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Breaking: Romney apologizes for high-school pranks
Hotair ^ | 05/10/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 05/10/2012 8:50:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Thankfully, our long national nightmare is over:

Mitt Romney apologized on Thursday morning for pranks he helped orchestrate in high school that he said “might have gone too far,” including an incident in which he pinned down a fellow student and cut his hair.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee was responding to an article published a few hours earlier by The Washington Post documenting the episode with first-hand accounts from Romney’s classmates.

“Back in high school, I did some dumb things and if anybody was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize for that,” Romney said in a live radio interview with Fox News Channel personality Brian Kilmeade. Romney added: “I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school and some might have gone too far and for that, I apologize.”

Romney’s campaign hastily scheduled the radio interview for the candidate to call in from Omaha, where he is holding a campaign event later Wednesday, to respond to The Post’s report.

Politically speaking, this was the smart thing to do. Other campaigns would have tried challenging the veracity of the stories and/or the motives of the witnesses, but that’s a losing proposition. The more a campaign debates those points, the longer the story goes, and the more legitimacy it has in the media. Instead, the Romney campaign made it an old story before it began to grow legs by just expressing remorse over any cruelty that may have taken place in high school.

I eagerly await the next set of stories about how in middle school Romney refused to give cuts in line to kids from low-income families, or how he shamelessly violated the “exies-no-erasies” rule in elementary school with his female classmates.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: apology; bloggers; braking; pranks; prepschoolprank; romney; romney2012; romneyrecord; romneytruthfile; teens
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1 posted on 05/10/2012 8:50:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

For those who don’t know what the high school prank was, here’s Ed Morrissey explaining it:

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/05/10/cutting-edge-reporting-from-wapo-lets-take-an-in-depth-look-at-romneys-cruel-high-school-pranks/

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I guess the Washington Post ran out of stories based on Seamus the Roof-Ridin’ Dog. Despite demonstrating zero curiosity over Barack Obama’s college transcripts to check on just how brilliant the academic actually was, the Post now has a big expose on Mitt Romney’s high school career as … a practical joker:

“Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.

“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.

A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

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That is a pretty cruel prank. It’s one reason not to vote for a teenager for President. It’s not a story that will cover Romney in glory, but this took place almost half a century ago.


2 posted on 05/10/2012 8:52:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

3 posted on 05/10/2012 8:53:43 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: SeekAndFind

Has Romney apologized for “TANKING” Massachusetts?

Instituting endless fees?

Putting in Murderer-freeing judges?

Apologized for RomneyCARE?

Oh? Not so much.


4 posted on 05/10/2012 8:53:43 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

Now, if he would take the apology one step further and withdraw from the GOP race, we might get somewhere.


5 posted on 05/10/2012 8:53:59 AM PDT by Ingtar ("As the light begins to fade in the city on the hill")
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes and the story goes well with their reporting on Obama’s extensive drug use and .... Oh, never mind.


6 posted on 05/10/2012 8:54:28 AM PDT by Williams (Nobama)
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To: SeekAndFind
What about grade school!! Has he apologized for dipping Susie's pig tail in the ink well?

See the double standard here? Obama can sit in a hate-filled church for 20 years and make financial contributions. And Obama can HIDE all his school records, but Romney needs to explain pranks from high school!

7 posted on 05/10/2012 8:55:33 AM PDT by Obadiah (Resist we much!)
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To: SeekAndFind
That is a pretty cruel prank.

Cruel prank or not, it's pretty obvious that Romney wasn't some let-it-all-hang-out libertine.

8 posted on 05/10/2012 8:55:48 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That settles it................ Romney’s got my vote!


9 posted on 05/10/2012 8:56:03 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Once a Bully Always a Bully.


10 posted on 05/10/2012 8:56:17 AM PDT by Orange1998
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To: SeekAndFind

So when will we hear the dirt on O’suckyObummer? Wasn’t he an elite pot smokin, cocaine snorting, private school in Hawaii, Franklin Davis pupil?


11 posted on 05/10/2012 8:56:28 AM PDT by Squat (Deport the illegals now! Turn Home Depot's into the prisons to hold the illegals!.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Tell us again Mitty, how you really don't hate poor people, even when you're firing them.

