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A Conversation with President Obama and The Wire Creator David Simon

“The way we treat non-violent drug crimes is problematic, and from a fiscal perspective, it’s breaking the bank.”

“It’s draconian, and it doesn’t work,” Simon told the president.

That was “The Wire” creator David Simon in a video posted to the White House YouTube channel about the war on drugs. Simon and President Barack Obama engaged in a candid, personal conversation.

Simon spent years as a Baltimore police reporter before he began writing for TV. His experience makes him uniquely qualified to have this kind of discussion.

There was something special about this meeting. After all, it’s not everyday that a sitting president invites someone to the White House to criticize a 44-year-old national policy.

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