The above text comes directly from President Obama’s first memoir, “Dreams From My Father” and recounts an incident which occurred while he was in middle school. When our president became the subject of taunts from his fellow classmates, he decided to shove a little girl named Coretta. Although he chronicles his feelings of regret, he never does not offer her an apology.
Now let us campare this to the Romney revelation of the day:
The Washington Post ran a story today entitled, “Mitt Romney’s prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents”. In it, Jason Horowitz recounts the story of an “incident” involving Mitt Romney, a pair of scissors, and a forced haircut.
“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 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 in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.
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.”
According to Horowitz the sources for this story were:
“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.”
The circumstances of the two stories are different. Romney was in high school when the forced-haircut incident occurred, while Obama was a middle schooler when he shoved Coretta on the playground.
The Obama campaign and their lap-dog media buddies seem to want to equate what Romney did with the “School Ties” locker room fight between Matt Damon and Brendon Fraser. But the Romney incident sounds tame compared to oh I don’t know fraternity hazing. I am not excusing his behavior, but shouldn’t Obama’s admitted bullying also be examined?
Also, Romney, unlike Obama, has apologized;
“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.” [WaPo “Romney apologizes for high school pranks that ‘might have gone too far”]
PR maverick Hilary Rosen couldn’t resist tweeting about the WaPo article. Below you will find the tweet she sent out, along with the follow up question I had for her. I find it frighteningly telling that she hasn’t responded to my inquiry.
— Tracy Lee (@RememberComeNov) May 10, 2012
A very special thank you to one of my heroes, the conservative #war-rior, Michelle Malkin.
Hilary Rosen Answers Michelle Malkin.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 10, 2012
@hilaryr What exactly IS your point? Obama recounted bullying guilt to sell books but never apologized to his victim, by his own admission.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 10, 2012
A thank you to my fantastic twitter family! Especially these fine gentleman who made sure that my story got out quickly,
— el SOOPer (@SooperMexican) May 10, 2012
— Greg (@FoolishReporter) May 10, 2012
Thanks to their efforts this happened;
Thank you Adam Baldwin!
— Adam Baldwin (@adamsbaldwin) May 10, 2012
Thank you David Burge!
The Obama campaign should probably read his autobiography before floating the next distraction. thetalkofthetimes.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/oba…
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 10, 2012
Thank you Jim Treacher!
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) May 10, 2012
And to everyone else that pushed this story #forward thank you!