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Romney apologizes for bullying and pranks in high school. Do you find it refreshing that he was honest?

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WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney made a surprise appearance on Fox host Brian Kilmeade's radio show Thursday morning to respond to a lengthy Washington Post story on his time as a prep-school prankster and occasional bully of closeted gay students.



"They talk about the fact that I played a lot of pranks in high
school," Romney said. "And they describe some that you just say to
yourself, back in high school I just did some dumb things and if anybody
was hurt by that or offended by it, obviously I apologize."



“I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school and
some might have gone too far and for that, I apologize," he added.



It's never quite clear whether a politician's high school years are
fair game for political attacks. Romney suggested during the interview
that the acts he was apologizing for were merely youthful indiscretions;
the Post described him pinning a closeted gay classmate to the
ground and cutting his long hair, for example. But with the story
suggesting latent homophobia in an adolescent Romney and with President
Barack Obama having endorsed same-sex marriage on Wednesday, the piece
reverberated.



Still, Romney said he was "not going to be too concerned" about the
item. He insisted that he grew up in a tolerant environment and that
there was nothing about his pranks that were discriminatory towards
gays.

"The people involved didn't come out of the closet until years
later," he noted. "The idea that this is something that was known by me
... is obviously absurd. I had no idea that this person might have been
gay."



“I don’t remember that incident and I’ll tell you I certainly don’t
believe that I, I can’t speak for other people of course, thought the
fellow was homosexual," he said earlier in the interview. "That was the
furthest thing from my mind back in the 1960s, so that was not the case.
But as to pranks that were played back then, I don’t remember them all,
but again, high school days, if I did stupid things, why I’m afraid I
got to say sorry for it.”

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  • ray 2012/05/27 03:18:36
    Yes, refreshing.
    ray
    This happened 50 YEARS ago. Plus, this has absolutely NOTHING to do with the election. Obama has ruined the economy, raised the prices on everything, promised to help Catholics even though he supports gay marriage and abortion, ect. That list could go on a lot longer while Romney has only done 3 things wrong, including this one.
    Everyone has faults,so he shouldn't have apologize for being human.
  • Keeping It Real 2012/05/21 23:30:44
    Not a chance.
    Keeping It Real
    The only thing 2face Romney is sorry for is that the story came out!
  • Jane 2012/05/14 23:53:16
    Not a chance.
    Jane
    +1
    I find it disturbing that he can't remember the incident.
  • Keeping... Jane 2012/05/21 23:31:41
    Keeping It Real
    +1
    That's because he's lying through his bought teeth!
  • jeane 2012/05/13 04:11:18
    Yes, refreshing.
    jeane
    TRY YOUR HAND AT ‘CAPTION THAT PHOTO’: THE RON PAUL EDITION ON THE BLOG!

    POLITICS
    FAMILY OF ROMNEY’S ALLEGED BULLY VICTIM SPEAKS OUT: ‘THE PORTRAYAL OF JOHN IS FACTUALLY INCORRECT’
    Posted on May 11, 2012 at 8:34am by Billy Hallowell Print »Email »
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    On Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was accused of attacking a student whom he believed to be gay during his prep school years. Although Romney claimed to have no memory of the incident, he apologized on Thursday for the “dumb things” he did back in high school. But now, the family of the purported victim is speaking up and slamming the story as a political ploy.

    (Related: Romney Sorry for ‘Dumb Things’ He Did in Prep School AfterClassmates Say He Bullied Gay Student)

    Christine Lauber, the older sister of Romney’s classmate, John Lauber, claims she has no knowledge of the bullying incident involving her brother, who passed away from liver cancer in 2004. When ABC News showed Christine the story, she became agitated and somewhat emotional.

    “Even if it did happen, John probably wouldn’t have said anything,” she said. “If he were still alive today, he would be furious [about the story].”

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    TRY YOUR HAND AT ‘CAPTION THAT PHOTO’: THE RON PAUL EDITION ON THE BLOG!

    POLITICS
    FAMILY OF ROMNEY’S ALLEGED BULLY VICTIM SPEAKS OUT: ‘THE PORTRAYAL OF JOHN IS FACTUALLY INCORRECT’
    Posted on May 11, 2012 at 8:34am by Billy Hallowell Print »Email »
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    On Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was accused of attacking a student whom he believed to be gay during his prep school years. Although Romney claimed to have no memory of the incident, he apologized on Thursday for the “dumb things” he did back in high school. But now, the family of the purported victim is speaking up and slamming the story as a political ploy.

