Skip to comments.Breaking: Romney apologizes for high-school pranks
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 Romneys 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.
Romneys 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 Posts 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.
For those who don’t know what the high school prank was, here’s Ed Morrissey explaining it:
I guess the Washington Post ran out of stories based on Seamus the Roof-Ridin Dog. Despite demonstrating zero curiosity over Barack Obamas college transcripts to check on just how brilliant the academic actually was, the Post now has a big expose on Mitt Romneys 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 wasnt having it.
He cant look like that. Thats wrong. Just look at him! an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemanns recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Laubers look, Friedemann recalled.
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the schools collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Laubers 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.
That is a pretty cruel prank. Its one reason not to vote for a teenager for President. Its not a story that will cover Romney in glory, but this took place almost half a century ago.
Has Romney apologized for “TANKING” Massachusetts?
Instituting endless fees?
Putting in Murderer-freeing judges?
Apologized for RomneyCARE?
Oh? Not so much.
Now, if he would take the apology one step further and withdraw from the GOP race, we might get somewhere.
Yes and the story goes well with their reporting on Obama’s extensive drug use and .... Oh, never mind.
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!
Cruel prank or not, it's pretty obvious that Romney wasn't some let-it-all-hang-out libertine.
That settles it................ Romney’s got my vote!
Once a Bully Always a Bully.
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?
Wait till after your coronation flop horse. The EnemaMedia is going to splash it every where.
And you'll still probably win.
Is this a joke?
Obama needs to apologize for EATING DOG!!!
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.
In case one wonders how the Washington Post just happened to stumble onto this story, its 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 Obamas 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 dont suppose that Buford might have passed that story along to campaign leadership in case Romney won the nomination or got picked to be John McCains running mate, do you? Naaaaaah. Im 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.
High school pranks are so much more important than leftists wrecking American society.
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!
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The Republic you save may be your own.
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.
I hope you are joking.
How did he evade prison after all these years?
I’m not apologizing for mine. The nuns....nevermind
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.
Oh, good grief. No ones cares what you did in high school or elementary school or pre school......what a flipping wimp.
Obama thanks you
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...
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.
It just escalated to Gay Bashing on the local news.
“Obviously orchestrated with Zero’s evolution coming out yesterday.”
What else is there to say? But it won’t change the final outcome.
Since we’re going back to high school on Romney, can we please see obama’s college transcripts? RELEASE THEM NOW. All of them.
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.
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...
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!!
Please tell me this is satire.
Noe that's just not true. Give the devil his due. Obama never gets tired of apologizing for America's sins and transgressions.
I think this story will actually do his image good.
“Notice Obama has never, ever apologized for anything...”
Sure he has:
Since May 7, 2012
Get lost, n00b. Willard jock-sniffers aren’t welcome here.
That does it, he just got a bunch of youth votes. College kids can totally identify with this.
I apologize for my fat fingers.
I played “Smear the Queer” in Elementary School, so I’m out.
I wish Romney would tackle Axelrod and cut his “Hitler” comb-over.
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.
Wow man. That's heavy.
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