Hastert’s High School Love

“You know, Mr. Speaker, you and I have a lot in common,” Kean said. “You were a high school history teacher?”

“Yes,” Hastert replied.

“And so was I,” Kean said, reminiscing about his two-year stint as a teacher at St. Mark’s, the Massachusetts prep school that he had attended as a student. “And you were a wrestling coach?” he continued.

“Yes,” Hastert said, clearly softening. “Yes, I loved that.”

—Philip Shenon, The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation, (New York: Twelve, 2008), 229.

From Shenon’s work it seems quite possible the 9/11 Commission received an extension in its mandate in part because of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives’ fond memories of sexually abusing teenage boys.

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