    (Related: Romney Sorry for ‘Dumb Things’ He Did in Prep School AfterClassmates Say He Bullied Gay Student)

    Christine Lauber, the older sister of Romney’s classmate, John Lauber, claims she has no knowledge of the bullying incident involving her brother, who passed away from liver cancer in 2004. When ABC News showed Christine the story, she became agitated and somewhat emotional.

    “Even if it did happen, John probably wouldn’t have said anything,” she said. “If he were still alive today, he would be furious [about the story].”

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    Betsy, another sister, spoke up about the incident as well. Aside from stating that the portrayal of her brother is inaccurate, she said the family is frustrated that the story is being used to push a political agenda.

    “The family of John Lauber is releasing a statement saying the portrayal of John is factually incorrect and we are aggrieved that he would be used to further a political agenda,” she said. “There will be no more comments from the family.”

    As The Blaze originally reported, the accusation has been corroborated by Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer and a former classmate of the top GOP candidate. Others, too, have reportedly corroborated the tale. Here’s the original story, as reported by The Washington Post:


    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.


    Over on Breitbart.com, the Washington Post was accused of inflating witness testimony in reporting on the bullying story. According to the news site, the original article read:

    “I always enjoyed his pranks,” said Stu White, a popular friend of Romney’s who went on to a career as a public school teacher and has long been bothered by the Lauber incident.
    Then, in an interview on ABC News, Breitbart.com notes that White railed against this notion. The ex-classmate apparently said that he wasn’t at the school when the prank unfolded and that he only found out about it a few weeks ago. This, of course, calls into question the notion that White was bothered by the incident for a long time (after all, he just learned about it).

    Breitbart.com charges that the Post, after falsifying the testimony, made a correction within the article, which now reads:

    “I always enjoyed his pranks,” said Stu White, a popular friend of Romney’s who went on to a career as a public school teacher and said he has been “disturbed” by the Lauber incident since hearing about it several weeks ago, before being contacted by The Washington Post. “But I was not the brunt of any of his pranks.” [emphasis added]
    While this says little about whether the incident actually unfolded as some witnesses claim, it is noteworthy that the Post purportedly added to the story. It is here, using this example, that many will certainly claim bias.

    Romney, of course, has apologized for hurting anyone during his high school years, but aside from not remembering the aforementioned incident, he has said that those years are far behind him. Since the allegations came to light, the Romney campaign has worked diligently to expel the implications that the candidate was a bully during his teen years.

    “Mitt was a thoughtful guy with a great sense of humor who cared about his classmates. He had a good perspective on how to balance all the pressures high school students face,” said Richard Moon, a former classmate, in a statement released by the campaign. “He would never go out and do anything mean spirited. Clownish, yes. Never mean.”



    Ex-classmate John French echoed this sentiment in the release as well, stating, ”Mitt never had a malicious bone in his body – trying to imply or characterize him as a bully is absurd.”

    The scandal over the purported bullying incident came just one day after President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage. Naturally, some are questioning the timing of this story as it pertains to the aforementioned announcement.

    This story has been updated.

    (H/T: ABC News)
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  • pamela 2012/05/13 03:47:31
    Yes, refreshing.
    pamela
    Geez, all of you freaking idiots who call out a prank pulled off in school, 50 years ago, against Romney, will never get off the story. That was 50 years ago and for what I think, no one's past ( depending upon the severity of a situation ) should interfere with them wanting to hold down a political office, and yes even the presidency. . I don't care who the person is something they might have done back in elementary school, middle school, high school, should never, even be looked at to what they might have done back then ( kids will be kids, and all of them act stupidly at times ). And yes this even pertains to Obama. The only reason we republican hate/ dislike what is going on in DC right now, is all because of Obama's continuation of trying to adapt us to his failed policies that obviously will never work. That is why we attack him 24/7, his failed policies. What is done, is done, look into the future instead of dwelling on the past.
  • Grandbrother 2012/05/12 04:31:36 (edited)
    Not a chance.
    Grandbrother
    I wouldn't go as stark as "not a chance", but that was the only "no" option. For me, I can't tell if he was being honest or not. He just gave a very generic, political apology with no real sincerity that I could detect. It just felt like he was going through the motions to dutifully address a politically charged issue during a campaign. Nothing "refreshing" about that.
  • Mike 2012/05/11 23:52:26
    Yes, refreshing.
    Mike
    +1
    Is that all the left can pull up - is kids playing pranks in high school. Come on bozo's you can do better than that
  • captainquiggle 2012/05/11 22:03:16
    Not a chance.
    captainquiggle
    He should've, as any politician that actually felt that way would've, said that it's horribly wrong for anyone to bully someone, PERIOD, but... he was just sorry he hurt someone's feelings long ago and swears it wasn't because of the boy's "curious sexual preference."

