Source for WaPo’s Romney hit piece: Actually, I wasn’t present during the prank

posted at 4:46 pm on May 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Matt Lewis, here’s the dilemma for Romney. As sleazy and pitiful as that WaPo piece was, how much effort do you want to put into countering it? If you ignore it, it’ll be consumed by the next sleazy, pitiful, distracting news cycle in a day or two. If you start squabbling over it, which it sounds like they’re preparing to do, it extends the story’s shelf life and maybe helps it reach low-information voters who will otherwise be hibernating until September.

Tough call:

White, in an interview with ABC News, said that he is “still debating” whether he will help the campaign, remarking, “It’s been a long time since we’ve been pals.” While the Post reports White as having “long been bothered” by the haircutting incident,” he told ABC News he was not present for the prank, in which Romney is said to have forcefully cut a student’s long hair and was not aware of it until this year when he was contacted by the Washington Post.

According to White, he knows of several other classmates that have also been approached by the campaign to counter the article. White declined to name the fellow classmates.

But then there’s this:

One former classmate and old friend of Romney’s – who refused to be identified by name – said there are “a lot of guys” who went to Cranbrook who have “really negative memories” of Romney’s behavior in the dorms, behavior this classmate describes as “evil” and “like Lord of the Flies.”

I thought we were going to spend the next six months having a dumb conversation about whether Romney’s too rich and square and “out of touch” to get the economy back on track. But no, between this and the mind-numbingly stupid Seamus attacks, we’re actually going to have a dumb conversation about whether Romney was some sort of psycho several decades ago. So maybe it is worth pushing back, just because there’s apparently more water left in this story still to be carried for O.

Since our media is terrible and juvenile and therefore, to a great extent, so is our politics, I guess we have to play ball and note the instances of bullying, some petty and some a bit less so, in O’s book. Luckily he grew up, matured, and learned a valuable lesson: When you want to push someone around, get one of your political cronies to do it for you so that you can stay “above the fray” and “post-partisan.” Take a memo, Mitt.


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The media isn’t “terrible”, “juvenile”, or “evil”. Just cattle doing what cattle do.

Limerick on May 10, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Straight up, that’s why the populace have such a high opinion of the MSM’s credibility/

What is the current approval rating of the Media? Is it in the double digits?

Dr Evil on May 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Bless his heart, our little innocent child president. Explain twenty years of Rev. Wright.

Cindy Munford on May 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

a Republican bigot? what a shock

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

…what a shock…the DumbAzz woke up!

KOOLAID2 on May 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

well, since republicans were hoping to spend to next few months talking about what obama did as an 8-year old and his college girlfriends, it serves you right that we end up talking about romney’s hate crimes when he was a homophobic high school bully.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I know it. That might be almost as bad as a president who bullies little girls, breaks friends bones for a laugh and spent his high school days in a drug induced haze.

And eats dog.

Thankfully Romney has done none of those things. I would hate to think we might have a president who did. Especially the dog eating part.

Are you guys mad yet at the dipsh!t leftist who started this awesome backfiring trend by bringing up Seamus?

NotCoach on May 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

The wall paper on my computer is a picture of Obama with a dubie. By his own admission he used coke and sold it. I am sure Romney does not haze classmates any longer, not so sure about Obama’s drug use. I’ll bet you can find B.H. out back blowing smoke (crack) rings.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on May 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

If you ignore it, it’ll be consumed by the next sleazy, pitiful, distracting news cycle in a day or two. If you start squabbling over it, which it sounds like they’re preparing to do, it extends the story’s shelf life and maybe helps it reach low-information voters who will otherwise be hibernating until September.

Yep.

Which is why Romney was an idiot to respond to this. Even apologizing before all the facts and sources were known?

Dumb.

Norwegian on May 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Let’s see if I got this straight:

Stories of Romney’s youth are fair game for criticism, even though the main source wasn’t present to witness the act…

The MSM is the enemy.

Weight of Glory on May 10, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Not to defend the whole article, which is more than a little National Enquirer-ish, but White was not the main source for the article. The article says there were 5 sources for the story, four of whom are named, including a former Republican county chair:

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.

