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Sixty-nine photos of US politicians in high school with a few others mixed in.
posted by gman (74 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
I thought it was going to be something else...
posted by The Ultimate Olympian at 9:47 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Why is 'dissects a cat' in scare quotes? Is 'dissecting the cat' some sort of euphemism with which I was heretofore unfamiliar?
posted by shakespeherian at 9:47 AM on July 2, 2012


Can someone explain what the numbers next to activities are? My high school yearbook didn't have that -- graduating class of 1000 and all -- and I've never been able to figure out what they're for. I thought it was school years, but Gore's go up to VI.
posted by griphus at 9:48 AM on July 2, 2012


Al Gore nicknames: Al, Gorf

LOVE IT
posted by troika at 9:48 AM on July 2, 2012


Also can someone confirm that Romney is holding a (toy?) revolver to his chin in playful ebullience? Or are my eyes misinterpreting the tiny image?
posted by shakespeherian at 9:50 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


I normally don't like to hold people responsible for poor styling choices from their teenage years. However, John Boehner (11) looks like a shifty creep and Joe Walsh (31) is trying way to hard to be coy. And Janet Napolitano (59) should have known that suit was a bad idea, but many other fell into the same trap....
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:50 AM on July 2, 2012


GenjiandProust, wait until you get to Paul Begala('s haircut).
posted by troika at 9:51 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Tell me I'm not the only one who saw Michele Bachmann and thought 'BERKS!'
posted by Mooski at 9:51 AM on July 2, 2012


I don't want to know what Boehner was looking at to induce that sly, puffy look of appraisal.
posted by The Whelk at 9:52 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Al Gore's Special Interests: Art, politics, agriculture, Tennessee
posted by odinsdream at 9:52 AM on July 2, 2012 [4 favorites]


Has Cheney ever smiled?
posted by shakespeherian at 9:54 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


griphus: "Can someone explain what the numbers next to activities are? My high school yearbook didn't have that -- graduating class of 1000 and all -- and I've never been able to figure out what they're for. I thought it was school years, but Gore's go up to VI."

Maybe Al Gore went to a combined Jr. and Sr. High School.

Ah ha, yes.
posted by that's how you get ants at 9:56 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


You guys I'm afraid Paul Begala is actually an ageless being.
posted by odinsdream at 9:57 AM on July 2, 2012


Smiling is a waste of muscular energy storage that could be used to devour infants and kittens
posted by clockzero at 9:57 AM on July 2, 2012 [4 favorites]


Janet Napolitano (59) should have known that suit was a bad idea, but many other fell into the same trap.

We need to switch the definition of "santorum" to be a unit of pants terribleness.
posted by DU at 9:57 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dissecting cats? What the hell, were there no frogs or pig fetii?!?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:57 AM on July 2, 2012


Our HS dissected cats in Biology 2. (One of the main reasons I didn't take Biology 2.)
posted by DU at 9:59 AM on July 2, 2012


Has Cheney ever smiled?

Cheney smirks.
posted by Mooski at 9:59 AM on July 2, 2012


Idaho Governor Butch Otter looks like he had a small speaking part in Pete's Dragon or something.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:59 AM on July 2, 2012


Jeez, Cuomo, bad choice on that bow tie, paisan.
posted by jonmc at 10:02 AM on July 2, 2012


Romney's caption: "Give a guy enough rope and he'll hang himself."

