Third-String Rummy: Donald Rumsfeld at Princeton

Last spring, when I found this New Yorker article on the Ivy League Football Association, football season was already over and baseball was in the air. I’ve been sitting on it ever since and if I don’t post it now, I’ll forget and another season will be gone.

It’s not much: The main revelation is that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was a third-string quarterback his freshman year at Princeton. The article also gives us an excuse to post the above 1954 class photo of Rumsfeld, in which he looks more like a football player than how we normally think of him: a kind of third-string supervillain plotting world domination in one of the lesser Bond movies. — CC

12 Comments on "Third-String Rummy: Donald Rumsfeld at Princeton"

  1. he is quite attractive in this picture; the tweed is rather flattering.

  2. The club collar, pin and herringbone…those are some things he is getting right. Here’s to Donald, as he was.

  3. Looks exactly like one of those frat-rat hoods who unfortunately made many civilized men want to avoid wearing Ivy/Trad clothing.

  4. I didn’t realize Ivy Style had a political bent.

  5. Neither did I.

  6. he is not being political at all….how ridiculous. You must also know that Rumsfeld was on the Princeton wrestling team. I’ve seen photos

  7. The Princeton man was simply excellent in executing the duties of the office. Removing the Butcher of Baghdad with minimal US casualties will be remembered as a great military accomplishment.

    His performance was far superior to that of the Harvard simpleton, Elliot Richardson, or the Yalie, Leslie Aspin, Jr. The worst performance might have been the Cal Berkeley and Harvard man, Robert McNamara. Perhaps Rumsfeld’s years in the ROTC helped in his later performance. The attention to detail is evident in his dress as shown in the picture.

  8. Regardless of political affiliation, I think we can all agree he has the same smug look he carried with him into public office. One can easily picture this Ivy Leaguer growing into the man that would proclaim “We know where they [the WMDs] are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.”

  9. Hi: Do you know which book you got that image out of? I’m an editor over at Wikipedia, and we’re curious about the photo’s legality status for purposes of using it on the encyclopedia.

  10. “third-string supervillain”?

    Just discovered this Website about 15 minutes ago via Twitter. I was wondering how long it would be before I’d be hit with the first liberal “tell.”

  11. A man sees what he wants to see.

  12. Wow…I had no idea how VERY HOT Donald Rumsfeld was in his college days! He must have been pretty sought after with the ladies during his time as a Naval Aviator 😉

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