“It happened very quickly, and to this day it troubles me,” said Buford, the school’s wrestling champion, who said he joined Romney in restraining Lauber. Buford subsequently apologized to Lauber, who was “terrified,” he said. “What a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do.”

“It was a hack job,” recalled Maxwell, a childhood friend of Romney who was in the dorm room when the incident occurred. “It was vicious.”

“He was just easy pickins,” said Friedemann, then the student prefect, or student authority leader of Stevens Hall, expressing remorse about his failure to stop it.

The incident transpired in a flash, and Friedemann said Romney then led his cheering schoolmates back to his bay-windowed room in Stevens Hall.

cam2 on May 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

As sleazy and pitiful as that WaPo piece was, how much effort do you want to put into countering it?

that’s what i was saying in the earlier thread. romney shouldn’t have taken this so seriously and apologized for it. all he did was make wapo’s story look more important and legitimate.

One former classmate and old friend of Romney’s – who refused to be identified by name – said there are “a lot of guys” who went to Cranbrook who have “really negative memories” of Romney’s behavior in the dorms, behavior this classmate describes as “evil” and “like Lord of the Flies.”

lord of the flies?!! lol!! you don’t think you’re exaggerating just a bit there?

Sachiko on May 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

The Dems have been laying the basis for campaign traps for Romney for the past four years. Anti-bullying, war on women, “we are the 99%”, all just waiting for the Repubs to nominate this guy. “Only candidate who can win” my left foot. “Only candidate who could lose in this environment” is more like it.

Carry on.

alwaysfiredup on May 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Hey, aren’t you the guy who told us that he teaches his kids to hate all Republicans?

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM

no i tell my nieces and nephew that Republicans are selfish, warmongering, gun-crazy, homophobic, racist, hypocritical religious bigots, which is all true. Nothing I have read here has taught me otherwise.

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

lord of the flies?!! lol!! you don’t think you’re exaggerating just a bit there?

Sachiko on May 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Well, no, because that’s what boys prep schools of that era were all like. It’s not surprising to anyone who went there. What is worth an eye-roll is the suggestion that the attitude was exclusive to Mitt, or that his behavior was out of the norm in any way.

alwaysfiredup on May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

WaPo is bringing this stuff out way too early. Can’t leave time for it to be disproved before the election like that. Get with it!

iurockhead on May 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Blame Biden. All of this distraction nonsense has come out MUCH sooner than it should have, or that the Obama campaign and the media wanted. Your average voter simply isn’t paying attention right now. But events have forced the timing and these little character-defining memes are being rapidly rendered useless.

The only thing the average voter will hear (or remember) by October is that Romney cut some kid’s hair, and Obama broke some kid’s arm and shoved some girl around.

Oh, and that Obama eats dogs.

And that the economy is worse than ever. Which I suspect that will be the deciding point for a majority of average voters.

de rigueur on May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

well, since republicans were hoping to spend to next few months talking about what obama did as an 8-year old and his college girlfriends, it serves you right that we end up talking about romney’s hate crimes when he was a homophobic high school bully.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

It’s already debunked. The source is bogus.

Too bad the witness against Obama’s assault on a young girl is… Obama.

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

cam2 on May 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Yes, but how do you square that Mr. White has been “long bothered” about an incident he just heard about this year from the Washington Post? That doesn’t even pass the laugh test.

Cindy Munford on May 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Not the first time the Post (and the NYT) has tried to grow a giant-beanstalk-scandal out of a few suspicious beans: John McCain lobbyist controversy.
Same song, second verse.
Judging by the length of the original article, this story was put together some time ago, and the WaPo editors kept it laying around waiting for a good opportunity to attack Romney for being a life-long homophobe.
So kind of President Obama to give them an excuse.

AesopFan on May 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

no i tell my nieces and nephew that Republicans are selfish, warmongering, gun-crazy, homophobic, racist, hypocritical religious bigots, which is all true. Nothing I have read here has taught me otherwise.

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

So, what you are saying, is that every single Republican is evil, correct?

No exceptions, right?

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Bless his heart, our little innocent child president. Explain twenty years of Rev. Wright.

