It appears that Thomas Buford, a prep school pal of Mitt Romney who just happened to be part of the 2008 Obama campaign, decided to dish the dirt that nearly 50 years ago, as a high school student, Mitt Romney ordered the code red.
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.
This was a dickish thing to do, even in 1965, 47 years ago. And I know the Washington Post is trying their damnedest to figure out how to claim that if Barack Obama could teleport through time to have a closeted white prep school son, he’d look like John Lauber.
It would matter a Hell of a lot more to me, though, if the Post and other dinosaur media would at least feign interest in ferreting out similar stories focusing on Obama’s past and displays of his early character.
Where are the stories of a young Barry taunting an animal rights activist while eating a doggie drumstick? Why don’t we hear about the rape victims he may have helped stone as part of a mob in Indonesia?
Why don’t we hear of Barry’s exploits at private college preparatory Punahou School? Did he ever tackle another boy for wearing a sarong or grass skirt of which he didn’t approve?
Did an older Barry Soetero deal drugs at Occidental College, or hang out with still active terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn while he was at Columbia, at a time she went to prison for her role in the deadly 1981 Brinks Armored Car robbery just across the river in Nyack, NY?
The Washington Post does not seem interested in pursuing any story of Obama’s far more interesting life as a student in Indonesia, an elite Hawaiian prep school, or his even more formative time at Occidental College, Columbia, or Harvard. These are times and events far more recent and more relevant to telling the story of Obama the man, than is a 47-year old story of Romney’s senior year.
If one candidate’s life is fair to dissect to a molecular level, then the media should dedicate an equal amount of time and energy to dissecting the life of the other candidate. In fact, broadcasting licensing for television and radio networks would seem to demand such reporting.
We know nothing about Barack Obama. If Americans are to give this under-performing President a second term, it will have to be based upon his character instead of his accomplishments, and so I dare the media to reveal it.