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Willard bullied gay student while attending prestigious prep school.

Q 2012/05/10 17:24:23
Willard was just having some fun and it wasn't mean spirited.
Romney was a wealthy out of touch spoiled brat who picked on people.
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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — 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.

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.

“It happened very quickly, and to this day it troubles me,” said Buford, the school’s wrestling champion, who said he joined Romney in restraining Lauber. Buford subsequently apologized to Lauber, who was “terrified,” he said. “What a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do.”

“It was a hack job,” recalled Maxwell, a childhood friend of Romney who was in the dorm room when the incident occurred. “It was vicious.”

“He was just easy pickins,” said Friedemann, then the student prefect, or student authority leader of Stevens Hall, expressing remorse about his failure to stop it.

The incident transpired in a flash, and Friedemann said Romney then led his cheering schoolmates back to his bay-windowed room in Stevens Hall.

Friedemann, guilt ridden, made a point of not talking about it with his friend and waited to see what form of discipline would befall Romney at the famously strict institution. Nothing happened.
Others noted that he seemed to look down on others not as fortunate as himself.Others noticed a distance between themselves and Romney. “I was a scholarship student and he was the son of the governor,” said Lance Leithauser, now a doctor, who attended the school with his brother, Brad, now a noted poet. “There was a bit of a gulf.” Even a close pal like Friedemann felt that distance; their friendship was confined to the dorms. When Romney left the campus on weekends, he never invited him. “I didn’t quite fit into the social circle. I didn’t have a car when I was 16,” Friedemann said. “I couldn’t go skiing or whatever they did.”

Lou Vierling, a scholarship student who boarded at Cranbrook for the 1960 and 1961 academic years, was struck by a question Romney asked them when they first met. “He wanted to know what my father did for a living,” Vierling recalled. “He wanted to know if my mother worked. He wanted to know what town I lived in.” As Vierling explained that his father taught school, that he commuted from east Detroit, he noticed a souring of Romney’s demeanor.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mitt-romneys-prep-scho...




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  • Bastion 2012/05/10 17:57:17
    Romney was a wealthy out of touch spoiled brat who picked on people.
    Bastion
    +7
    How typical. Perfect - just exactly the way these people think.

    I'll bet the Cons here on SH can REALLY relate to Willard's actions - I could see some of them right there with him, holding the guy down.

    Again; Just Perfect.

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  • bob h. 2012/09/01 13:55:29
    Romney was a wealthy out of touch spoiled brat who picked on people.
    bob h.
    So... what's changed?
  • MR. 2012/05/25 03:03:31
    Undecided
    MR.
    Glad you were there so we know the whole truth about this "miraculous story?" (And how bad were you in school?) -"How long ago was this?"- (*I Vote for *ROMNEY in 2012')
  • Q MR. 2012/05/25 05:28:11 (edited)
    Q
    +1
    The people who held the poor kid down while Mitt lopped of his hair confirmed the article's accuracy concerning the assault and they even expressed genuine remorse for what they did. Compare that to Mitt Romney who chuckled when he said he didn't remember it but said he was sorry if anyone was offended.

    What a douchebag, America got a glimpse of Romney's true character and will remember it come November, the die-hard cons may overlook it but it will cause many voters to pause before voting for him, and rightfully so.
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  • MR. Q 2012/05/25 08:46:02
    MR.
    Loonsberry,...I should have guessed it. Quite the liberal we have here, being like your "Fearful Leader" your never answering the questions posed! Even "tried and true" Dems. in Washington DC. are now backing away from Obama, cause they don't want to end up as another statistic with his high unemployment numbers! *(Better put your money on "a real winner", your nag ain't gonna even cross the wire!) *ROMNEY 2012'
  • Q MR. 2012/05/25 12:32:26
    Q
    +1
    Way to avoid the fact that Romney was a lying douchebag when he said he didn't remember doing it, either that or he's some sort of a sociopath incapable of feeling any remorse. Either one makes him unfit for the office of the presidency, Only the far right conservatives are willing to give him a free pass on this issue, wait and see come 2012, I wouldn't get too overconfident just yet.
  • MR. Q 2012/05/25 18:47:36
    MR.
    "FREE PASS" Obama's had more "free passes" in 3 1/2 years than I've ever seen all the presidents before him in my lifetime! The "lame-stream media" haven't reported 80% of Obama's blunders nationwide! Only FOXNEWS reports the truth about this administrations failures! FREE PASS? Your bringing up an incident you know nothing about, long forgotten and your judging a man 45 yrs. later on it,...pitiful. You were no darling either, I can tell. Best not judge someones past until you look a little closer in the mirror of your own life. Obama's record is atrocious, and your defending this loser, wow, get a character checkup soon!?!
  • Q MR. 2012/05/25 19:30:33
    Q
    +1
    FOX News reports the truth......you really are clueless and misinformed aren't you?

