Skip to comments.Mitt Romney’s prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents
Posted on 05/10/2012 7:28:48 AM PDT by raulgomez05
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.
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Why do we know so much about Romney in high school, and nothing about Obama in high school or college?
There are so many things that could have been mentioned, but weren't.
Like, why was he the only President, ever, of the Harvard Law Review to not actually write a law review?
Lol...The Post does another hit job on a Republican.
Whatever you think of Mittens, this stuff ticks me off. All adolescents can do mean things...I wonder why we never got any discriptions of Obama’s Childhood behavior?
We NEED one.
....and yet we still know nothing about obama.
Look! Over there! Nothing behind the curtain, LOOK AT ROMNEY’S PAST!
How about some exposes on Obama’s past, Post? How about digging up those sealed Columbia records, Post? How about some actual reporting that isn’t just pulling quotes from “Dreams From My Father” or the latest Obama hagiography, Post? HOW ABOUT SOME ACTUAL JOURNALISM, POST?
Just as the comments on this article allude, we have alleged testimony of a couple students from over 45 years ago—which attempt to portray Romeny in a bad light—yet, we can’t find any stories, any recollection of Barak Obama, not even from his college days?
“...he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, ...”
In 1965? BS.
1965? How old is this guy?
So the press can find a junior high classmate of Romney to tell a story in intricate detail from almost 50 years ago. Yet 0bama confessed in his book to weed and cocaine use. But no one has managed to interview one person who did drugs with 0bama?
Hey MSM-IS THIS ALL YOU GOT !!!
Obama the lost years. He may have well have been delivered by UFO sometime in the 1980’s.
Well, could be. Maybe he was a surfer dude.
-—Why do we know so much about Romney in high school, and nothing about Obama in high school or college?-—
Curious indeed. Hmmm.....
Hey Washington Post, Where are the articles about Barry’s classmates?
***...he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, ...
In 1965? BS.***
It’s possible. The Beatles had started the long hair craze and the Rolling Stones the same. I remember seeing quite a few boys at that time who really needed to be held down and shorn at that time. The military barber did the job. ;-D
I dislike Romney today and assume I would have disliked him in high school, but I don’t see any connection at all between this dumb story of a teenager acting foolishly and an election this year.
These bastards are going to force me to support Romney, and I don’t want to have to do that.
It’s almost as if they want Obama to lose.....if they want Obama to win, they should be damning Romney with faint praise, rather than trying to paint him as an actual conservative (which we all know he isn’t).
Romney hasn’t threatened to kill them, nevertheless, these bullying stories by privileged prep school boys do make my skin crawl. Can’t stand fraternities for the same reason
meh.. dont really care about the story.
This is just another post to get us to rally around the socialist Robama because the media is doing what it does and attacking someone running against a dem.
F Romney... Im not supporting a socialist. even when hes being attacked by other socialists.
I’m no Romney supporter, but this story is pure Barbara Streisand.
Maybe he does have some conservative traits in him. LOL
“...he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, ...
In 1965? BS.”
I agree. In fact, I was in an all boys boarding school in 1965. I’m sure some of my classmates were probably homosexual but they knew to keep a low profile.
Hey! They already told you that The Boy King is a genius.....what more do you want?
Even the WaPo readers, most of whom are dedicated leftists, are commenting that this is just a fluff hit piece.
what does that mean
Mulattø Usurper's Fictional Past
f'n marxist-fellating cøwards !
Barbara Streisand = Bovine Excrement
Why do we know so much about Romney in high school, and nothing about Obama in high school or college?
What happens in the Madrassa stays in the Madrassa?
Amazing that this story comes out just at the time
when Obama comes out for gay marriage eh.
Couldn’t have been planned, could it?
Axelrod: Ok Joe, first you’ll come out for gay marriage
then the marriage amendment will pass in NC, we know that.
Then Obama will come out in support of gays and right
after that we hit them with the Romney is homophobe
sorry, I am a little slow
Our nominee is a prep-school-pants-wetter.
All it would take is balance: apply the same level of scrutiny to the left as they apply to the right. The return to profitability would be swift. But they won't do it. Why?
And that is at the newspaper level, what about at the reporter level? No one wants to be the next Woodward and Bernstein? None of them? As I said, this reporter proves that it is not magic. But Obama's surface is not even scratched. Quite curious.
Surfer-look in Miami, circa 1965....
