Sunday, May 13, 2012

President Thug & Prime Minister Vandal

"The Child is father of the Man." William Wordsworth

"Mitt Romney returned from a 3-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the 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... A few days later, Friedermann 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. Friedermann 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." (Mitt Romney's prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents, Jason Horowitz, The Washington Post, 10/5/12)

"After a big night out in my fourth year of university, a squad car observed me trying to bend over a street sign in a test of strength with a fellow student. This time I pleaded guilty, but no conviction was recorded. After a particularly riotous Queen's College middle common room dinner, a mate and I detoured through Magdalen College on the way home and did a little late-night gardening." (Battlelines, Tony Abbott, 2009, p 9)

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