    Funny though, he cut the boys hair because it was blonde and long... and what color is his wife's hair? OH REALLY? I'm not saying anything else about that.
  • Veritas 2012/05/11 14:21:05 (edited)
  • S* 2012/05/11 14:04:39
    Not a chance.
    S*
    +1
    He did not apologize, he merely mentioned he was a jerk in school and now he is sorry it is coming to light. If he were serious, he would find those individuals and talk to them, but instead, he makes a blanket statement, for the press, sorry for everything I have ever done that might make it look bad, and keep me from gaining your vote to be President of the USA. I am sure he is sorry, now that it comes out, but that is not an apology.
  • Wag 2012/05/11 13:33:05 (edited)
    Not a chance.
    Wag
    +3
    and this ying yang has the balls to critize the President as a bad person..We teach our children not to do what he did, and if they do there is ramifications.....Mr Romney what you have here is "ramifications"


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  • Cap Wag 2012/05/14 07:25:24
    Cap
    No, the four you name plus one other are thee only ones who seem to remember; dozens of others don't remember and who knows how many are unaware that there's a discussion as to whether there is anything to remember is going on. Which by no means stands for the fact that I am going to argue whether the event occurred; but I have no trouble accepting Mr. Romney's statement that he doesn't recall the event occurring.
  • Risk 2012/05/11 12:45:43
    Yes, refreshing.
    Risk
    +2
    If that's the best shyt they can dig up on Romney, they have a problem !
  • Met Risk 2012/05/11 13:14:30
    Met
    +1
    That's far from the best, just the Gaffe of the day.

    If you're keeping track he has 3-4 a week.

    This election is in the bag.

    Obama 2012.
    Obama our president
  • Risk Met 2012/05/11 13:22:43
  • Met Risk 2012/05/11 13:56:35 (edited)
    Met
    Unless you're ron paul, then it's safe to say you don't have a snowball's chance in hell ron paul hitler
  • Q Risk 2012/05/11 13:57:07
  • S* Risk 2012/05/11 13:56:16
    S*
    +1
    I think this thing has legs.
  • Schläue~© S* 2012/05/11 20:33:05
    Schläue~©
    +1
    It already got shot down by the family of the supposed 'victim' as being non factual.
  • S* Schläue~© 2012/05/11 20:39:57
    S*
    link?
  • Schläue~© S* 2012/05/11 20:56:47
    Schläue~©
    +1
    It's been all over the news cycle, the sister did an interview with ABC, disputing the claims, it's been featured here on SH earlier today and here's one of many links..... Dem's lose again. Use your Google.... it can be your friend.

    http://www.outsidethebeltway....
  • S* Schläue~© 2012/05/11 21:55:25
    S*
    well, this does not say it did not happen, only the family had no knowledge. In addition, Romney himself did not say it did not happen, just that he did not recall the event, but there are others that apparently do, so here we are. You do not have the definitive piece of the puzzle you seem to think you do.
  • Schläue~© S* 2012/05/11 22:28:36
    Schläue~©
    The family has said that their brother never brought up the incident and certainly wasn't traumatized by it.
    It was just one of those non-climatic events that happens when you're a kid, but some dick-cheese liberal tried to paint it as a gay-bashing incident.

    Of course, he's conveniently dead now so the spin-meisters tried to have their way with it..... and got slam-dunked once again.
  • S* Schläue~© 2012/05/12 01:58:36 (edited)
    S*
    But Romney did not deny it. Dick cheese? come on, you really that big a jerk?

    http://www.latimes.com/news/o...

    there are five others that remember this story. That is the news I read. You can refute all you want, but it is out there. What about the blind teacher? like that one? LOL. I bet you laughed.
  • S* Schläue~© 2012/05/12 03:35:40
    S*
    You can believe what you wish, but you have no merit.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/p...
  • S* Schläue~© 2012/05/12 04:47:52
    S*
    even the link you brought did not say it did not happen, and the preponderance of evidence to the contrary, you have no merit.
  • S* Schläue~© 2012/05/11 20:40:55
    S*
    other people were there, they are lying also?
  • Schläue~© S* 2012/05/11 21:00:26
    Schläue~©
    +1
    People do anything for money. This item came up two months ago and the operatives have been busy getting enough people on board to once again, "spinning a yarn out of a pile of dung".