Cindy Munford on May 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

irrelevant, according to a clear majority of voters.

but romney is different, he’s just weird. the more you know about him, the more you realize how much he’s like an inbred, degenerate aristocrat, the weirder he gets.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

This does mean that Mr. Obama’s school-days are now fair game, right?

AesopFan on May 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

irrelevant, according to a clear majority of voters.

but romney is different, he’s just weird. the more you know about him, the more you realize how much he’s like an inbred, degenerate aristocrat, the weirder he gets.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Haha. It must be true! Because you’ve shown what an open mind you have towards anyone you don’t know you already agree with.

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

So, what you are saying, is that every single Republican is evil, correct?

No exceptions, right?

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I’m talking about the party as a whole. why would i ever advocate to vote for the same candidate that those people would?

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Yep.

Which is why Romney was an idiot to respond to this. Even apologizing before all the facts and sources were known?

Dumb.

Norwegian on May 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I don’t think so the campaign seems to have decide on a fast response policy. Nipping the media “assaults” in the bud before they can finish shaping the perception in this case Romney is supposedly a homophobic bully. I guess Romney decided he would just diffuse this one with a generic apology. There are people I guess who vote based on “rumor” and “gossip” they are called democrats, they aren’t going to vote for Romney anyway.

Dr Evil on May 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

I bet Rush will be on fire tomorrow with the fact that the sad little leftists at WaPo who had to lie to give their story a little more meat.

Leftists lie…I’m shocked

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/05/10/Retracto-Romney-Bully

Because Mr. White had not been aware of the incident until this year, it was inaccurate and misleading for the Washington Post to report he had “long been bothered” by the incident

but if the leftists are already pushing these type of stories now, what will they have in Oct.? The McCain hit piece was held until late in the cycle. They much have a doozy in store this time

r keller on May 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Wow. So the WaPo put out a “fake but accurate” hit piece. Is the economy on the front page? How about today’s jobs report? How many people lost their jobs?

dogsoldier on May 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

The headline is wrong. White is not listed as one of the five sources for the WaPo piece, although he is quoted, and misleadingly described as having “long been bothered by the incident”. Lewis does not describe White as a source, either.

Mr. Arkadin on May 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

WaPo is bringing this stuff out way too early. Can’t leave time for it to be disproved before the election like that. Get with it!

Unsubstantiated rumors of a Romney affair expected, what, September or so?

iurockhead on May 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Three points-

First this is just the appetizer not the main course. Doesn’t matter if it is disproved. If you read the 11-page WaPo article you’d see it was all innuendo and nothing that could catagorically be proved or disproved. Very “convenient” that the alleged victim died of cancer in 2004.

Secondly, because Romney is a Mormon who has been married to the same woman for decades, it will not be unsubstantiated rumors of an affair it will be something tied into polygamy and/or Romney’s faith. This will be designed to peel off evangelicals who already are unhappy that Romney is a member of the LDS.

Finally, I don’t think these tactics are going to work. Kerry blew up this tactic with his “fortunate son” campaign tied to Rather’s fake memos. And also, because the big hit on Romney’s character is that he is too stiff and boring. Tales like this make Romney seem more human if his campaign effectively uses them and doesn’t go into overdrive to refute the vague allegations.

The Obama people who launched the WaPo article want you to see a prep school bully who preyed on an allegedly gay student. The reality is that they undermined the idea that Romney has led a favored life which included going to an affluent high school where he was a prankster. Nevermind that the media ignores the fact that Obama went to an equally affluent high school where he was using cocaine and drinking instead of going to class. These kinds of attacks can be used to make Romney look more human.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

no i tell my nieces and nephew that Republicans are selfish, warmongering, gun-crazy, homophobic, racist, hypocritical religious bigots, which is all true. Nothing I have read here has taught me otherwise.

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Well, of course not; that’s why you and your fellow Obama Party bigot gays call for Republicans to be murdered.

Seriously, though, you call for people to be murdered because you disagree with them politically. Ever thought of getting checked out?

northdallasthirty on May 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Since our media is terrible and juvenile and therefore, to a great extent, so is our politics, I guess we have to play ball and note the instances of bullying, some petty and some a bit less so, in O’s book.

