Obama admits experimenting with drugs and alcohol in schoolNovember 21st, 2007 - 10:39 pm ICT by admin
London, Nov.21 (ANI): Democrat presidential contender Barack Obama has admitted to a group of high school students that he experimented with drugs and alcohol when he was in school.
After delivering a policy address on education at Manchester Central High School in New Hampshire, the Illinois Senator told students that “I made some bad decisions that I’ve actually written about.”
“There were times when I, you know, got into drinking, experimented with drugs. There was a whole stretch of time where I didn’t really apply myself a lot. Man, I wasted a lot of time in high school, the Daily Mail quoted him, as saying.
Jason Marcil, a senior and student council treasurer, praised Obama for his candour.
“I’m glad that he was honest about it. It’s obvious that, like, he’s learned from his mistakes. He’s been there. He knows what not to do,” Marcil said.
Obama, 46, wrote about his drinking and marijuana and cocaine use in his autobiography, “Dreams from My Father,” and has talked about it in interviews. But Tuesday appeared to be the first time he’s discussed it on the campaign trail, or in front of students, as a presidential candidate.
Obama did not tell the high schoolers what drugs he used. He also did not specifically urge them to abstain from drugs or explain the difficulty of kicking addictions.
Several New Hampshire voters said Obama deserves kudos for speaking honestly about his past.
During a campaign stop in Chicago, Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was asked if he thought Obama’s comments to the students were appropriate.
“I respect his honesty. One of the things that we need from our people that are running for office is not this pretense of perfection,” said Giuliani, who has faced questions about his divorces and family strife. “We’re all human beings.” (ANI)
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