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From the Yearbook to the White House: The 2012 Republicans in High School

3:12 pm - 01/19/2012
One of these former teens will probably win the GOP's White House nomination in 2012. Since the press will inevitably rifle through their histories with astonishing thirst and thoroughness, we may as well take this early campaign moment to glimpse them at their most innocent, ungainly, ambitious, preppy, or long-haired, before the serious digging begins (or, for the better-known candidates, before it begins anew).

The following is a compilation of their high school yearbook photos. We've included nearly every declared, likely, and strongly possible 2012 Republican presidential primary candidate, along with awards and activities listed for their respective senior years. Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann, for example, may not have not taken formal steps toward running, but have expressed interest in the presidency, directly and less directly.

Source and pictures

Wow...some of these people were pretty!
jettakd 19th-Jan-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
jeppa 20th-Jan-2012 12:33 am (UTC)
I wonder if he ever made it to ~regionals~
layweed 19th-Jan-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
What the hell is that thing on Huntsman's head? Also, lololol Santorum
tigerdreams 20th-Jan-2012 12:17 am (UTC)
The 1970s were not kind to either of them.
farting_nora 19th-Jan-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)

those sideburns
hinoema 19th-Jan-2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
Total beatnik.
layweed 19th-Jan-2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
It's definitely impressive, but sometimes I think people just do all that just so they can pad their resume or their application to college or something.
schexyschteve 19th-Jan-2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
Michelle Bachmann = Millie from Freaks and Geeks, y/y?

ascendings 19th-Jan-2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
idk why i cant stop laughing at huntsman's photo
executivehpfan 20th-Jan-2012 12:42 am (UTC)
13chapters 19th-Jan-2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
Yet another reason never to run for high office. O__O
roseofjuly 20th-Jan-2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, hopefully if I ever run they use my graduation picture. My senior yearbook picture sucked.
floweranza 19th-Jan-2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
Uh. Well, hopefully we won't see any of them in the White House.

That little illustration from Ron Paul's yearbook was cute though.
keeperofthekeys 19th-Jan-2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
lololol slayed at Huntsman's picture, then died again at Santorum's
remorseful 19th-Jan-2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
I'm from the same area as Rick Perry, and some of my mom's friends went to HS with him. I found this when I was clicking around on Facebook one day.

So, since he's missing from the list... Rick(y) Perry's high school photo, bottom right.

Edited at 2012-01-19 11:40 pm (UTC)
floweranza 19th-Jan-2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Man, people had some excellent names and hairstyles. XD
evil_laugher 19th-Jan-2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Before the spray-tans and the hair plugs hit...

Gotta love Huntsman's perm. And Mitt should be beaten up solely based on that club activity list.
smilingskull 19th-Jan-2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
I just about died at Santorum, omg. THOSE GLASSES. THOSE SIDEBURNS. THAT SHIRT.

Also, damn Newt, what happened?
baked_goldfish 20th-Jan-2012 12:44 am (UTC)
I think Newt looked just as douchey back then as he does today.
lord_cellytron 19th-Jan-2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
JON HUNTSMAN'S FUCKING HAIR, omg he was in a band. He looks like he belongs in REO Speedwagon there.

Also, wow, he dropped out and got a GED? Surprising. Wonder how many other politicians didn't finish high school.

And I can't stop giggling at Mittens in Glee Club.
baked_goldfish 20th-Jan-2012 12:43 am (UTC)
lol'd at TPaw, died at Huntsman, disturbed at how not-bad looking Ron Paul was, died again at Santorum, who the fuck is Fred Karger?
lizzy_someone 20th-Jan-2012 03:05 am (UTC)
Gay Republican running for president.
executivehpfan 20th-Jan-2012 12:44 am (UTC)
Newt Gingrich was voted "Most Intellectual".

zotlot 20th-Jan-2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
I know, I lol'd at that, too!
simplefaith08 20th-Jan-2012 12:47 am (UTC)
Newt Gingrich seems to be like Carl Frederickson in the sense that he grew to be literally more square as he got older (also, LOL at him being on the debate team).
I'm cracking up over Huntsman's hair.
I'll admit, the little "class bests" drawings are adorable.
coyotesuspect 20th-Jan-2012 12:48 am (UTC)
Ron Paul got a tumbling award? As in gymnastics? That actually sounds pretty hilarious.

ontd_p, what were y'all involved with in high school?
roseofjuly 20th-Jan-2012 02:23 am (UTC)
I was in marching band and editor of the literary magazine, in the Beta Club, in drama club, and I made the top 10% of my senior class. I was also voted Most Intelligent.

So in other words, I was always a nerd.

Edited at 2012-01-20 02:23 am (UTC)
angry_chick 20th-Jan-2012 02:50 am (UTC)
Time for me to start roasting.

-Mittens, not surprisingly, looks like an overprivileged douchebag.
-Tim Pawlenty looks like the really old guy that repeated about a billion and one times before the teacher just said "Fuck it, get out of here."
-Jon Huntsman...god, dude, that's a fucking horrible photograph.
-Sarah Palin was not at all hot. She has some powerful awesome thighs, though.
-Michelle Bachmann looks like the girl that would have stabbed her friend (the head cheerleader) in the back if it meant that she was going to blow the Captain of the Football Team.
-Newt Gingrich looks disgusting. Like one of the guys that would have been involved in some Southern hate crimes.
-Who the fuck is Gary Johnson?
-Ron Paul looks lonely as hell.
-Why does Herman Cain look not only dumb as hell, but totally full of himself?
-Frothy? LOOKS like an asshole. He looks like the asshole that would look off of someone else's test to get the answers and then claim that 'He' was the one being copied. He looks like he doesn't have a single original or intelligent thought of his own.
Who the fuck is Fred Karger?
roseofjuly 20th-Jan-2012 05:07 am (UTC)
Herman Cain still looks totally full of himself and super douchey.
astridmyrna 20th-Jan-2012 03:29 am (UTC)
Oh my god.

Young!Herman Cain looks exactly like that fucking creeper I met at a pagan club who told me "Oh? You're leaving? Well, keep the faith, or unfaith, as some people see atheism as a religion."

Then again, Herman Cain would probably say the same thing. No wonder they look so much alike. *blegh*
amyura 20th-Jan-2012 03:33 am (UTC)
Oh GEEZ-- Newt and I won the same superlative in high school.
bmh4d0k3n 20th-Jan-2012 04:45 am (UTC)
Wait, both Bachmann and Gingrich were in theatre? Like, did/do they know how many gay kids are in theatre?
freebacon 20th-Jan-2012 05:41 am (UTC)
what is with Mormons and perfect rows of white teeth

like their mouths are lined with Chicklets

it's like i'm watching the Osmonds all over again :stare:
fauxdistressed 20th-Jan-2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
so can we start posting our high school photos yet?
superfan1 20th-Jan-2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
Not a bad idea. :)
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