    The bullying incident was corroborated by the very same people who took part in it, just because you choose not to believe it that doesn't mean it didn't happen. It just shows that you don't want to know the truth being the right wing nut job that you are.

    http://roger-dman-community.9...
  • MR. Q 2012/05/25 20:27:33
    MR.
    Get over it,..the story is long forgotten, by THOSE involved in it. (Your agenda is showing, you better pull em' up! (I'm country 1st, this nation must survive even for people like you, for too much blood was spilt keeping us free! Anti-American policies have come out of the woodwork since Obama's been in office,..he promotes it! (The liberals on the new commentary-news services nightly won't tell you that! Your being punked!
  • Q MR. 2012/05/25 20:32:10
  • Piper 2012/05/14 21:12:07
    Romney was a wealthy out of touch spoiled brat who picked on people.
    Piper
    +2
    "Corporations are people, my friend." The fact that he chuckles, about past atrocious acts, says a lot to me about who he IS.
  • Dave 2012/05/12 04:24:34
    Romney was a wealthy out of touch spoiled brat who picked on people.
    Dave
    +3
    And he's still a wealthy out of touch spoiled brat, who picks on people. "Corporations are people too, my friend!"
  • CHUCK 2012/05/12 01:53:07 (edited)
    Willard was just having some fun and it wasn't mean spirited.
    CHUCK
    WHERE IS THE NEW STUDENT ( JOHN ) NOW..PART OF THE OWS MOVEMENT..
    OR DID HE DIE OF AIDES..AFTER HE SPREAD IT AROUND..???


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  • Sinpac 2012/05/11 20:05:48
    Romney was a wealthy out of touch spoiled brat who picked on people.
    Sinpac
    +4
    Then he Skipped out on the draft then took his bulling to Bain!
  • CHUCK Sinpac 2012/05/12 02:12:41
  • Sinpac CHUCK 2012/05/13 14:52:07
    Sinpac
    +2
    Here's what makes it true!
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with supporting an unpopular war and advocating sending your classmates to sacrifice their lives for their country, and indeed, taking such an unpopular position would have merit if Willard enlisted in the military or put his name at the top of the list for the draft. Instead, he held the esteemed designation of Mormon missionary and was exempt from having to sacrifice anything for his country. After spending one year at Stanford, Romney went to France for 30 months to proselytize membership into his cult. It is a sign that Willard’s penchant for wanting others to sacrifice when he knows he will never have to is a lifelong trait he intends on maintaining if he is elected president.
  • CHUCK Sinpac 2012/05/14 23:28:04 (edited)
    CHUCK
    +1
    WHY DID NOT BILL CLINTON SUPPORT AN UNPOPULAR WAR??
    ONE IS CALLED ON A MISSION..MORMONISM AS TO WHAT MIT PRACTICES IS NOT A CULT..