Wait till after your coronation flop horse. The EnemaMedia is going to splash it every where.

And you'll still probably win.

12 posted on 05/10/2012 8:56:28 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: SeekAndFind; Impy; Clintonfatigued

Is this a joke?

Really?

Obama needs to apologize for EATING DOG!!!


13 posted on 05/10/2012 8:56:51 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The stench of Earth Pimp-age is permeating over the internet...)
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To: SeekAndFind

This story finds a nice bookend with the NYT’s front page effort to portray George H Bush as a war criminal during WWII, because his diary indicated he strafed some Japanese after sinking their ship.


14 posted on 05/10/2012 8:56:51 AM PDT by Williams (Nobama)
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To: Williams

In case one wonders how the Washington Post just happened to stumble onto this story, it’s pretty clear after you read it:

The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another. Four of them — Friedemann, now a dentist; Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer; Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor; and David Seed, a retired principal — spoke on the record. Another former student who witnessed the incident asked not to be named. The men have differing political affiliations, although they mostly lean Democratic.

Buford volunteered for Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. Seed, a registered independent, has served as a Republican county chairman in Michigan. All of them said that politics in no way colored their recollections.

You don’t suppose that Buford might have passed that story along to campaign leadership in case Romney won the nomination or got picked to be John McCain’s running mate, do you? Naaaaaah. I’m sure the Post got this story by perusing student records from Cranbrook and cold-calling everyone who went to school with Romney in that time.

In the meantime, the WaPo exhibits absolutely ZERO INTEREST in Obama’s past. No interest in his college days, his transcripts, what he wrote in school, etc.


15 posted on 05/10/2012 8:57:10 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

High school pranks are so much more important than leftists wrecking American society.


16 posted on 05/10/2012 8:57:42 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: Orange1998

Not true... I flushed my best friend’s shoe down the toilet one day (or tried) — as a prank, in 10th grade. We are still great friends even now, 40 years later!


17 posted on 05/10/2012 8:58:43 AM PDT by GizzyGirl
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18 posted on 05/10/2012 8:58:48 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: SeekAndFind
Hmmm. Implied that Romeny was/is homophobe = current bigot/hater.

Obviously orchestrated with Zero's evolution coming out yesterday.

Romney needs to respond with a strong defense of traditional man-woman marriage.

Apology is the wrong way to go with this. Romney's campaign has been pretty deft until now. They need to immediately go on the attack.

19 posted on 05/10/2012 8:59:00 AM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: Michael.SF.

I hope you are joking.


20 posted on 05/10/2012 8:59:40 AM PDT by hitchwolf
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To: SeekAndFind

How did he evade prison after all these years?


21 posted on 05/10/2012 8:59:58 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not apologizing for mine. The nuns....nevermind


22 posted on 05/10/2012 9:00:04 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess I can never run for President considering the pranks I did in college—brought a bunch of geese into the school’s indoor swimming pool, hid a pair of dirty underwear in the bottom of a guy’s cereal box, put knives in the spines of the hymn books so during chapel when everyone was asked to open their books a thousand knives all fell to the ground at once.


23 posted on 05/10/2012 9:00:24 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh, good grief. No ones cares what you did in high school or elementary school or pre school......what a flipping wimp.


24 posted on 05/10/2012 9:00:35 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Diogenesis
Your posts are the most pathetic I've seen here the past few years.

Obama thanks you

25 posted on 05/10/2012 9:01:13 AM PDT by NE Cons
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To: SeekAndFind

Kids will be kids.

The Bible even says so.

When I was a child, I etc etc.......

But as a man, I put away childish things.

Quote from Paul the Apostle.

I would have said it isn’t relevant exactly because of that, and I wouldn’t have apologized, today, in a presidenial campaign, for an irrelevancy.

Now, about that Romneycare...


26 posted on 05/10/2012 9:01:59 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: SeekAndFind
Did he apologize to his mom for pooping his diaper when a baby?
27 posted on 05/10/2012 9:02:17 AM PDT by THE_RAIDER (I'm supposed to be more angry about what Romney does with his money than what Obama does with mine)
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To: SeekAndFind

You gotta do what you gotta do to get your Temple Recommend. If Heavenly Father needs me to chastise some backslider who missed services a few weeks in a row, then that’s what I gotta do.


