Press Secretary Gibbs Attempts to Defend Obama’s Opposition to Taxing and Regulating Pot

If you thought President Barack Obama’s mocking response to the question of whether “taxing and regulating cannabis would raise revenue and reduce prohibition-associated violence” couldn’t be any worse, just listen to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stumble below.

Kudos to the reporters who held the White House’s feet to the fire on this one. First, Gibbs is asked: “When the President said he doesn’t think that legalizing marijuana would give the economy a boost was he giving a political answer or an economic answer? Does he have numbers to back (his position) up?”

The pained expression on Gibbs’ face says it all as he mumbles that, in fact, he is aware of no economic analyses — as in zip, nada — that support the President’s dismissive position. Naturally, we have numerous credible economic reports proving just the opposite. Perhaps Mr. Gibbs would like to review them here, here, here, and here.

Minutes later, the White House Press Secretary appears even more desperate for a place to hide when a second reporter asked Gibbs to articulate the reasons why the President refuses to consider the issue. Gibbs’ response is priceless.

“Uh, he, he does not think that, uh, uh, that that is uh, uh, [pause]he opposes it, he doesn’t think that that’s the, the right plan for America.”

And there you have it. Wow. Such a vapid response wouldn’t cut it if Gibbs was a third-grader standing in front of his classroom, no less the Press Secretary to the White House!

Keep in mind, both Obama and his press secretary knew in advance that they were going to publicly respond the question of taxing and regulating cannabis. They had at least 24 hours to prepare an articulate, rational, and substantive response. And yet the best response they could come up with was snickers and “uh.”

Are the final days of marijuana prohibition upon us? It sure looks that way from here.

– Article from The Huffington Post on March 31, 2009.



  1. Anonymous on

    obama will never legalize marijuana .hes not stupid he knows police would shoot him .they do not want to lose this incredible revenue sourse and will gladly kill to protect it .they are dispicable proffiteeres in human misery

  2. Anonymous on

    Obama has never supported recreational use of Marijuana and that is why many marijuana people did not like him before the election, he only said he supports state rights to make laws without disruption by the Federal Government, and he is the first president to admit he smoked marijuana and get high when he was young, now he is president.

    You have to start somewhere, and that is getting Medical Marijuana first, be real there is not just going to be legal recreational use Marijuana without having Medical Marijuana first especially in the USA with all the smear campaigns in the last 40 years against it and no real studies being allowed. Obama is not dumb enough to ruin his reputation with a hypothetical question, the laugh was just because he did not want to answer the question (marijuana people did not elect Obama alone, many different types of people elected him).

    Going to Holland where is is still illegal and only tolerated in certain areas of the country is not a solution because marijuana is getting less popular there by the day with them shutting down cafes.

    I voted for him, have to say he is 100 times better than Bush but I’m not happy with the raids in California. This latest article is just a joke, the republican smear campaign jumped on the bandwagon is all, they are getting ready for 2012 but if they pick Palin they lose not matter what.

  3. Anonymous on

    those tards just think its a bunch of high school kids voting a milliion times, i get really angry with the jokes and all the laughing. Gibss acts as if it’s a none issue. And one of the reportes even asks why the president answered it at the towm hall fuck ppl are stupid.

  4. Anonymous on

    i mean everytime they bring up the topic everyone laughs! it makes me so mad because more than half the people probably dont even know why there laughing. its almost like these fuckin people here the word marijuana and they cant help but laugh….be fuckin adults!!! Remember in grade school when the teacher would teach you about sex and it was immature to laugh at the dirty words! well thats how these politicians look every time they laugh at the word marijuana! show some respect and get your dinasour head out of your ass! im sick of this shit and i dont see the final days of prohibition anywhere! it seems to be getting further away with this and the unjust raid on the san fran med dispensary…..obama has been in office for 4 months and he is already letting us down. Its probably best for us all to pack up and move to the Netherlands. Atleast i wont feel like a criminal when i medicate myself anymore.Thats what the president needs is to see people leave this country for another for a change.