Why don’t we start with his disgraceful treatment of Gerald Walpin – for doing his job.

Basilsbest on May 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

It’s already debunked. The source is bogus.

Too bad the witness against Obama’s assault on a young girl is… Obama.

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

sadly, no.

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.

The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Yes, but how do you square that Mr. White has been “long bothered” about an incident he just heard about this year from the Washington Post? That doesn’t even pass the laugh test.

Cindy Munford on May 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I agree, that makes no sense. The reporter probably mis-attributed a quote from one of the other interviewees.

cam2 on May 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I’m talking about the party as a whole. why would i ever advocate to vote for the same candidate that those people would?

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

SO everyone in the party is evil, correct?

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

The trolls at HA are the nicest, most tolerant people I’ve ever known.

(Do I really need a sarc tag?!)

pookysgirl on May 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Because you’ve shown what an open mind you have towards anyone you don’t know you already agree with.

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

lead by example.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

So anyone who doesn’t agree with you is not only wrong but evil? Lucky you.

Cindy Munford on May 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM

The media wants to paint a picture of how evil Romney is– Seamus in a crate on the car roof 30 years ago and allegedly cutting some kids hair 50 years ago. So, the inane meme is that Romney was evil as an immature young man. So was cocaine smokin’, America and capitalism hating Barry, but he’s never grown out of it. He’s doubled down on hate and his current pranks include Obamacare and the endless war on America.

Slainte on May 10, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Let’s face it,every spec of dirt about Romney has already been dug by the investigative media . In the months to come the specs will become clods to be thrown and by October it will be an avalanche .

jtgun on May 10, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I agree, that makes no sense. The reporter probably mis-attributed a quote from one of the other interviewees.

cam2 on May 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I’m sure there is all kinds of stuff in that article the reporter had trouble keeping straight.

Dr Evil on May 10, 2012 at 6:03 PM

SO everyone in the party is evil, correct?

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

if this site is any indication then I’d say 90% and now that includes Willard himself.

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 6:04 PM

The wall paper on my computer is a picture of Obama with a dubie.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on May 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Why?

My wallpaper comes from my last vacation. I cannot even listen to Obama let alone see him when I turn on my computer.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2012 at 6:04 PM

AesopFan on May 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Don’t forget about the “racist rock”, LOL

bluefox on May 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

no i tell my nieces and nephew that Republicans are selfish, warmongering, gun-crazy, homophobic, racist, hypocritical religious bigots, which is all true. Nothing I have read here has taught me otherwise.

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

troll bait much?

r keller on May 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

if this site is any indication then I’d say 90% and now that includes Willard himself.

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 6:04 PM

So then NOT all of them? Which is it?

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 6:06 PM

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

No, just more of the double standard practiced today that blurs the destructive nature of the policies of the name callers. The government cannot continue to buy its’ way out of it trouble with money that the people don’t have. WE are the only source of revenue and that fact is overlooked on a constant basis. So while we are playing these stupid tit for tat name calling juvenile games, we fail to have our fiscal course righted. And right is the operative word here.

Cindy Munford on May 10, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Does the Obama campaign really want to have a “who’s youth was more misspent” fight?

FuzzyLogic on May 10, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Yes.

Obama can win that one, based on the mass media refusing to report or even discover anything negative about him, while it amplifies any negative it can find or even imagine about Mitt Romney, acting in coordination with Obama’s current talking points. (The homophobic haircut story illustrates how that works.)

It’s less clear how Obama wins a debate on whether the economy has been booming, the debt declining and employment rising. So that is the discussion Mitt wants to have and Barack wants to avoid.

David Blue on May 10, 2012 at 6:06 PM

if this site is any indication then I’d say 90% and now that includes Willard himself.

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 6:04 PM

What tipped you off?

Dr Evil on May 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

no i tell my nieces and nephew that Republicans are selfish, warmongering, gun-crazy, homophobic, racist, hypocritical religious bigots, which is all true. Nothing I have read here has taught me otherwise.

