Video Surfaces of Malia Obama Allegedly Smoking Weed, Social Media Reacts

Video Surfaces of Malia Obama Allegedly Smoking Weed, Social Media Reacts

By McCarton Ackerman 08/12/16
The video of Malia "smoking pot" surfaced one week after she was caught on tape twerking at Lollapalooza.
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On Wednesday, Radar Online posted a cellphone video of Malia Obama, the 18-year-old daughter of President Barack Obama, smoking what appeared to be a joint. But the website’s reported “bombshell” was seen as a non-story, with Complex magazine summarizing the opinion of many by writing: “First daughters: they’re just like us.”

Twitter users roundly panned the gossip site for its coverage of the split-second footage of Malia "smoking pot." Celebrities also jumped into the fray, with Chris Rock going viral for writing: “If she's not careful she might end up winning 21 Olympic gold medals or becoming president of the USA.”

Even Republicans defended Malia’s alleged actions as normal behavior for someone her age. One conservative Twitter user said that he is “a republican who despises Obama but I couldn’t care less what Malia Obama does. I hope she DID inhale. Enjoy your youth, honey.” Others posted photos of the adult male children of Donald Trump posing next to dead animals they killed while on safari in Africa. One user tweeted, “Don’t even try to come for Malia Obama for smoking weed when this is what Donald Trump’s spawn are up to.”

The president readily admitted his teenage pot use in his memoir Dreams from My Father, but said he was going through an identity crisis and doesn't endorse marijuana use. However, he didn’t deny inhaling, telling a voter in 2008 that he didn’t understand Bill Clinton’s famous line "I didn't inhale." Obama said, “That was the point.”

His administration has been ramping up efforts to reduce the prison sentences of nonviolent drug offenders, including pot dealers. Many of the 562 people he has granted commutations to so far were serving excessively long sentences on non-violent drug-related charges.

“It just doesn’t make sense to require a nonviolent drug offender to serve 20 years, or in some cases, life, in prison. An excessive punishment like that doesn’t fit the crime. It’s not serving taxpayers, and it’s not making us safer," he wrote in a post on Medium.com in May. "As a country, we have to make sure that those who take responsibility for their mistakes are able to transition back to their communities. It’s the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do. And it’s something I will keep working to do as long as I hold this office."

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