During a visit that Obama made to Oklahoma’s federal prison he admits that his past drug use is similar to the ‘mistakes’ that have landed hundreds of thousands of Americans behind bars.
Many think that Obama’s treasonous actions over the past few years should make him a permanent resident.
From the Daily Mail:
Obama’s visit to an Oklahoma federal prison on Thursday included a stunning admission: He considers his own past drug use to be similar to the ‘mistakes’ that have landed hundreds of thousands of Americans behind bars.
‘That’s what strikes me – there but for the grace of God,’ he said at the Federal Correctional Institution El Reno, according to a White House pool reporter. ‘And that is something that we all have to think about.’
After meeting with a half-dozen inmates, all of them in prison for drug offenses, the president told reporters that ‘visiting with these six individuals’ was the biggest eye-opener of his unprecedented trip.
‘When they describe their youth and their childhood, these are young people who made mistakes that aren’t that different from the mistakes I made, and the mistakes that a lot of you guys made,’ he told a gaggle of journalists.
Obama made news during his first presidential campaign when it was revealed that he used marijuana consistently during his teenage years, partaking of the illegal drug and even trying cocaine with a group of friends who called themselves the ‘Choom Gang.’
But on Thursday he reflected on his upbringing and concluded that the drug convicts he met ‘did not have the kind of support structures, the second chances, the resources that would allow them to survive those mistakes.’
In addition to hearing from a select few inmates, the president stepped inside cell number 123, a 9×10 foot concrete room that houses three men, although it was meant for one.
Inside he saw three bunks, sink and a toilet with no seat, a wood night table holding books including a dictionary, and a few metal cabinets according to VICE News.
Obama is beginning a push to reform America’s crime-and-punishment infrastructure, saying Thursday that ‘we have a tendency sometimes to almost take for granted, or think it’s normal, that so many young people end up in our criminal justice system.’
‘It’s not normal,’ he said. ‘It’s not what happens in other countries. What is normal is teenagers doing stupid things. What is normal is young people making mistakes.’
‘And,’ he added, ‘we’ve got to be able to distinguish between dangerous individuals who need to be incapacitated and incarcerated versus young people who, in an environment in which they are adapting but if given different opportunities, a different vision of life, could be thriving the way we are.’
Obama’s visit with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders marked the first time a sitting U.S. president has made such a trip to see the endpoint of federal prosecutions for himself.
El Reno, near Oklahoma City, is a medium-security prison for male offenders.
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