Monday, January 9, 2012

Preppy protester: The moment a 19-year-old Mitt Romney demonstrated in favour of Vietnam War draft

Fortunate son: Mr Romney's status as a 'Mormon missionary' meant he was exempt from the Vietnam War draft
  • Teenage Romney takes unpopular stance in favour of south-east Asian war
  • But his status as 'Mormon missionary' exempted him from the draft
  • Future GOP presidential candidate dressed in smart, preppy clothes
  • Romney's father George was the Governor of Michigan at the time
By Graham Smith

Last updated at 1:06 PM on 6th January 2012

They say every picture tells a story.
A newly-unearthed photograph showing Mitt Romney demonstrating in favour of the Vietnam War draft might leave the presidential candidate feeling somewhat embarrassed.

The veteran Republican, then 19, can be seen picketing an anti-war sit-in at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in 1966.

Mr Romney will no doubt be proud of his younger self taking what was at the time a very unpopular stance.  However, he might grimace at his clean-cut appearance and preppy wardrobe.

Taken at the height of the swinging Sixties, Mr Romney holds a sign declaring 'Speak Out, Don't Sit In' as, alongside like-minded individuals, he proclaims his support for Lyndon Johnson's ever-expanding draft.  But, in a marked contrast to the relaxed  dress sense associated with that decade's youth movement, he is wearing smart white slacks, a white buttoned-up shirt and a dark blazer. READ MORE

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