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Willie Nelson Sparks Up Atop the White House
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Willie Nelson Sparks Up Atop the White House

Security at the White House is certainly tight, but it's no match for Willie Nelson. In a video interview with SiriusXM's Sam Roberts, the country icon and known toker admitted to smoking a joint on the roof of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue during Jimmy Carter's administration. The anecdote originally comes from Nelson's 1988 autobiography, Willie: An Autobiography, though Nelson elaborated on the tale in later interviews. When asked by Roberts if lighting a fat one on top of the White House made him feel like "a king," he replied pragmatically: "No, I was wondering how the fuck I'm going to get down."

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