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Washington Post Digs Deep, Forces Mitt Romney to Apologize for High School Pranks

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RUSH: The Washington Post has a huge story today by Jason Horowitz: "Mitt Romney's Prep School Classmates Recall Pranks, But Also Troubling Incidents." Now, this is May the 10th. I tell you, time is flying by some days. Some days it creeps, but lately it has been zipping by here. The Washington Post can find out what Mitt Romney was doing 50 years ago in high school, but they still can't be bothered to find Barack Obama's transcripts at Columbia or at Harvard. They can't find real girlfriends. They gotta go with this "compressed" composite.

They can't find, and they're not interested in finding, anyone who could answer: Did Obama pull any pranks in high school? What did Obama do in high school? Did Obama discriminate against anyone? Where did Obama go to high school? At what ages did he wear a turban and at what ages did he not? They haven't found out any of this stuff. (interruption) Well, there are pictures of him wearing a turban, I think in Kenya. My point is, the Washington Post can find out what Romney was doing in high school.

But they can't be bothered to find out what Obama's transcripts were, or even some of his writings through college and law school. These incidents that the Washington Post has dug up, has dug deep for, happened in 1965. And what they focus on here is that Romney teased, mocked, and taunted a student that even the Post says "could have been" gay. Could have been gay. Now, we know what's going on here. This is the campaign. This is exactly what was coming. You've been warned but you knew. You don't need to be warned. You knew this kind of stuff is coming.

This is what the Drive-By Media does in conjunction with the Democrat in the White House. When I saw this, I just started laughing. As recently as 2000 when they dug up the George W. Bush DWI the weekend before the election... Everybody was really upset about that and panicked over the impact it might have (and it did make the election closer). But here we are 12 years later. Now, maybe I'm wrong, but I think most people are gonna laugh at this. Well, it's so obvious now. It is so pathetically transparent what this is.

The media is ganging up on Romney. A pro-Obama media is ganging up on Romney. It was 1965! It was probably a stretch to say it had anything to do with the kid being presumed gay. If you had long hair in 1965, you were gonna get razzed. It didn't matter. They weren't gonna think you were in the Beatles. If you had long hair in 1965, you were gonna get made fun of. See, 1965 was a great year. Bullying was legal! (Watch that be a headline that shows up at Media Matters: "Limbaugh Praises Bullying While Defending Romney!" Hee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee. Ah, yes.)

Remember, now, this is the same Washington Post that found that the N-word was painted-over on the underside of a rock at a summer camp where Rick Perry used to go a hundred years ago. Remember that? You don't remember? That's why I'm here hosting. During the Republican presidential primaries the Washington Post ran a story.

You know what?

They found a rock at some summer camp that young Rick Perry went to and they found the N-word written on the bottom!

Somebody had to go there and hear, "You know, there used to be a rock here years and years ago that had the N-word on it."

"Really? Where is that rock?"

They went out, they found it, turned it over -- and lo and behold, there it was!

And since Perry had once gone to that camp, guess what? Perry either wrote it himself or knew about it and didn't say anything. Either way, Rick Perry was a dirty dog racist. And he actually had to spend time in a Republican debate, quote, unquote, "defending" this. Now, if the pattern holds true, what we're gonna find out here... We got a story in the Washington Post about Romney and the pranks he pulled, and he might have taunted a gay student in 1965. So if the pattern holds true, like with the dog story...

Remember what happened with the dog story? (interruption) You do? Tell me about the dog story. I want to make sure you understand the dog story. (interruption) You're not gonna be on the air. I just want you to tell me what is the dog story. (interruption) Right. So what do we find out? So we find out Romney is also insensitive to animals, hates dogs, and mistreats them. He's just this side of Michael Vick. Romney and the family got in the family sedan or family station wagon and they couldn't fit the dog in.

So they put it in a cage on top of the sedan and they drove down the highway. The dog loved it, but Romney is accused of having no heart where it comes to dogs, right? Then we find out that Obama admits to eating dog in one of his autobiographies. So if the pattern holds, what we're gonna find out here is not only did Obama harass a student in high school, but that he cut the student's hair off. And he didn't just make fun of the kid for long hair, he then ate the hair and wrote about the nutritional value of the kid's hair.

Obama admitted in his first biography that he's tried cocaine.

Has the Washington Post ever tried to find the seller?

They haven't?

