During this election year First Lady Michelle Obama has come forward with some interesting views in dealing with the story of her husband’s life. From her account of Barack Obama’s life it appears he could have ended up being a lost soul just wasting his life away watching TV and doing drugs in some small dusty apartment with a menial low paying job if not for a major transformation in his life when he seized the opportunity to go to college. Nina Mandell has reported for the New York Daily News “Michelle Obama talks President’s pot smoking days on ‘Daily Show’.”
On Tuesday night in an appearance on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”, First Lady Michelle Obama said it took the President’s father dying and some motivation from his mother to get him on the right path. Michelle Obama said “By the time he was in college, like so many young people, he realized he could do more with his life.” Although Michelle Obama did not specifically discuss his drug use, the President admitted in his memoir to having smoked marijuana and using “a little blow.” And a new book by David Mariniss claims the President was a heavy partying marijuana smoker in his youth.
Michelle Obama has credited his parents with getting Barack Obama back on course. She commented “He had a mother that was saying ‘you’re so gifted, you’re so talented,’ and would slap him on the head and say ‘get yourself together.” Than after his father died Barack Obama grew up fast. Michelle Obama said “That was one of those click-in moments. And he really buckled down, he transferred schools, went to Columbia and thought about how to use life to the fullest.”
Michelle Obama has made some very interesting revelations which help us see a little deeper into who Barack Obama really is. This down to earth approach to dealing with the President’s controversial background could paradoxically draw more support for Barack Obama as a man who has seen and felt what life is really like on both sides of the street so to speak in America.
However, Barack Obama himself will have to understand if he wants to capitalize off of this new opportunity to gain more trust from more Americans who may be able to relate to him better now, he and his wife will have to fight the hypocritical trend in Washington, DC circles to refuse the average guy or gal on the streets an opportunity to get ahead in life because of similar negative experiences as Barack Obama himself experienced along the way. If together they can do this Michelle Obama will have proven in the long run to have been one of the President’s strongest assets in his political career.
Mandel News Service