Presidential libraries, for the most part, are quiet places where researchers go to cross their T's and dot their I's before risking a professional reputation by actually publishing anything. The typical assumption is that the President in question is a former President, not a sitting one. Not so this time.
The bankers boxes piling up inside a well guarded Southwest DC warehouse can only mean one thing - whether he wants to or not, Barack Obama must face his own political endgame someday, perhaps sooner than later.
In the meantime, the undebatable question about cannabis is that it is not being debated at any visible level during this presidential election cycle, perhaps the most important historically since the election of William McKinley in 1896.
If Pres. Obama's reelection bid fails, he will be the first president to admit his recreational marijuana use in writing ("Intercepted!") and then go on to leave office, keeping the current prohibition in place and virtually guaranteeing criminal records and ruined lives for more generations of youth on the flimsiest of premises that cannabis sativa is an unnatural danger that must be stopped. Apparently, The Creator was in error when he created this plant.
As a former president, Mr. Obama will be handed his newspapers with big holes cut in them to protect his delicate sensibilities from stories about teenagers jailed or killed because of a plant that threatens the paper industry by being able to produce four times as much pulp per acre than a stand of trees, all without the use of chlorine bleach. This plant threatens many industries because it has so many uses - from biofuels to plastics to medicines to floor coverings to fabrics. All of these industries contribute heavily to political campaigns, which is why Pres. Obama terms discussion on cannabis legalization as "inappropriate".
For an administration which is struggling to produce jobs for Americans, the full legalization of the cannabis hemp industry, as it was during the time of George Washington "could have" put people back to work and regained the long-lost trust of law enforcement.
Candidate Romney, for his part, is in the process of collecting his papers to be part of a "Presidential Candidate Library", featuring the works of Harold Stassen, Adlai Stevenson, William Jennings Bryan and many others in case he loses. Kind of like a "Pro Bowl" appearance.
"I have a whole master carton of Charmin ready to go!" Romney said cheerfully.