Barack Obama is the first sitting President to be on the Tonight Show, the first to bravely show off his abs, and the first to hold a live Internet video chat. For the chat, held yesterday, The White House opened itself to questions from the general public and more than 100,000 were received. People then voted on which questions they wanted to hear Obama answer, and wouldn’t you know, one of the top inquiries they got was about legalizing pot.
The question posed asked whether legalizing marijuana might stimulate the economy by allowing the government to regulate and tax it. After realizing that that was one of the top questions on people’s minds, Obama joked, “I don’t know what this says about the online audience.” It says they cared enough to pause Pineapple Express for a half a second to send you a message, Barry! Take it as a compliment.
But Obama got stern when he firmly responded: “No, I don’t think that is a good strategy to grow the economy.” Later, the White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he thought maybe marijuana advocates had stuffed the online voting boxes to get their question heard, and Norml, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (we love a good acronym), admits that they did tell their supporters to “let the president know that millions of American voters believe that the time has come to tax and regulate marijuana.” Hey, maybe they just want to be taxed in advance because they know they won’t pay them in the future, like Method Man. [Source: NYTimes; Photo: AFP]