President Barack Obama’s allies are going after presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for supposedly bullying a high school classmate over 45 years ago. Mr. Romney has apologized for the now questionable story that has been repeated throughout a number of outlets.
When he first ran for office, Mr. Obama was portrayed as a teenager who defended other kids at the prestigious private Hawaiian Punahou School. The Seattle Post Intelligencer reported in 2008 that a classmate of Mr. Obama’s, Dean Ando, said, ”(Obama) was always the biggest guy, he never bullied anybody. If anything, he would defend people. Even as a kid, he just never wanted to get into major conflict. He was more a get-along guy, just a great friend.”
However, Barack Obama did not give himself that much credit. In his own auto-biography, “Dreams From My Father,” he talks about a classmate by the name of “Coretta” who is picked on for her weight and who he later shoves. (Book audio above H/T Badger Pundit):
“I’m not her boyfriend!” I shouted. I ran up to Coretta and gave her a slight shove; she staggered back and looked up at me, but still said nothing. “Leave me alone!” I shouted again. And suddenly Coretta was running, faster and faster, until she disappeared from sight. Appreciative laughs rose around me. Then the bell rang, and the teachers appeared to round us back to class.
Greg Pollowitz at National Review cites another passage of the book where Obama’s mean streak comes out:
I went out and ordered Dreams from My Father on Kindle and discovered young Barack’s horrific treatment of his fellow college student Tim.
The future president wrote that Tim wasn’t a “conscious brother.” He “talked like Beaver Cleaver” and had a white girlfriend who, Obama guessed, listened to “country music.” What’s worse, Obama thought Tim’s real name should be “Tom.” As in Uncle. Shameful!
Some things never really change. After all, was it not the Obama campaign in 2008 that found itself in knots trying to explain how Obama did not call Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin a “pig”?