That Kodak Moment: Romney in High School and Obama in Church

I remember a time in grammar school where I wasn’t so proud of my ethnic heritage  because of, shall we say, a certain person’s poor choice of words and phrases used over-zealously to offend.  I bore the brunt of some boorish, nasty ethnic slurs, spoken repeatedly, snarkily.  Fast-forward to 2012, and I find it amusing that the misguided zealot is now married to a successful businessman with a decidedly ethnic surname.  Is she the same person today that she was back in grammar school? Maybe not.  Life has perhaps taught her a lesson or two.  We can only hope.

So now we have The Washington Post story, “Mitt Romney’s prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents.”  I read the entire article, and okay, wealthy preppie acts out and plays some not so smart pranks and in some instances goes overboard.  Do we know people in our lives who would fit the Romney prankster mold?  We all do and did.

Now that we have this expose on Romney’s high school years, I’m still waiting for someone to help me understand how another politician can spend 20+ years in one church and make the following claim:

The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. — Senator Barack Obama

Rev. Jeremiah Wright (Chicago Tribune-2006)

YouTube video link found here.

“Reverend Wright retired last month, but members of the Church say, he left a lasting impression on them and Senator Obama.”

If we’re going to pass judgment based upon a snapshot in time, I know which Kodak moment I prefer in the White House.