Barack Obama used cocaine, according to his memoir. Not just experimented with it, but used it whenever he could afford it.
Fine. When he was young and foolish, he was young and foolish. That's why Tom Bevan says, anyway.
But before this is entirely dismissed, let's remember that in August of 1999, the question of George W. Bush's possible cocaine use (not "alleged," because no one ever came forward to say they had seen Bush use cocaine) was the political story. It was a classic feeding frenzy.
Why no feeding frenzy now? It's not as simple as, Bush is a Republican and Obama is a Democrat. It's that it is newsworthy when Republicans have been drug users because that is hypocrisy. Democrats are somehow not guilty of hypocrisy. Why? It is because of the implicit view that Democrats have no problem with drug use, including campaign use. They may say they do, but reporters know, or think they know, that Democrats don't really oppose cocaine use, so it's not hypocritical when they use cocaine.