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Wow if you were the uncle/aunt of my kids, I’d file a restraining order. Seriously.

I don’t share the same political values with my brother or his wife but I’d never go so far as to attack their children my nieces and nephew.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

cam2 on May 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

They would have to miss-attribute it to two different people then. One persons is incapable of both things.

Cindy Munford on May 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

sadly, no.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Sorry, all hearsay from people that include Obama volunteers. If it was such a strong story, WaPo wouldn’t need to manufacture a witness.

Obama broke a boy’s arm and assaulted a little girl. He admitted it.

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

well, since republicans were hoping to spend to next few months talking about what obama did as an 8-year old and his college girlfriends, it serves you right that we end up talking about romney’s hate crimes when he was a homophobic high school bully.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

lol! I see you got the same Talking Points as crazyed did, from the gay NYC source:

http://nyaltnews.com/2012/05/romneys-denials-homophobic-assault-despicable/16024/

Romney, then a popular senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School in Michigan, disapproved of classmate John Lauber’s long, blond locks, which Romney allegedly took as a clue that Lauber was a homosexual. So Romney assembled a posse of bullies and held the boy down and brutally chopped off his hair.

-snip-

Today, Romney’s actions would be considered a hate crime. The assault itself is a felony.

In the summer of 2008, the Leftist-run wiki magically scrubbed all mention of “Kill Haole Day” from their entry for the exclusive private prep school in Honolulu O’bama went to. Previously their entry for Punahou School had mentioned that the school had participated in that practice.

Their doing so was a tacit admission on their part that O’bama as a youth might have himself participated in a Hate Crime, as that term is mentioned in the wiki page for “Kill Haole Day”.

H- (H for Hate, of course).

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

It happened very quickly, and to this day it troubles me,” said Buford, the school’s wrestling champion, who said he joined Romney in restraining Lauber. Buford subsequently apologized to Lauber, who was “terrified,” he said. “What a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do.”

And we don’t know if Romney also apologized later on to him. God help me if I was judged today at 38 by the person I was at 16.

melle1228 on May 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I knew this campaign would get ugly. I have to say I didn’t expect the Obama crew to go straight to portraying the milquetoast Romney as a psychopath and a sadist.Where do they go from here? novaculus on May 10, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Angryed, ddrintn and Honda65 will vomit their next talking points.

Basilsbest on May 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Cranbrook? It seemed like such a nice place.

Wha? Oh. Nevermind.

Fallon on May 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM

no i tell my nieces and nephew that Republicans are selfish, warmongering, gun-crazy, homophobic, racist, hypocritical religious bigots, which is all true. Nothing I have read here has taught me otherwise.

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Hater.

JPeterman on May 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM

In the summer of 2008, the Leftist-run wiki magically scrubbed all mention of “Kill Haole Day” from their entry for the exclusive private prep school in Honolulu O’bama went to. Previously their entry for Punahou School had mentioned that the school had participated in that practice

Yeah we should keep hammering this. BTW, this was a Hawaii thing not just Obama’s prep school and it still happens today every year.

melle1228 on May 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I’m watching The Five, is the MSM trying to put a Gay spin on this prank? Are they going to go into the life of this poor gentleman who has passed away and make his life an open book?

Cindy Munford on May 10, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Almost makes one think this story and B.O.’s statement that he is for homosexual marriage was planned/

bluefox on May 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

a Republican bigot? what a shock

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

a Democrat Bigot who happily admits on Hot Gas that she indoctrinates her niece and nephew to Hate Republicans?

Not shocking at all.

S-

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2012 at 6:15 PM

They would have to miss-attribute it to two different people then. One persons is incapable of both things.

Cindy Munford on May 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Not sure what you mean. I meant that it probably came from one of the named sources, two of whom were described as being remorseful.

cam2 on May 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I don’t share the same political values with my brother or his wife but I’d never go so far as to attack their children my nieces and nephew.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I’m not attacking them, I love those kids I am just educating them. It takes a village you know!

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

roy_batty on May 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM

that won’t stop me having fun with it. Because it’s all my Hero has, and I know it.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM

FIFY

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Fallon on May 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Welcome to Cranford, circa 1840…a rural English town where etiquette rules, undergirded by a healthy amount of gossip.

