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First Lady responds to Obama's pot Choom Gang

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Charlie Spiering

On the Daily Show last night, host Jon Stewart asked First Lady Michelle Obama about the recent stories revealed about her husband's youth, jokingly referring it to "a script out of a Cheech and Chong movie."

According to excerpts from a biography of the president by David Maraniss, a young Obama was the leader of a pot-smoking group called the "Choom Gang."

"Then when you met him did you put the kibosh? Were those seeds already sown and he was done?" asked Stewart.

The First Lady laughed and said the President had already changed by the time they met. "By the time he was in college, like so many young people, he realized that, you know, he could do more with his life," she said.

The First Lady praised her husband's mother for encouraging Barack as a young person  and "slapping him in the back of the head" to get his life together.

"I think when he lost his father, it was one of those click-in moments," she concluded. "He really buckled down, that's when he transferred schools, went to Colombia and that's when he got really serious really thinking about how to use his life for the fullest,"

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