Barack Obama has recalled the moment he was kicked out of Disneyland as a teenager for smoking on the theme park’s gondolas after a Kool & The Gang concert.
Speaking in Anaheim, California at a rally for Democratic congressional candidates, the former president joked that he was “ashamed” at his behavior.
“These were cigarettes, people. Terrible thing … but at the time I’m a teenager, I’m rebellious,” he said.
Alert: Obama may be reaching IDGAF phase. https://t.co/fylC55jJRr
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) September 8, 2018
“As we’re coming in, there are these two very large Disneyland police officers and they say, ‘Sir, can you come with us?’ and they escorted us out of Disneyland … This is a true story everybody. I was booted from the Magic Kingdom.”
Obama telling the story of getting booted from Disneyland for smoking cigarettes as a teenager is possibly the most humanizing thing from a politician I’ve ever heard.Loading...
— Michael McDevitt (@MikeMcDTweets) September 8, 2018
President Obama talking about Kool & the Gang and getting kicked out of Disneyland 😍😎 pic.twitter.com/w9cUJwjbnl
— La Femme Nikita (@nicolenavega) September 8, 2018
Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Robert Iger, tweeted on Saturday that Obama would always be welcomed back to the theme park “as long as he doesn’t smoke!”
@BarackObama just opened his speech in Anaheim with a story from his college years about getting kicked out of Disneyland for smoking cigarettes on a ride. "This is a true story everybody, I was booted from the Magic Kingdom!" He can always come back, as long as he doesn't smoke!
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) September 8, 2018