I see this is a WASP thang lol!

Dr Evil on May 10, 2012 at 6:18 PM

no i tell my nieces and nephew that Republicans are selfish, warmongering, gun-crazy, homophobic, racist, hypocritical religious bigots, which is all true. Nothing I have read here has taught me otherwise.

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

And yet the Democratic Party owns people like Fred Phelps and Dan Savage, go figure..

melle1228 on May 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I’m not attacking them, I love those kids I am just educating them. It takes a village you know!

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

How freaking messed up are you that you teach 2 children to hate half the country without giving them a chance?

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I’m not attacking them, I love those kids I am just educating them. It takes a village you know!

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

No you are indoctrinating them and there is a difference….

melle1228 on May 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I’m not attacking them, I love those kids I am just educating them. It takes a village you know!

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Heh slow your roll Moby, you are over playing your troll.

Dr Evil on May 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

who wasn’t an A-hole in high school? I mean really who cares. was Obama a prick in high school? good thing all his class mates came out of the wood work to tell us what kind of lunatic he was as a teenager… oh wait we’ve never actually heard from a single person who has gone to school with Obama. well there is that guy he golfs with, the one who likes hookers.

bannor on May 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Fake But Accurate!

FlatFoot on May 10, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Judging by the length of the original article, this story was put together some time ago, and the WaPo editors kept it laying around waiting for a good opportunity to attack Romney for being a life-long homophobe.
So kind of President Obama to give them an excuse.

AesopFan on May 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

No doubt the article has been in “hold” mode but was probably fed to the reporter by Axelrod and company, knowing that Obama was going to drop the gay marriage bomb at some point.

I suspect that, more than giving WaPo an excuse to run with it, they got a heads up from the campaign, to the effect, “Obama’s coming out of the closet tomorrow, so it’s a go to run the Romney homophobe story.”

TXUS on May 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I’m not attacking them, I love those kids I am just educating them. It takes a village you know!

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

And you are the village idiot.

JPeterman on May 10, 2012 at 6:25 PM

So while we are playing these stupid tit for tat name calling juvenile games, we fail to have our fiscal course righted. And right is the operative word here.

Cindy Munford on May 10, 2012 at 6:06 PM

if, allah forbid, r-money wins, the fiscal crisis will end on inauguration day as a bright new era of republican big government begins. he’ll add trillions to the defense budget, and he’ll do everything he can to gut the ryan plan until all that remains are revenue cuts. based on the assortment of bush neocons among his advisors, he’ll likely start multiple wars within two years, both of which will ultimately ended as failures by the next democratic president.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

cam2 on May 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I am goofing on semantics, how can anyone be long bothered by something they just found out about. I guess it’s the definition of long that is in question. The Post told Mr. White about the incident this year so he’s been bothered by it tops five and a half months. I don’t know how he has stood up under the strain. Actually it looks as though the “long bothered” part might be the Post’s interpretation of Mr. White’s new found knowledge. Terrible writing.

Cindy Munford on May 10, 2012 at 6:27 PM

eh, why is there no preview function on this thing.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Hey, aren’t you the guy who told us that he teaches his kids to hate all Republicans?

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM

no i tell my nieces and nephew that Republicans are selfish, warmongering, gun-crazy, homophobic, racist, hypocritical religious bigots, which is all true. Nothing I have read here has taught me otherwise.

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

lol, do you also tell them about the Democrat President who threw thousands of Japanese-Americans into prison camps because of their race?

Or the Democrat President who ordered two atomic bombs to be dropped on Japan?

Or the Democrat President who ordered an Invasion of Cuba?

Or the Democrat President who sent tens of thousands of kids to their deaths in Vietnam, while enriching himself at the coffers of Halliburton?

Or the Democrat who ran for President in 2004 based solely on his War Record in Vietnam? You know, the same guy who refused to release his military record while demanding his opponent do the same? This same guy also touted his membership in the NRA.

