Mitt Romney at Stanford

April 17, 2014 • Stanford, Vintage • Views: 693

I don't know what Mitt is saying in this shot (he's the one pointing) but it's probably something like, "shut up you dirty hippie!" Photo credit: Chuck Painter / Stanford News Service

I don’t know what Mitt is saying in this shot (he’s the one pointing) but it’s probably something like, “shut up you dirty hippie!” Just kidding. I have no idea.
Photo credit: Chuck Painter / Stanford News Service

In 1970, Mitt Romney called the Vietnam War a political blunder. But as a freshman at Stanford in May of 1966, Romney protested against an anti-Vietnam War sit-in, in front of the University president’s office. The sit-in organizers were protesting against draft status tests. The counter protesters carried signs in support of President Sterling. Romney, in a blazer and button down shirt, was one of them. Like most undergraduates, Romney was exempt from the draft. Whether he wanted to go to Vietnam or would have gone willingly, I have no idea. It’s interesting though how many photos there are in the Stanford archives of this particular event. He was just 18, or thereabouts at the time and it’s strange to think how when these photos were shot, no one knew really who he was. These days we joke that nothing really washes off the internet – those social media profiles, the drunken photos etc. are there to stay. But I suppose even then, photos were being stored and archived somewhere, only to find themselves on the internet decades later, where they will likely live forever.

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