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August 1, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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Romneys have $500,000 horse competing in London Olympics

Constantly focused away from the issues

Here’s something I don’t understand: We’re supposed to criticize Ann Romney for having her own personal wealth and being involved with horses, fashion, travel and all the stuff we’d all be involved in if we could, but we loved and admired Jackie Kennedy when she had the same wealth, privileges and a slew of horses to play with [“Romneys take ribbing over fancy Olympic horse,” News, July 28]. What the heck has happened in the intervening years that makes it now the norm to criticize anyone who has succeeded?

And another thing: Mitt Romney is supposed to spill his guts to the public about his entire past, going way back to grade school. So then how come we don’t have access to anything about President. Barack Obama back beyond his last election campaign? Apparently he never had a best friend, girlfriend, classmate, neighborhood pack of pals, etc. Surely some of them would have come forth with some anecdotes by now about his past.

And how come he can seal his Harvard records when we had access to George W. Bush’s, and he was criticized mightily for being a lousy student and even called a draft dodger? Apparently Obama has no past.

And why the scrutiny of Romney’s investments? No one ever questioned how the Kennedy’s wealth was accumulated, even though there were questions later about his father and the Germans before World War II. Could it possibly be the media? Always on the prowl for something inflammatory to broadcast to snag our attention. Many of our former presidents had much worse scandals in their past than high-school pranks and the kind of gaffes that we all make, but no one who wasn’t in their immediate vicinity knew about them and they still did a bang-up job as president.

Digging into the minutia of every candidate’s life by the media is really grasping for just about anything, no matter how inconsequential, to snag our attention and fill their airtime. How pathetic we are to get sucked into this and steered away from the real issues. Shame on us!

— Shirley Annette, Renton

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