Has the Washington Post ever tried to find the neighborhood where it happened to talk to other people who might have been around when Barry was doing cocaine? Yeah, I haven't seen that article, either. But when you print this thing out it's one, two, three pages here: "Mitt Romney's Prep School Classmates Recall Pranks, But Also Troubling Incidents."
Here's some of it. "Mitt Romney returned..." Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is the Dateline.
"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."

Oh, well, now it's even worse! It's a "prestigious" school, as opposed to some dump public school. Yeah, he was "a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School." The prestigious Cranbrook School. "Back on the handsome campus..." Oooh, it was a "handsome campus," too! Like Romney's hair. It was handsome. "Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields..." Oh, what a picture they're painting!

We're not even finished with the first sentence and we have a picture of Romney's school as though it's where the titans of industry gather for the economic forum in Davos, Switzerland. "Back on the handsome campus [Romney] spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases." Here's the picture. Get this idyllic setting: The "prestigious" Cranbrook School, Mitt Romney, 1965, coming off spring break...

Look, I was in school in 1965.  There wasn't any such thing as spring break.  Not for high school.  But minor point.  He comes back from spring break and among the Tudor brick buildings and the manicured fields, the ever observant Mitt Romney saw something that he didn't think belonged in this place.  Right people, you see, wore ties and carried briefcases in high school.  "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."  So, according to Friedemann's recollection, Romney kept complaining about Lauber's look. 

"A few days later, Friedemann," the friend of Romney's, the tattletale here, "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.' Friedemann said, 'He was just easy pickins','" presumed gay, blond hair over one eye. 

"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." Wow, Romney's dorm room had bay windows, too.  He had bay windows to go back to after harassing and cutting the hair of a presumed homosexual student whose hair was too long at the idyllic and prestigious Cranbrook School.  That's just the first three or four paragraphs.  Folks, look at all the Washington Post found out.  They went out and found five guys -- politics had nothing to do with it, of course not, no, no -- five guys to give Romney up on this story.  They can't find anybody that even knew Obama anywhere.  They don't care to find anybody that knew Obama. 

If somebody had come forth, "Hey, I knew Obama." "Sorry, we're not interested.  We've already got the story on Obama, and we're not changing it.  We're not even interested."  Now, grab audio sound bite, see here, 26, 27.  Fox News radio, Kilmeade & Friends, Brian Kilmeade.  They had Romney on there.  Kilmeade tells him about this Washington Post story and says, "It is about what you did or didn't do as a kid at around high school age.  How would you characterize this piece?" Did you really terror, bully, threaten, taunt, mock, make fun of, yell at, laugh at, humiliate this presumed blond-headed gay guy?

ROMNEY:  They talk about the fact that I played a lot of pranks in high school, and they described some that, well, you just say to yourself that, back in high school, you know, I did some dumb things, and if anybody was hurt by that or offended by, obviously I apologize.

RUSH:  Okay.  So he apologized for it.  And Kilmeade said, "Governor, in a situation like this, everybody is talking about gay rights, same-sex marriage, this article, in my humble opinion, Governor, is put out to show that you grew up in an intolerant environment.  Do you think that characterizes you properly?"

ROMNEY: No, of course not.  The incidents that they're speaking about, in both cases they indicated the people involved didn't come out of the closet until years later.  The idea that this was something that was known by me or by -- I can't speak for others, but by me is obviously absurd.  I had no idea that this person might have been gay.  And the article points out, I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school, and some may have gone too far, and for that I apologize.

RUSH:  So Romney's apologized.  I mean that's early this morning when this happened. Romney apologized. Washington Post dug deep and got the details on this.  Should Romney have apologized?  Because that basically ends the story, moves it on, should he have ignored it?  Did he do the right thing, Snerdley, in apologizing?  Hm-hm.  He couldn't ignore it.  This is not so obvious as to be laughed at. I mean the timing, the presumed gay -- I don't know.  See, I think the audience, the voting public, is so much more sophisticated and aware now than they were even 12 years ago in 2000.  Well, maybe I'm projecting.  I'm sophisticated. 

I recognize what this is.  This is absolute BS. (interruption) Yeah, well, but my audience doesn't believe the stuff about me.  I don't doubt it works with brain numbed.  But this is so... "Hey, see what's in the Post today?  Romney beat up a gay kid in 1965."  "Oh, no.  Oh, no.  That's it for Romney.  I've had it.  I didn't like him anyway, but he beat up a gay kid in '65?  That's it for me."  I just don't see things working that way.  I guess maybe they still do. 

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