True, true.
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 10:04 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


A lot of these people looked like humans originally (notably Romney and Bachmann). But not Lieberman. Oh no, he's always had a self-satisfied smirk. And always been President, I see.
posted by DU at 10:06 AM on July 2, 2012


Axelrod wins!
posted by Liquidwolf at 10:07 AM on July 2, 2012 [4 favorites]


Joe Lieberman looked like the kind of kid who called points of order at the Dungeons and Dragons club meetings.
posted by griphus at 10:07 AM on July 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


Woah. Paul Ryan and Rod Blagojevich still have the exact same hair. Also: Damn, Pelosi and Clinton had it goin' on. For that matter, so did Al Gore...
posted by zombieflanders at 10:08 AM on July 2, 2012


It's crazy to look at these people in their youth before going through what they did to become the people they are today.
posted by Chutzler at 10:08 AM on July 2, 2012


"I want what I want when I want it"

Stay classy, Eric. You pathetic little asshole.
posted by Talez at 10:14 AM on July 2, 2012 [7 favorites]


Good lord, Rod Blagojevich didn't age nor change his wardrobe!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 10:14 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


My new theory is that Blago printed out this photo at some huge format and then just cut out the hair portion and has been wearing that for twenty years.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:19 AM on July 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


Sixty-nine photos of US politicians

I thought it was going to be something else...


Thak god it wasn't!!!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 10:19 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Michael R. Bloomberg: President, Slide Rule Club.
posted by Quack at 10:20 AM on July 2, 2012 [5 favorites]


Thank. Thank god. Or thak god, your choice.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 10:20 AM on July 2, 2012


I have a crush on Elizabeth Warren now, and I would certainly have had a crush on her then. What a cutie!
posted by tommyD at 10:46 AM on July 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


That must have been the last time that Dan Quayle was ever cast in a flattering light...
posted by schmod at 10:47 AM on July 2, 2012


Fuckin' Sabbath, man! Axelrod FTW. He's so rock n roll that "FTW" means "Fuck the World" and "For the Win" at the same time.

Al Gore: "I'm hot."
Michelle Bachmann sees him: "ERMAHGERD!"
Hillary Rodham Clinton sees him: "I'd hit it."
Rick Santorum sees him: "ERMAHGERD!"
posted by NoMich at 10:48 AM on July 2, 2012


Good lord, Rod Blagojevich didn't age nor change his wardrobe!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 10:14 AM on July 2 [+] [!]


He's always reminded me of Bryan Ferry with that hair. I admire a dude who finds a style and sticks with it.
posted by snottydick at 10:51 AM on July 2, 2012


I think Rick Santorum is the only person in that photo who's not stoned. He's also the only person in that photo that doesn't know that he's the only one who's not stoned.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 10:52 AM on July 2, 2012 [4 favorites]


Biden appears to have been a cool, normal guy then as now.
posted by eugenen at 10:57 AM on July 2, 2012


Fuckin' Sabbath, man! Axelrod FTW.

You can't grow up post-60s with a name like Dave Axelrod and not be metal.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 10:59 AM on July 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


I find it hard to believe that even in a black and white photo, John Boehner isn't orange.
posted by sonika at 11:00 AM on July 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


Rand Paul is dissecting a cat in his yearbook photo? Damn, Democratic opposition researchers are total pussies.
posted by jonp72 at 11:01 AM on July 2, 2012


clockzero: "Smiling is a waste of muscular energy storage that could be used to devour infants and kittens"

I just save that energy in my gut.

Seriously, though - it looks like Boehner and Giuliani have the startings of a little mafia bully clique going...

I love the bad 'dos on a lot of these guys.
posted by symbioid at 11:01 AM on July 2, 2012


And Vitter dear god if that doesn't scream angry young bully...
posted by symbioid at 11:03 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm pretty sure John Boehner is hiding an erection.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:24 AM on July 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


I see Joe Walsh let Rob Liefeld draw his yearbook photo.

and I find it funny that when I couldn't, for some reason, recall Mr Liefeld's name, a quick google search for "worst comic book artist ever" came up with his name instantly.
posted by shmegegge at 11:26 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Paul LePage is giving me a weird Vincent D'Onofrio vibe, with maybe a little Jack Black as well.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:31 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


College man Teddy Roosevelt is unimpressed by all of them.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:35 AM on July 2, 2012 [11 favorites]


Governor Rick Scott as a teen.
posted by Afroblanco at 11:41 AM on July 2, 2012


Axelrod wins!

