Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has joined Barack Obama in the list of major political figures who have admitted to cocaine use. While Rob Ford only admitted his cocaine use recently, Obama discussed his own cocaine abuse in his book Dreams From My Father.
“I had learned not to care,” he wrote. “I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though.”
Despite admitting cocaine use in his book, he later attempted to avoid the question when asked by a reporter.
State Sen. BARACK OBAMA, D-Chicago, who is running for U.S. Senate, didn’t tell all when recently asked about any past use of illegal drugs. I know that because I found out more information in a 1995 book by – guess who – Barack Obama.
Obama last week apologized for not telling me earlier about his past as portrayed in the book. He said I had caught him off guard with the drug question and that, at the time, he had not wanted to overshadow his story of that day – his endorsement by the Illinois Federation of Teachers.
On 60 Minutes, Obama mentioned that he had considered using heroin, but didn’t use it because he didn’t like the pusher who was selling it. Otherwise, he apparently would have used heroin.
Considering his occasional ambiguity of the subject, there is no way to be certain of when Obama stopped using drugs. His official exam does not mention a drug test, only mentions that he’s taking a nicotine patch of some sort.
In any case, it would appear that cocaine is becoming the new marijuana for politicians in their forties and fifties.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron was accused of cocaine use earlier in his life and effectively conceded it with a non-denial. Meanwhile the leader of the Canadian Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau, has admitted to marijuana use only three years ago.
Rob Ford’s situation is somewhat different since unlike most politicians he has admitted to using cocaine “on the job”, but it’s not entirely clear that this distinction even matters anymore.
Where exactly is the line supposed to be drawn when there are no longer any standards of values or character for politicians? If their adulterous affairs are their own private business and their past drug use is their own business, even though hard drugs are often addictive and permanently change the structure of the brain, why not let politicians smoke crack on the job?
Either we have standards or we don’t. Either politicians are supposed to reflect the morals of the people they represent or they need not have any morals at all. Attempting to have it both ways will never work.
Is the distinction here that crack cocaine is a ghetto drug, but if it were something more upscale that would be fine?
Rob Ford has admitted to using drugs. Unlike Justin Trudeau, he doesn’t seem to want to legalize them. Thank goodness for small favors.