High school???????????? Please. Forty or fifty years later of what possible relevance is anything that anyone has done in high school? I helped toss a cheerleader into a snowbank during Winter Carnival. I forged hall passes. I regularly skipped my toughest class. I enjoyed the company of females under the age of 18 in parked cars. I occasionally consumed adult beverages. In short, I was a teenaged boy. WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I attended a church based summer camp as a kid. There was one boy with blond curly hair that all the girls in my cabin swooned over. But, sometime during camp his hair was noticibly shorter. One of the boys in camp told me that he was wore curlers in his hair at night. Finally the other guys had enough and they cut his curlers right off his head.
Folks ask why the media goes so deeply into Romney’s past yet didn’t and won’t vett little barry bastard commie. The answer is actually simple: Obama’s past was fabricated to create an image, and anyone digging into the fabric of lies is threatened or eliminated. These thugs are deadly serious about keeping little barry bastard in power.
I guess I’d be in trouble because I played “Smear the Queer” in elementary school.
The football coach called him Sunshine.
Was the coach named Jerry Sandusky by any chance?
well, it’s different what you are talking about
yeah, bullying somebody is totally different than making out in a car, forging hall passes and throwing cheerleader in the snow. You didn’t throw her cause you wanted to teach her a lesson, it was high jinx right?
ROFL!!! I'm sure THAT'S the first time that ever happened.
This is so silly on so many levels I don’t even know where to begin...
Romney attended Stanford University for a year, where he worked as a night security guard to fund secret trips home to see Ann. Although the campus was becoming radicalized with the beginnings of 1960s social and political movements, Romney kept a well-groomed appearance and enjoyed traditional campus events.
In July 1966, Romney left for 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary. Missionary work was a traditional rite of passage that his father and many other relatives had volunteered for.
In Nantes, Romney suffered a bruised jaw while defending two female missionaries who were being bothered by a group of local rugby players. He continued to work hard; having grown up in Michigan rather than the more insular Utah world, Romney was better able to interact with the French. He was promoted to zone leader in Bordeaux in early 1968, then in the spring of that year became assistant to the mission president in Paris, the highest position for a missionary. In the Mission Home in Paris he enjoyed palace-like accommodations. Romney's support for the U.S. role in the Vietnam War was only reinforced when the French greeted him with hostility over the matter and he debated them in return.
In June 1968, an automobile Romney was driving in southern France was hit by another vehicle, seriously injuring him and killing one of his passengers, the wife of the mission president.[nb 6] Romney, who was not at fault in the accident,[nb 6] became co-acting president of a mission demoralized and disorganized by the May civil disturbances and by the car accident. Romney rallied and motivated the others and they met an ambitious goal of 200 baptisms for the year, the most for the mission in a decade. By the end of his stint in December 1968, Romney was overseeing the work of 175 fellow members. Romney developed a lifelong affection for France and its people, and speaks French.
At Ann's request, Romney began attending Brigham Young too, in February 1969. The couple were married on March 21, 1969, in a civil ceremony at Ann's family's home in Bloomfield Hills that was presided over by a church elder.
At culturally conservative BYU, Romney continued to be separated from much of the upheaval of the era, and did not join in those protests that did occur against the war or the LDS Church's policy at the time of denying full membership to blacks.
He became president of, and an innovative fundraiser for, the all-male Cougar Club booster organization and showed a new-found discipline in his studies. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with highest honors in 1971, and gave commencement addresses to both his own College of Humanities and to the whole university.
Romney became one of only fifteen students to enroll at the recently created joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration four-year program coordinated between Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. Fellow students considered Romney guilelessly optimistic, noting his solid work ethic and buttoned-down demeanor and appearance. He readily adapted to the business school's pragmatic, data-driven case study method of teaching, participated in class well, and led a study group whom he pushed to get all A's. He had a different social experience from most of his classmates, since he lived in a Belmont, Massachusetts, house with Ann and two children.
He was non-ideological and did not involve himself in the political or social issues of the day. He graduated in 1975 cum laude from the law school, in the top third of that class, and was named a Baker Scholar for graduating in the top five percent of his business school class.
I saw one newspaper account from his basketball days. His team mates only remember him as a back up forward who would argue with the coach during games. They won the state championship in spite of Barack. Unlike Sarah Palin who LED her team to theirs. BTW that article seems to have disappeared from the internet.