The Boston Globe on Monday uncovered former FBI director James Comey's college newspaper musings — and Twitter erupted with glee, criticism and confusion.
When writing for the College of William & Mary's Flat Hat newspaper in the 1980's, Comey's commentary was as contradictory as it was during his tenure at the bureau. He discussed both the need to focus on campus rape and increasing admissions diversity — but also took pot shots at Harvard women, who he considered to be less attractive than the women at his alma mater.
"Girlwise, Harvard is desolate,” Comey wrote, recalling a supposed friend's impression of the Massachusetts Ivy League school. “There is very little grass in Harvard Yard; the coeds (we use the term loosely) ate it all. A large number of Harvard undergraduate men are unaware that the school went coed fifteen years ago.”
Recounting stories from his friend "Paul," who attended Harvard, Comey wrote that "Harvard girls make an effort too, he said . . . to buy baggy jeans and fill them.”
Responding to the former FBI director's college ruminations, Twitter had as much to say on the subject as Comey did about the many issued he covered during his academic journalism career.
"College Comey sounds like a real piece of work," Crooked Media's Priyanka Aribindi tweeted.
College Comey sounds like a real piece of work https://t.co/HLXaotHH12 https://t.co/Zmz7U0l7R6— Priyanka Aribindi (@Priyanka Aribindi)1523298103.0
Washington Post reporter Tracy Jan, meanwhile, appeared to laud Comey for his focus on race relations at the school.
.@Comey, as a college student, called on @williamandmary to do more to recruit black students. “For the sake of the… https://t.co/Upeh5uB2vO— Tracy Jan (@Tracy Jan)1523299620.0
Check out some of the best responses below:
Matt dug up James Comey's old college newspaper columns, where the now-famous former FBI director muses on campus b… https://t.co/36W5Bj7pKG— Steadman™ (@Steadman™)1523298000.0
Tonight, on Hannity... https://t.co/K8cUIBUeTG— Liz Mair (@Liz Mair)1523298305.0
@mviser Did not expect college-student James @Comey to be such a vivid writer.— Because of crimes (@Because of crimes)1523299841.0
Lifehack: Never be a columnist for a college newspaper https://t.co/YDY8FMDrsf— ryan teague beckwith (@ryan teague beckwith)1523298029.0
“This guy is no loser. He’s almost as attractive as I am.” — James Comey the columnist for the William and Mary new… https://t.co/1wpDfdikZ2— Eliza Collins (@Eliza Collins)1523299976.0
Jim Comey, collegiate columnist, in defense of his native New Jersey: “People go out to eat at places besides Seven… https://t.co/9x8artI3qb— Matt Viser (@Matt Viser)1523298589.0