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Obama and Charlie

By Mike Cotgreave

It still seems incredible that a non-white man called Barack Hussein Obama - who was labelled risky, dangerous, inexperienced, elitist, a Marxist, a secret Islamic extremist and terrorist-lover by the combined forces of the American right - has been elected as the 44th President of the United States.

It was not only a victory for intelligence, humanity, progressive ideas and common sense, but a well-deserved kick in the teeth for the Republican Party and the neo-imperialist ideologues of the Project for a New American Century.

Interestingly, like George W Bush and Bill Clinton, Mr Obama has not led a life that is - for want of a better phrase - whiter than white.

Dubya wrestled with drink problems before becoming a born again Christian and devout neo-con. Meanwhile, Clinton smoked pot (but denied inhaling) and famously had a cock problem (in that he couldn't keep his in his trousers), and there's also the sex attack allegations that have yet to be refuted by the Clinton camp. [1]http://www.slate.com/id/2182065

Mr Obama dabbled with narcotics in his youth, a fact he is open and honest about. In his memoir, Dreams of My Father, he writes:

"Junkie. Pothead. That's where I'd been headed; the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man."

"...Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack though."

Of course, it doesn't matter that the president-elect was once partial to the occasional whiff of weasel dust. It's not as if he's going to be snorting charlie in the Oval Office.

However, the issue highlights the cowardice of politicians like David Cameron who claim the moral high ground while refusing to admit their own fallibility. When asked if he'd ever used class A drugs, Mr Cameron replied: "All I have said about my past ... is that what is in the past should remain private."

If our political masters just owned up to their past mistakes they'd come across more as human beings and less as typical, truth-bending, shit-spewing, automaton politicians.






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