And have you told them about our current Democrat President, who attended a private school just as rich as Romney’s, but which unlike Romney’s private school allowed the practice of Hate Crimes on their campus?

lol, you’re an unusually authentic cartoon character. Have you ever asked Marvel Comics if they are interested in the licensing rights?

H-

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Okay so a couple of his pranks got out of hand, its not as if highschool students are widely known for their cool headed behavior. Frankly, this was irrelevant to begin with, and he’s already apologized, so I’m ignoring this story from now on.

So, who wants to talk about the numerous polls that came out this week showing Romney beating Obama?

WolvenOne on May 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Explain twenty years of Rev. Wright.

Cindy Munford on May 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

irrelevant, according to a clear majority of voters.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

lol, most of whom had never heard of the story because the Democrat Media refused to “report” it.

Your willful Ignorance of that Double Standard is duly noted.

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2012 at 6:30 PM

So, what you are saying, is that every single Republican is evil, correct?

No exceptions, right?

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I’m stereotyping the party as a whole. Because that is what I have been taught in all the Democrat Public Schools I’ve dropped out of.

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I’m for cutting back on the 2008 (pre Tarp/Porkulous) budget and then we will discuss tax fairness. But at least Defense is something the federal government is constitutionally responsible for covering and might actually require employees. Cut spending. Across the board.

Cindy Munford on May 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM

lol

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2012 at 6:30 PM

omg, lol.

ffs.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Good info. I’m sure he’ll want to use that to be “fair & balanced”:-)

bluefox on May 10, 2012 at 6:33 PM

eh, why is there no preview function on this thing.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 6:27 PM

It’s the button marked “Preview”.

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Ohmygoodness! ABC just lead with this story on the evening news.

herm2416 on May 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Forgive me if this has been covered in this thread already, but did any of you see that wretched toad, Bob Beckel on The Five digging his heels into this story and acting (literally) as though Romney held the kid down, called him every gay slur in the book, spit in his face and then beat him up? It was ridiculous- a he would not back down. Liars. All of them. They go straight out of the mental institutions into liberal punditry.

BettyRuth on May 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Where is the blog about obaka’s self admission to bullying a girl in middle school?

ladyingray on May 10, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Are we sure Obama pushed only one girl? I’m thinking he made it a habit of pushing down littles girls and just created a composite girl to represent them all for his story.

ReaganWasRight on May 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

BTW, this was a Hawaii thing not just Obama’s prep school and it still happens today every year.

melle1228 on May 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I grew up in the Hawai’i public school system in the 1960s so am very familiar with this subject.

BTW Punahou’s endowment is roughly equal to that of Cranbrook. Which makes O’bama just as much of an “elite” as Romney is.

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

So one of the participants in this little stunt worked for the Obama campaign – so by lefty logic, that means that Obama is okay with having a “homophobic bullying bigot” working for his re-election and, by and large, the DNC.

I mean, if you’re going to hold it against Romney, then you have to hold it against everyone involved. Including that former prosecutor who is a confessed Obamabot. No forgiveness and no do-overs, right? Right?

tdpwells on May 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

seamus.etch-a-sketch.this too will pass.

Its the econonomy and we are NOT stupid

gerrym51 on May 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

OK so is Gloria AllRed in this picture yet ?

burrata on May 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Unsympathetic with Romney on this one. Other non-anonymous witness are stepping forth so this one not being there is an ineffective shield. The other pranks just seem cruel as well.

Leading a teacher with ailing eyesight to locked doors and giggling when he runs into them only to be called an @$$h0le in later life seems fair. (The good sisters of St. A’s would have beaten me senseless.)

Calling out “Atta girl!” to young men and being thought of as a jerk later seems fair.

Holding someone down and cutting their hair because the nonconformity of their style offends you is – in addition to be criminal assault – creepy, authoritarian, and particularly @$$h0l!sh.

Non-apology apologies for such behavior is even less respectable. I can believe that cruel children change but if you don’t own the behavior and genuinely apologize for it when it comes to light in later life why should I believe your character has changed?

dieudonne on May 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

One former classmate and old friend of Romney’s – who refused to be identified by name – said there are “a lot of guys” who went to Cranbrook who have “really negative memories” of Romney’s behavior in the dorms, behavior this classmate describes as “evil” and “like Lord of the Flies.”

