All this, and more, from a soon-to-be published biography by David Maraniss entitled “Barack Obama: The Story”.
Another, equally instructive, Tale form the Choom Gang:
Maraniss concludes his chapter on Obama’s high school years by looking at a note Obama had written in his high school yearbook in a section reserved for students to give a line or two giving thanks to those who helped along the way.
Obama had written this: “Thanks Tut [his grandmother], Gramps, Choom Gang, and Ray for all the good times.”
Maraniss notes: “Ray was the older guy who hung around the Choom Gang, selling them pot. A hippie drug dealer made his acknowledgements; his mother did not.”
Well, in all fairness, she was white...