The former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, criticized U.S. President Barack Obama Friday for having done drugs in his past. What one of the leading members of the Tea Party movement failed to mention is that she, too, used drugs.
Palin, who quit her post as Governor before her first term was up and wrote a book, was speaking in Las Vegas at the RightOnline Conference to a group of conservative bloggers. Referring to the U.S. President, she called him "that pakalolo smoking" (pakalolo is a Hawaiian word for marijuana) and "cocaine snorting" Obama. Obama has admitted to drug usage as a young man.
She also talked about how citizen journalists can and must find the truth and that even if harmful to conservatives, reveal it. However, though she'd criticized Obama for having used drugs, and made sport of him in a mocking tone, she did not then mention her admitted usage of marijuana, nor did she reference reports she and husband Todd Palin snorted cocaine off of a 55 gallon oil drum during a snowmobiling trip in Alaska.
Sarah Palin: Admitted using drugs
A book by Joe McGinniss, a reporter who moved in next door to the Palins in Alaska as he wrote The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, contains the story of Palin and her husband snorting cocaine from the oil drum. McGinniss said there are no shortage of witnesses and while Todd Palin criticized McGinniss' methods of obtaining information, he did not specifically deny he and his wife used cocaine. Digital Journal was unable to find any reference to Sarah Palin denying she used cocaine.
The McGinniss book also has accusations she had a one-night stand with former NBA star Glen Rice - while with Todd and 9 months before the two eloped when she became pregnant - and an affair with her husband's one-time business partner, Brad Hanson. Rice, who met her during a basketball tournament she was covering as a sports reporter, has declined to comment directly on the story other than to call Palin a "sweetheart." Hanson has strongly denied he and Sarah Palin had an affair.
Barack Obama has also admitted to having used drugs. In his 1995 book, Dreams From My Father,Obama said he smoked marijuana and did "maybe a little blow". During an interview at a 2006 meeting in New York with American Society of Magazine Editors he admitted he "inhaled" when he used marijuana.
In her speech, Palin lauded citizen journalists for their search for truth. “New media has become a force for activism and information. You do what too many people in the old media won’t do, can’t do, and that’s tell the truth."