28 posted on 05/10/2012 9:02:36 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Cheney/Rumsfeld 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind
Notice Obama has never, ever apologized for anything...
29 posted on 05/10/2012 9:02:51 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... so should voting!)
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To: NE Cons

It just escalated to Gay Bashing on the local news.


30 posted on 05/10/2012 9:02:59 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Martin Tell

“Obviously orchestrated with Zero’s evolution coming out yesterday.”

What else is there to say? But it won’t change the final outcome.


31 posted on 05/10/2012 9:03:29 AM PDT by adc
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To: SeekAndFind

Since we’re going back to high school on Romney, can we please see obama’s college transcripts? RELEASE THEM NOW. All of them.


32 posted on 05/10/2012 9:03:51 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: SeekAndFind

Somebody needs to have a word with his handlers. Making Mittens more human is not done by making him a metrosexual, pandering, libtard. He already owns that label. The people who make the nation run would prefer someone who did make waves and kicked butt on the appeasers.


33 posted on 05/10/2012 9:04:16 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I bet this “hair bullying” will get air play... the whole country seems to be on an anti-bullying kick these days.

Now he will be described as a Bullying 1%er...


34 posted on 05/10/2012 9:08:48 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ("I'm comfortable with a Romney win." - Pres. Jimmy Carter)
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To: GizzyGirl
We are still great friends even now, 40 years later!

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Watch your back.
35 posted on 05/10/2012 9:08:56 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: popdonnelly

High school pranks are so much more important than leftists wrecking American society.
________________________

Definitely! A Marxist that admitted he smoked weed, did a little blow when he had money to buy it and said he hung out with the other Marxist students is a far better choice. GO O!!


36 posted on 05/10/2012 9:08:59 AM PDT by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Please tell me this is satire.


37 posted on 05/10/2012 9:09:33 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: ScottinVA
Notice Obama has never, ever apologized for anything...

Noe that's just not true. Give the devil his due. Obama never gets tired of apologizing for America's sins and transgressions.

38 posted on 05/10/2012 9:10:15 AM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think this story will actually do his image good.


39 posted on 05/10/2012 9:10:23 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: MNDude

A+!


40 posted on 05/10/2012 9:10:27 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: GOPsterinMA
Is this a joke?
Really?
Obama needs to apologize for EATING DOG!!!


In a perfect universe, the dog (or dogs) would have eaten 0bama.
41 posted on 05/10/2012 9:10:41 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: TomGuy
We are still great friends even now, 40 years later! Revenge is a dish best served cold. Watch your back.

"You Gunky!"

42 posted on 05/10/2012 9:11:02 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: ScottinVA

“Notice Obama has never, ever apologized for anything...”

Sure he has:
http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=8867


43 posted on 05/10/2012 9:11:02 AM PDT by tumblindice (Put some ice on it Dick. La Raza is looking for a good lobbyist.)
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To: NE Cons

NE Cons
Since May 7, 2012

Get lost, n00b. Willard jock-sniffers aren’t welcome here.


44 posted on 05/10/2012 9:11:02 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: SeekAndFind

That does it, he just got a bunch of youth votes. College kids can totally identify with this.


45 posted on 05/10/2012 9:11:27 AM PDT by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
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To: Martin Tell
Whoops, should be "Now," not "Noe."

I apologize for my fat fingers.

Oh Noe!

46 posted on 05/10/2012 9:11:46 AM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: MNDude

I played “Smear the Queer” in Elementary School, so I’m out.


47 posted on 05/10/2012 9:12:11 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wish Romney would tackle Axelrod and cut his “Hitler” comb-over.


48 posted on 05/10/2012 9:12:23 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: SeekAndFind

1. I liked “W”’s approach best: “When I was young and foolish, I was young and foolish”. And he left it at that.

2. In the current public school concern about bullying, I have wondered what typically happens to all the bullies when they grew up? Did they ever apologize or improve? I think it is heartening to know that Romney remembers having been mean to that kid and regrets it. I don’t really care one way or the other how it affects him as a campaigner.


49 posted on 05/10/2012 9:14:08 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow man. That's heavy.

50 posted on 05/10/2012 9:14:34 AM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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