A bully pulpit? Who is Mitt Romney?
Boys will be bullies
Pranks, Antics, Bullying. You say tomato, I say throw it at him.
In La Cage Aux Folles, Georges isn’t just whistling “Dixie” (which I have never heard anyone actually do) when he sings in Song on the Sand, “It’s strange what we recall. And odd what we forget.”
In the May 11 (2012) Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mitt-romneys-prep-school-classmates-recall-pranks-but-also-troubling-incidents/2012/05/10/gIQA3WOKFU_story.html) Jason Horowitz quotes five of Mitt Romney’s classmates at the elite Cranbrook School (where according to the article, the other boys teased “Wiiillard” because his father ran only little American Motors and not GM or Ford, the really rich boys’ version of mine is bigger…..) have clear and haunted memories of his being so disturbed by the long bleached hair of John Lauber, a gay classmate at the school on scholarship that he led a gang of his classmates on a raid to the room of the young man everyone described as quiet and reserved (he succumbed to cancer in 2004) and held him down while the fearless cheerleader and athletic team manager chopped off his hair.
Mr. Romney said that he doesn’t recall the incident, but if it occurred and if he hurt anyone by that, he apologizes for it.
Or as Maxwell Smart might have said with equal sincerity and credibility, “Sorry about that.”
Fair and Balanced
Talking with Neil Cavuto on the legendarily fair and balanced Fox News, Mr. Romney asserted his obvious innocence by adding that he “had no idea what that individual’s sexual orientation might be.” (Mr. Lauber was not open about his sexual orientation at the time.) He reminded us that homosexuality wasn’t discussed in the 60s. “So that’s simply not accurate.”
Mr. Romney’s spokeswoman issued a statement that “anyone who knows Mitt Romney knows he doesn’t have a mean-spirited bone in his body."
"Gay?" What means this "gay"?
In the same article, the Post quotes Gary Hummel, described as “a closeted gay student at the time,” recalled Mr. Romney punctuating his attempts to offer an opinion in class with taunts of “Atta girl.” So maybe they didn’t call the rose by that name….
Mr. Romney’s spokeswoman said that the candidate has no recollection of that.
Maybe he’d remember if we Watergated him: (Senator, At this point in time, I have no recollection….)
The [cough, cough] alleged incidents appear to have come to light because the Romney campaign has been dredging up his high school days to show what a scamp he was.
The Post also quotes former classmate Pierce Getsinger recounting a time that he observed Mr. Romney “giggling hysterically” after guiding a famously near-sighted teacher into a closed door. What a kidder!
Thank goodness, he doesn’t have a mean spirited bone in his body! It could have been a second story window.
David Seed, a Cranbrook student who was one of the guilt-ridden (Five of the six claim to recall it with guilt and regret. The sixth apparently developed sudden-onset Alzheimer’s) Romney’s Raiders who assaulted John Lauber, reports recognizing him in an airport bar in the mid-90s. He apologized for not doing more to help, he said, and Mr. Lauber described how frightened he was. “It was horrible,” he said. “It’s something I have thought a lot about since.”
For others, apparently, it was just another day of good-natured antics.
Prank? Bullying? Soulless Mischief?
A hubber recently asked whether the haircutting “prank” qualified as bullying. I don’t think that the term matters (although in my mind there is no question that it was not only bullying in all its mean-spirited completeness, but also aggravated assault and what today might be considered a hate crime).
I find pranks, at their best, contemptible. They are acts calculated to cause embarrassment and humiliation. Some say antics. Whatever we call them, it seems to me that the bahavior indicates a profound character flaw. Just as, at an extreme, the serial killer of today might have killed small animals as a child or teen, so the basic instinct of imposing one's will on another as a teen, of being offended because someone doesn't wear his hair in a style that one approves, sounds warning bells.
The notion that it is “Strange what we recall and odd what we forget” in “Song on the Sand” continues, “I hear la, la, la, la, la, la…..” and so do I, whether in English or Arabic
But the best that the probable Republican candidate can come up with is “Sorry about that.”
And so say we all. I hope.
Now, Romney’s Raiders didn’t have Mr. Lauber to kick around for very long because another student caught him sneaking a cigarette on the school grounds one weekend. The school was known for being strict. Apparently, the standards were somewhat different for scholarship boys and the governor’s son. Who would have thought?
First, violating all the rules of journalism, I have drawn all of my information from the The Washington Post, known to my conservative friend as “The Liberal Rag,” and bits and pieces from television and Internet news.
Second, I do not make light of Alzheimer’s. I experienced its devastation “up close and personal” for quite few years. I can think of no more brutal affliction.
The hell you say!
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