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Michelle Obama Recounts Her Teen Marijuana Use In New Memoir


Former first lady Michelle Obama got candid in her new memoir, “Becoming,” which includes a brief admission that she smoked marijuana as a teen.

In the book, released Nov. 13, 2018, Obama reminisces about her youthful transgressions, at one point writing that she and a high school boyfriend named David “fooled around and smoked pot in his car.”

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the Neighborhood Ball for his inauguration ceremony Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington, D.C. In her memoir released Nov. 13, 2018, the former first lady wrote that she and the president had consumed marijuana. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne Day via Wikimedia Commons)

She doesn’t get much further into it than that. Though she does allude to a “looser, more wild” young Barack Obama in another section. As a teen, the future president “smoked pot in the lush volcanic foothills of Oahu,” she wrote.

In a recent interview, ABC News anchor Robin Roberts asked Obama about the admission.

“You even write about smoking pot,” Roberts said. “Now you didn’t go into great detail, but you could’ve left that out, so why’d you talk about it?”

“That was what I did,” Obama said. “That’s part of the ‘Becoming’ story.”

“Everybody had something that they had to work through, something that they were figuring out. Why would I hide that from the next generation?”

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