Political Bullying at it's best. Obama and Romney fair share.
Political mud slinging has taken the turn for the silly. In my last Blog posting Obama comes in full gear to support same sex marriage, oddly the accusation against Mitt comes out right at the moment of Obama's announcement . The Press will do what it can to demonize Romney . Mitt is the bad guy , as they would want you to believe . I think now Obama's tactic if he is responsible in some way is a bit unprofessional . How far back can you dig up dirt on a person , just to ruin his or her political carrier ? The press dutifully dug up a story (a mostly false story) that Mitt Romney used to bully gay kids when he was a teenager – but they failed once again to read Barack Obama’s own memoir, Dreams from My Father. In it, he explicitly describes bullying a young girl and shoving her to the ground.The Washington Post is doubling down on its Romney-the-bully story, with multiple columns today dragging the story out, but let's focus on faux-earnest angsting from Ruth Marcus over the "troubling" story:So how to think about The Post’s story of Romney and the purportedly gay prep school classmate he bullied? Recklessness is a common side-effect of adolescence — drinking too much, driving too fast. Meanness is another matter. Yes, teenager are more prone to displaying the primal cruelty of “Mean Girls” and “Lord of the Flies” than their grown-up selves. But the Queen Bees of middle school have an unpleasant tendency to grow into the Real Housewives of Wherever.
Obama describes his bulling from his autobiography :
“There was one child in my class, though, who reminded me of a different sort of pain. Her name was Coretta. And before my arrival, she had been the only black person in our grade. She was plump and dark and didn’t seem to have many friends. From the first day we avoided each other but watched from a distance, as if direct contact would only remind us more keenly of our isolation. Finally during recess one hot cloudless day, we found ourselves occupying the same corner of the playground. I don’t remember what we said to each other but I remember that suddenly she was chasing me around the jungle gyms and swings. She was laughing brightly, and I teased her and dodged this way and that until she finally caught me and we fell to the ground breathless. When I looked up, I saw a group of children, faceless before the glare of the sun pointing down at us. “Coretta has a boyfriend, Coretta has a boyfriend.” The chants grew louder as more kids circled around us. “She’s not my girlfriend,” I Stammered. I looked at Coretta for some assistance but she just stood there looking down at the ground.”
NOTES AND COMMENTS:
It is absolutely incredible that the Washington Post and the liberal media thinks they can make an issue of this. They will try just about anything and pretend they are upset about it or it is a big issue. Here, they say with a straight face that a little prep school rough housing (which was a mean thing to do) 50 years ago was significant, while Obama as the same stage of his life was doing cocaine and a truant from school, yet not a word. I love it when the conservatives go to Obama's book (that everyone loved and no one read) to find counter points on the dog and now the bully issue.
Well, Obama just got bullied into supporting gay marriage by his young daughters, so he apparently is still vulnerable to middle school students. Thank God the Putins of the world are NOT middle school students, or we'd be screwed....
The pretend world is so interesting sometimes. Like a movie where you agree tacitly to suspend reality for the moments that allow fiction. No reason at all to doubt the incident being described, but you know how you get a distinct voice from the things that you read and this is not even close.