Based on the linked photos, I'd say Pelosi wins. A lotta hair, a lotta look, and the steely conviction that she will be somebody.
posted by psoas at 12:05 PM on July 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


Has Cheney ever smiled?

The last time he saw someone torture a puppy.
posted by Afroblanco at 12:05 PM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dissecting cats? What the hell, were there no frogs or pig fetii?!?

In my high school, we dissected worms, fish, frogs, fetal pigs and cats.
posted by Thorzdad at 12:11 PM on July 2, 2012


A lotta hair, a lotta look, and the steely conviction that she will be somebody.

Pick Flick D'Alesandro
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:11 PM on July 2, 2012


All I'm getting from these photos is a sense of nausea and dread.
posted by dunkadunc at 12:23 PM on July 2, 2012


I wonder where Obama would be if Agnelo P. Azulay was his campaign advisor instead of David Axelrod.
posted by ChuraChura at 12:28 PM on July 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


Jesus, Mitt with the gun to his own head.
posted by Ironmouth at 12:56 PM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Mental notes while looking through:
"Still a creep.
Creep.
Still a creep.
Creep.
Impressive hair!
Still a creep.
Still a creep.
Still a creep.
Creep.
Whoo, she was cayute!
Creep.
Wow, he almost looks human..." et c.
posted by notsnot at 1:07 PM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Saxby Chamblis, Haley Barbour, Steny Hoyer, Rand Paul, Mitt Romney. If you grow up with a name like this, you have virtually no chance of not going into politics.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 1:15 PM on July 2, 2012


Oh, no, they're pretty normal in the South.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 1:17 PM on July 2, 2012


Well, maybe not Saxby.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 1:17 PM on July 2, 2012


Jesus, Mitt with the gun to his own head.

Why is this photo not being posted on every available electron on the interwebs right now?
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 1:18 PM on July 2, 2012


I see Jon Huntsman and I had the same hair in high school.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:47 PM on July 2, 2012


I always look at pre-1970's photos with wonder. Did the people just seem better looking because they were better groomed, or was it because the low-res photos hid a lot of defects?
posted by The ____ of Justice at 2:03 PM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Damn, Pelosi and Clinton had it goin' on.

I came in basically to post this. Pelosi was a damn classy looking dame.
posted by 256 at 2:05 PM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Even then, he had an arrogant and untrustworthy look. The Desperado indeed.
posted by madamjujujive at 2:16 PM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm pretty sure John Boehner is hiding an erection.

posted by TheWhiteSkull at 2:24 PM on July 2 [1 favorite +] [!]


Salvador Dali, is that you??
posted by wittgenstein at 2:16 PM on July 2, 2012


Lieberman's bowtie is hypnotizing me somehow. Someone send smelling salts.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 3:06 PM on July 2, 2012


Waxby

Chambliss

Wow.
posted by ShutterBun at 3:09 PM on July 2, 2012


Judging by the smirks I'd say someone made a comment about Santorum's pants just before the picture was snapped.
posted by Killick at 3:19 PM on July 2, 2012


Lieberman's bowtie is hypnotizing me somehow.

It looks like he glued big googly eyes to it.
posted by Kevtaro at 3:25 PM on July 2, 2012


From Joe Walsh's photo you can just predict he's going to grow up into the dude that stiffs his ex-wife for child support. Totally foreseeable. Also: Jan Brewer was one of the Mean Girls in high school.
posted by ambrosia at 3:45 PM on July 2, 2012


If you're going to go with a Maddow yearbook picture, let it be this one.
posted by Halloween Jack at 4:34 PM on July 2, 2012


Boehner looks like Al Capone's crybaby little brother.
posted by wallabear at 7:10 PM on July 2, 2012


In many of the pictures, the psychotic evil is already apparent.
posted by telstar at 12:53 AM on July 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Desperado indeed.

He definitely still hasn't come to his senses.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 5:53 AM on July 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


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