HBO Real Time host Bill Maher on Friday twice came down on the object of his affection and charity, Barack Obama.
After mocking the current White House resident for not knowing what the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department do, Maher ridiculed "our first pothead president" for escalating "the war on pot” (video follows with transcript and commentary):
BILL MAHER: Gay barriers fell when Americans realized gays are their neighbors, their friends, their family members, their co-workers. Certainly that must also be true of potheads. We all know at least one. In fact, I bet there's one pothead who you all know. [Displays picture of President Obama] Oh, not anymore. But here he is back in high school where his stoner posse the choom gang posing with a cake that I'm guessing didn't last long.
MAHER: And it makes me curious why he “evolved” so much on gay marriage but has escalated the war on pot. At the Correspondents' Dinner this year he joked, “I remember when Buzzfeed was something that I did in college around 2AM,” which killed in the room but perhaps not so funny to all the young lives ruined for doing the exact same thing he did back in Honolulu. A simple pot conviction can foreclose on opportunities to vote, get a job, go to college or qualify for housing.
How can our first black president and our first pothead president be aware of that and just look the other way? If anyone can say smoking pot can’t ruin your life, it’s the guy who smoked bales of it and then became leader of the free world.
Readers should be aware that I am by no means advocating pot legalization.
Instead, it is interesting that Maher is finally willing to point out his hero's hypocrisies.
On the other hand, the Real Time host was once again displaying some of his own.
Just a few weeks ago, Bill "The Second Amendment Is Bulls--t" Maher revealed that he owns two firearms - "one upstairs, one down" - while proudly stating, "As long as we live in the gun country, I ain’t giving up my gun."
In April, the Obama-supporting Maher said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's nanny state 'makes me want to join the Tea Party and marry Ann Coulter.'
A month earlier, Maher said that as a result of the high combined income taxes he pays as a California resident, "Liberals - you could actually lose me."
As such, Maher is willing to support a far-left president and a far-left Party EXCEPT when their policies negatively impact him.
Now THAT'S what I call hypocrisy.