It's not supposed to be the way we do things," says Rosenbaum."We're supposed to do things out in the open in America.He was head of the Yale Political Union, and a tap for Skull and Bones was seen as the natural sequel to that." David Brooks, a conservative commentator who has published a book on the social dynamics of the upwardly mobile, says that while Skull & Bones may be elite and secret, it's anything but exciting."My view of secret societies is they're like the first class cabin in airplanes.The other 14 members are sitting on plush couches, and the lights are dimmed," says Robbins. And the, this activity is supposed to last anywhere from between one to three hours." What's the point of this?
But as a Bonesman, he was required to reveal his innermost secrets to his fellow Bones initiates."They're supposed to recount their entire sexual histories in sort of a dim, a dimly-lit cozy room.
And Don Quixote lifts his sword and taps the Bonesman on his left shoulder and says, 'By order of our order, I dub thee knight of Euloga.'"It's a lot of mumbo-jumbo, says Robbins, but it means a lot to the people who are in it.
"Prescott Bush, George W's grandfather, and a band of Bonesmen, robbed the grave of Geronimo, took the skull and some personal relics of the Apache chief and brought them back to the tomb," says Robbins.
"And that's why this is something that we need to know about."President Bush has tapped five fellow Bonesmen to join his administration.
Most recently, he selected William Donaldson, Skull and Bones 1953, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
"I spoke with about 100 members of Skull and Bones and they were members who were tired of the secrecy, and that's why they were willing to talk to me," says Robbins.