    You people are really getting desperate and shoot yourself in the foot EVERY TIME. Life must suck.... scraping the bottom of the barrel.
  • S* Schläue~© 2012/05/12 03:40:29
    S*
    Anyone with a freeway logo for an avatar is suspect. A screen name of "cunning" in german, , we all know about the "night of the long knives", germans are not to be trusted.
  • S* S* 2012/05/12 03:37:46 (edited)
    S*
    this is the further story.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/p...

    “It makes these fellows [who have owned up to it] very remorseful. For [Romney] not to remember it? It doesn’t ring true. How could the fellow with the scissors forget it?” the former classmate said.
  • S* Schläue~© 2012/05/12 04:47:05
    S*
    typical lie.
  • Q 2012/05/11 12:27:45
    Not a chance.
    Q
    +2
    How was he being honest when he claimed that he didn't remember his assault on the kid where they pinned him down while he himself cut his hair?

    No way he forgot about that, its just the latest lie from Mitt Romney and showed what a feckless apology it was, it was all about damage control and not a sincere apology. All the people who were a part of it admitted as much and sounded contrite except for Mitt who seems to forgotten all about him being the ringleader of such a brutal case of bullying...shame on him.
  • Maynard 2012/05/11 11:32:01
    Yes, refreshing.
    Maynard
    +3
    MITT IS NOW THE SHI T.




    For the FIRST TIME in the campaign, I AM PROUD OF MITT.



    I hope he shaved the kids head.


    TAKE THAT LIBERALS.


    Then remember, MITT has a past that is OPEN and TRANSPARENT.


    Obama did WHAT while in High School?
  • Lee Maynard 2012/05/11 11:37:56
    Lee
    +2
    So Mitt the Bully forces some kid to the ground and completely humiliates the youth by cutting off his hair with a scissors. And now Romney claims he has no memory of the episode. How can someone not have a memory of doing that?

    Mitt shrugs off his history of assault and battery as something we should expect of a privileged high spirited youth. That's what a privileged young man does to more unfortunate human beings. Boys will boys. And the masses are to be exploited. It's Fun!

    That's what poor people are for for Keerist sake!

    In High School, Mitt the Bully was Big Man On Campus.. He came from the richest and most influential family in the area, and the other kids knew they had better get along with him or their own families could suffer.

    And if MItt decided to be meaner than usual on any given day . . .LOOK OUT!

    Well, the boy becomes the man. And what a man he is.

    He's a Latter Day Saint. And he is the leader of the Modern Republican Party, the Latter Day Republicans.

    It seems appropriate doesn't it? The vile and bullying Latter Day Republicans have about as much in common with the Party of Lincoln as Romney has in common with real Saints.
  • Maynard Lee 2012/05/11 12:04:11
    Maynard
    +1
    Obama DID WHAT IN HIGH SCHOOL?



    MITT DENIED this so STFU already, got a BIRTH CERTIFICATE YET?


    School records?

    Social Security CARD?


    Draft Registration Card?


    I hope MITT CUT OFF ALL OF THE KIDS HAIR.
  • Lee Maynard 2012/05/11 12:08:50 (edited)
    Lee
    +1
    Hayeah Maynard . . . . How's it a hangin?

    Mitt didn't deny anything, but he didn't quite admit anything either . . . .

    He hasn't decided which way he wants to flip flop yet.

    Good ol' Mitt . . . . He Flip-Flops more than a dying carp . . . don't he ?

    But ol' Mitt .. . . He can be a damn MEAN sumbitch, can't he?

    You just got to respect him for that.
  • Risk Lee 2012/05/11 12:47:15
    Risk
    Are you implying that he's as bad as Obama at flip flopping ?
  • Lee Risk 2012/05/11 14:09:49 (edited)
    Lee
    You must be joking!!


    Mitt is THE master Flip Flopper. Mitt Romney has the world record in Flip Flopping.

    NOBODY has EVER Flip Flopped as much as Mitt The Carp Romney.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
  • Lee Maynard 2012/05/11 11:40:01 (edited)
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