President Obama Gets Surprisingly Personal, Opens Up About Getting High As A Troubled, Angry Youth

by
Owen Poindexter
“I didn’t have a dad in the house,” Mr. Obama said, "and I was angry about it, even though I didn’t necessarily realize it at the time. I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do."

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President Obama doesn't tend to dwell on his personal life, at least not in public, and he doesn't often focus on his race, preferring to simply be a symbol without pointing to what he symbolizes as the first African American president. Speaking before a group of young men of color, Obama changed his tune.

“I didn’t have a dad in the house,” Mr. Obama said, "and I was angry about it, even though I didn’t necessarily realize it at the time. I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. I didn’t always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short.”

Obama's remarks were to announce My Brother's Keeper, a $200 million, five-year initiative, to help boys and young men of color.

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