What Honesty Sounds Like

Obama, today, before a High School crowd in Manchester:

I made some bad decisions that I've actually written about. You know, got into drinking. I experimented with drugs. There was a whole stretch of time that I didn't really apply myself a lot. It wasn't until I got out of high school and went to college that I started realizing, "Man, I wasted a lot of time."

He drank. He inhaled. He even snorted. He doesn't lie about it. Or prevaricate. He uses that experience not to demagogue drugs, but to talk about them honestly as a distraction... a barrier to becoming the man he eventually matured into.