    http://www.politifact.com/tru...
  • CHUCK Sinpac 2012/05/14 23:31:27
  • GOP Poison 2012/05/11 19:57:44
    Romney was a wealthy out of touch spoiled brat who picked on people.
    GOP Poison
    +4
    I wonder if we will hear any stories about Mitt going at it with someone one on one. Don't hold your breath.
  • Manwë 2012/05/11 06:40:28
    Romney was a wealthy out of touch spoiled brat who picked on people.
    Manwë
    +4
    Doesn't matter if he thought or knew John L. was gay or not. He picked on him because he was different. This is the behavior of a bully and shows Mitt's basic character.
  • CHUCK Manwë 2012/05/12 02:13:56
  • Manwë CHUCK 2012/05/13 02:17:34
    Manwë
    Yes, those who chose to p.o.t. liberals.
  • ♠Jen♠ BN - 0 2012/05/11 01:45:51
    Romney was a wealthy out of touch spoiled brat who picked on people.
    ♠Jen♠ BN - 0
    +3
    One day, however, he will find that high school will come back to bite him, if it hasn't already.
  • CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/11 00:55:23
    Willard was just having some fun and it wasn't mean spirited.
    CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Let's see. Romney pulls a prank while Obama does drugs, teases and knocks down a girl named Coretta and.....a crap load of other devious and stupid things. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-...
  • Q CMackle... 2012/05/11 01:05:02
    Q
    +1
    That's your excuse for Romney's bullying and abuse of a gay kid he went to school with? That Obama admitting to occasionally smoking pot and "doing a little blow when they could afford it" as a teenager was even worse. Good one! laughing gif
  • CMackle... Q 2012/05/11 01:07:08
    CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Love how you choose to ignore Obama's own words about how he bullied young Coretta at school. Typical liberal. Selective vision.
  • Q CMackle... 2012/05/11 01:17:45 (edited)
    Q
    +1
    Are you serious...you actually think that's as bad as what Romney did? I'm guessing the quote came from his book and that you're using it out of context, after all it's from Breibart a notorious sleazebag with questionable ethics and tactics. Here's a quote from Correta about having Obama as a fifth grade classmate, she doesn't seem very upset about their childhood incident.

    Coretta is Joella Edwards, who now lives in Florida. In interviews, she recalled the day Barry Obama arrived as a fifth-grader, having returned to Hawaii from four years in Indonesia with his mother. “He had a brown and white weird-design shirt, and just kind of stood there,” Ms. Edwards said. “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, there’s another black person here.’ ”

    “I was ‘the lonely only’ until he came,” she said, adding that she wished she had known then how sympathetic Mr. Obama felt. Five years later Ms. Edwards left Punahou, tired of “the n-word” and taunts of “Aunt Jemima,” she said.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/0...
  • CMackle... Q 2012/05/11 02:22:17
    CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    You have no idea what Romney did. You just repeat what was said by 4 Obama supporters about an event that supposably happened 47 years ago. Just another distraction tactic by the Obama Regime. No ones buying it but his own base.
  • Q CMackle... 2012/05/11 02:33:51
    Q
    +1
    They are well respected fellow classmates who even admitted to being a part of it, you really are clueless aren't you? If he would have had the decency to at least admit what he did it probably wouldn't be as big of a deal.

    Your lame @ss counter talking point was an utter failure....by all means do try again as I could use another hearty laugh.
  • CMackle... Q 2012/05/13 20:25:02
    CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Every one of those claiming this happened and why are ardent Obama supporters. Case closed.
  • Q CMackle... 2012/05/13 20:38:20
    Q
    Nonsense...you're not that bright are you?
  • CMackle... Q 2012/05/13 20:44:00
    CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    Look who's doing the insulting now. LMFAO.
  • **Starz... CMackle... 2012/05/11 01:59:08
    **StarzAbove**
    +2
    You're the one that's being selective. Obama never had a gang of thugs with him like Romney did to bully this kid and then cut his hair. How pathetic.
  • CMackle... **Starz... 2012/05/11 02:23:22
    CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Please. No ones buying this distraction tactic. Next!
  • **Starz... CMackle... 2012/05/11 02:25:24
    **StarzAbove**
    +2
    It's not a distraction and you know it. LOL It's gonna hurt him big time come election day. No one likes a bully. Ooops, guess you do.
  • CMackle... **Starz... 2012/05/11 02:26:34
    CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Forgotten by next week. Nice try though.
  • **Starz... CMackle... 2012/05/11 02:27:04
    **StarzAbove**
    +2
    We'll see about that. lol lol
  • CMackle... **Starz... 2012/05/11 02:30:30
    CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    No, we won't see. That's my point. Honestly. The best the left can dig up on Romney is about a schoolyard haircut and a dog on the roof of the car. Niether compare to what Obama's done.
  • **Starz... CMackle... 2012/05/11 02:34:51 (edited)
    **StarzAbove**
    +2
    Now you're grasping at straws and you're making yourself look ignorant. lol hahahahah

    Goodnight, you've made my day. lol

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  • CMackle... **Starz... 2012/05/13 20:27:41
    CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    It has now been only a few days and it's out of the news cycle except at PMSNBC. Although I'm sure Kieth Olbermann is in a basement somewhere blogging about it as we speak.
  • CMackle... **Starz... 2012/05/23 18:07:55
    CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    As I stated, forgotten.

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