He was evil, but they were friends. Someone has some splainin’ to do. What a shame we don’t know his name./

Of course there’s always the possibility Barry paid for them all to have therapy with a quack specialist in Recovered Memories.

Buy Danish on May 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

I don’t share the same political values with my brother or his wife but I’d never go so far as to attack their children my nieces and nephew.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I’m not attacking them, I love those kids I am just educating them. It takes a village idiot you know!

DBear on May 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Ohmygoodness! ABC just lead with this story on the evening news.

herm2416 on May 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Did they mention the part where King Obama broke a boys arm or the girl he bullied and pushed?

JPeterman on May 10, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Cut spending. Across the board.

Cindy Munford on May 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM

increase spending across the board to help us get out of the slump. stop with the debt fetishism. when we’re growing 5%, we can talk about cutting spending.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Non-apology apologies for such behavior is even less respectable. I can believe that cruel children change but if you don’t own the behavior and genuinely apologize for it when it comes to light in later life why should I believe your character has changed?

dieudonne on May 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Who are you to judge whether or not his apology is sincere or not? It may be your opinion, but don’t go around touting it as fact. What do you want him to do over an incident that happened nearly 50 freakin years ago? Make a tearful plea for forgiveness during a live press conference? Jesus.

tdpwells on May 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM

It’s the button marked “Preview”.

Chuck Schick on May 10, 2012 at 6:34 PM

I KNOW.

it was a trap.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 6:43 PM

increase spending across the board to help us get out of the slump. stop with the debt fetishism. when we’re growing 5%, we can talk about cutting spending.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Good call. That’s what I do when my bank account is overdrawn–throw a few more steak dinners on the ol’ Amex. Maybe a Hawaiian vacation or two.

Kataklysmic on May 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

dieudonne on May 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

You know I am about as far as a Mittbot as there is, but this story is silly. The man in his 60′s and the ONLY person he needs to apologize to is the one he did it to, and we don’t know that he didn’t.

Many of us were douches at 16. Most 16 years old are.

melle1228 on May 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Total smackdown, Del.

You all know the jobs thread only has 96 comments. What’s important is that 367,000 more people are out of work. Wag the >>>>>>> dog.

Did I say dog?

They go straight out of the mental institutions into liberal punditry.

BettyRuth on May 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

This is all they have! It’s less than nothing and it’s all they have. Obama is completely out of gas. Bankrupt. Done.

Next we will hear about how Romney set up an evil milk cartel in grade school or something else ridiculous.

dogsoldier on May 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

increase spending across the board to help us get out of the slump. stop with the debt fetishism. when we’re growing 5%, we can talk about cutting spending.

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I have $5,000 in credit card debt, can you tell me how increasing my spending is going to get that debt paid off?

JPeterman on May 10, 2012 at 6:45 PM

if, allah forbid, r-money wins, the fiscal crisis will end on inauguration day as a bright new era of republican big government begins. he’ll add trillions to the defense budget

sesquipedalian on May 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

According to one D.C. Think Tank “analyst”, who was commissioned to do his study by Romney’s cheerleading network, CNN? Please don’t insult our intelligence.

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I grew up in the Hawai’i public school system in the 1960s so am very familiar with this subject.

BTW Punahou’s endowment is roughly equal to that of Cranbrook. Which makes O’bama just as much of an “elite” as Romney is.

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I hope you weren’t ever on the recieving end of kill Haole day. We lived there for four years through the Army. We loved it, but one of the reason we never went back is that we had kids, and blond eyed,blue eyed kids are not treated well in certain places.

Yeah I am famiiar with Punahou.. I can’t believe anyone believes the meme that Obama was just a poor boy born to a single mother.

melle1228 on May 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Good call. That’s what I do when my bank account is overdrawn–throw a few more steak dinners on the ol’ Amex. Maybe a Hawaiian vacation or two.

Kataklysmic on May 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Better yet, invest some of that hard-earned credit in some green initiatives and maybe a high-speed rail or two. That’s paying off big time for Obama & Co.

tdpwells on May 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

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