• Lauren Bloom is an interfaith minister and attorney who focuses on professional and personal integrity. Her career has been devoted to helping business professionals earn and maintain the trust of their clients, cutomers, colleagues and associates. An internationally-recognized expert on business and professional ethics, Lauren has appeared as a keynote speaker across North America and in Europe.

    Lauren lives in Springfield, Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.

  • Mitt Romney is unfit to be President

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    This may the be post that permanently alienates my more conservative readers, but I can’t let this go. The Washington Post reported Thursday that, while in prep school, presumptive Presidential nominee Mitt Romney was offended by the appearance of a younger boy whom the Post described as “a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, [who] was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality.” The younger boy reportedly wore his “bleached-blond” hair “draped over one eye” and the Post quotes the young Romney as saying, “‘He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!'” According to the Post, Romney gathered a group of his friends and, together, they pinned the boy to the ground and Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors. The Post reported that five of Romney’s fellow students independently described the event, quoting one of the participants as saying that the younger boy was “‘terrified'” and “‘to this day it troubles me … what a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do.'”

    So, many years later, what does candidate Romney have to say about this? In an interview on Fox Radio, Romney said, “Back in high school, I did some dumb things, and if anybody was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize for that … I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school, and some might have gone too far, and for that I apologize.” And here’s my personal favorite: “I don’t remember that incident” (italics mine).

    Ye gods.

    We’ve all done stupid, hurtful things, and when teenaged kids gang up and bully their peers, it’s never pretty. If Romney had offered a sincere apology for bullying a “terrified” younger boy – who has since passed away and, thankfully, was spared the media spectacle around the Post story – I wouldn’t have liked what he did, but I could have forgiven him. But Romney’s half-hearted, conditional apology demonstrates that he can’t or won’t accept responsibility for his actions, and his claim that he doesn’t even remember what happened is downright appalling. This wasn’t just a whacky adolescent prank; five other people reportedly saw Romney assault a younger boy with a pair of scissors, for pity’s sake! How arrogant and unfeeling would one have to be to dismiss such violence from memory?

    I’ve come to the opinion that Mitt Romney is a liar, a monster or both, not because he did something vicious as a teenager, but because he doesn’t recognize or won’t acknowledge the seriousness of what he once did. Either way, he doesn’t belong in the White House.

    To read the Post story, click here.

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