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Saluting our prep school Presidents on President’s Day

With everyone kicking back and enjoying a day off on President’s Day, I figured that we should recognize those men who graduated from some of our country’s finest prep schools.

Franklin Roosevelt on the Groton Football Team

First up to the plate is Franklin D. Roosevelt. I did some research, and it seems like FDR is the first true prep school grad to win the high office. His cousin Teddy Roosevelt was home schooled. FDR went to Groton, and as much as we sometimes hate on Groton, I have some friends there and you can’t deny its a great school. 

Check out FDR in his Groton JV football t-neck. Classic.

 

JFK is swag surfing

Following FDR was John F. Kennedy. We have already written about JFK being so prep. He went to Choate before it became Choate Rosemary Hall and then went to Harvard.  Just check out the photo above. JFK had so much coastal swag going on that it was ridiculous.

George H.W. Bush as a student at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts

The next President up was George H.W. Bush, who attended Phillips Andover, ’42. Bush was a legend at Andover, and went to Yale to play some baseball AFTER serving in the Navy in WWII. Despite his wealth and connections, Bush chose to serve his country before going on to college. He and his family are well liked in Kennebunkport.

George W. Bush at Andover

Last up is George W. Bush, who also attended Andover. Bush followed in his father’s footsteps in many ways, although he did not excel as an athlete as his father did. Like his father, “W” went to Yale and then got his MBA from Harvard. Even though he has solid east coast prep cred, W really has more cowboy swag than anything else.

So, in case you are keeping score, it’s Groton: 1, Choate: 1 and Andover: 2. If Mitt Romney becomes president, Belmont Hill gets 1/2 a point because Romney sent all his boys there.

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South Carolina beauty contestants supporting Newt Gingrich

POWDERSVILLE, S.C.–Newt Gingrich secured tiara-crowned nods from two beauty pageant winners Saturday afternoon, just a few hours before the South Carolina polls closed.

Hannah Failoni and Cassidy Durham, who were crowned Miss Powdersville and Miss Powdersville Teen, told Yahoo News they would vote for Gingrich–Durham is not old enough to vote–when he stopped to greet supporters at a voting precinct at Powdersville Middle School.

Is that a good thing for Gingrich?

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Suffield grad moves on to UT-Austin, joins Al Qaeda and then gets blown up.

In this Nov. 18, 2011 photo, the dead body of Moeed Abdul Salam who killed himself with a grenade during a paramilitary raid on his apartment, is is carried by volunteers in Karachi, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

(AP) Moeed Abdul Salam didn’t descend into radical Islam for lack of other options. He grew up in a well-off Texas household, attended a pricey boarding school and graduated from one of the state’s most respected universities.
But the most unlikely thing about his recruitment was his family: Two generations had spent years promoting interfaith harmony and combating Muslim stereotypes in their hometown and even on national television.

Salam rejected his relatives’ moderate faith and comfortable life, choosing instead a path that led him to work for al Qaeda. His odyssey ended late last year in a middle-of-the-night explosion in Pakistan. The 37-year-old father of four was dead after paramilitary troops stormed his apartment.

Officers said Salam committed suicide with a grenade. An Islamic media group said the troops killed him.

The family, originally from Pakistan, immigrated to the U.S. decades ago. Salam’s father was a pilot for a Saudi airline, and the family eventually settled in the Dallas suburb of Plano. Their cream-colored brick home, assessed at nearly $400,000, stands on a corner lot in a quiet, upper-class neighborhood.

The family obtained American citizenship in 1986. Salam attended Suffield Academy in Connecticut, a private high school where tuition and board currently run $46,500. He graduated in 1992.

A classmate, Wadiya Wynn, of Laurel, Md., recalled that Salam played varsity golf, sang in an a cappella group and in the chamber choir, and that he hung out with a small group of “hippie-ish” friends. She thought he was a mediocre student, but noted that just being admitted to Suffield was highly competitive.

This happened in November of last year. How did this not make the news?

Suffield is one of the oldest prep schools in CT. I tried to get more info on their famous alumni from Wikipedia, but it’s blacked out because of that stupid SOPA thing. Instead I found the info from Urban Dictionary, and I think it’s not quite the same: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Suffield%20Academy

Back to Mr. Salam. If you enjoy the privilege of citizenship in this country, and then turn around and try to kill your fellow citizens, dead is how you will probably end up. 

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Nobody gets South Carolina

What’s wrong with this picture?

None of the Republican candidates gets South Carolina. Not a sign of a Southern Proper necktie anywhere to be found. You would think that someone on the campaign staff would pick up a GOP tie from a southern company (like maybe someone on the Romney campaign, WH???)

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Stephen Colbert for President???

By Lucas Shaw at TheWrap

Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:04pm EST

The race to be the next President of the United States might now come down to Barack Obama and…Stephen Colbert?

The Comedy Central funny man announced his intention to run for president of the “United States of America of South Carolina” at the taping of his show Thursday night and will try to compete in South Carolina’s GOP primary Jan. 21.

“I’m proud to announce I plan to form an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my candidacy,” Colbert said.

I don’t watch much Stephen Colbert. I get it. He’s a sarcastic late night guy who takes a semi-serious look at politics and the news. However, he was pretty funny in this cameo on CYE, so maybe he has a shot.

Surprising to find out that he is a South Carolina native. I really thought that he was from Wellesley.

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