASTE AND COUNTLESS OTHER BENEFITS:)IT’S WELL WORTH A DEEPER QUEST….

  2. why is it people who admit smoking pot hide from there past once they get elected obama needs to quit hiding from his past and be proud of the fact he liked to smoke pot legalize it now i have smoked for 30 years and i hang out with grannys that are in there late 50s that like to smoke and im proud that im a pot smoker

  3. #125 NoStressKid Says:
    April 11th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    …How is this any different from getting
    getting airport handjobs while being against gay marriage?
    (Sen. Larry Craig)…

    RE:
    Sorry, I missed this one…
    New INITIALS?!?
    Heh, heh! LMFAO!
    ‘Barack Larrycraig Obama’ BLO’s!

  4. After reading Genesis 1:29, 30. Explain to me why the United States Government has made illegal an herb that God developed for man and gave explicit directions of use.
    There is a curse upon this land for the Governments involvment of making illegal this herb and it’s called CANCER.
    When repentance procedures are complied with by the United States Govenment the CANCER will diminish.
    I work for Jesus Christ and this message was sent to you under His direction, I am merely a messenger.
    Bryan Brady

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