A Political Post!

30 Oct

Our local paper ran a feature yesterday “Ask the Candidates”, in which local elementary school students posed their questions to Obama and McCain.  There were a few gems I’d like to share with you.

Dear presidential candidates, Can you make more books because I love to read.  I would pick the candidate that said yes.  Not the one that said no.

-K., Grade 3

K totally gets politics.


Hello, my name is R.  Why do you want to be president?  Are you going to make prices lower for poor people?  Will you stop the war?  Will you make warm places for homeless people?

-R., Grade 4

Gee, I wonder who his parents are voting for.  I suspect he’s a plant.  Darn that liberal media!


Will you make free stuff?  Kids don’t get a lot of money.  Will you let kids ride go-carts?  So kids don’t have to walk places.  Can you make schools a little longer?

-S., Grade 3

Hey, I’ll vote for anyone who promises me a free go-cart.


As the President entered the room smiling, my mouth opened and the questions immediately jumped out.  “How will you help immigrants learn English?  What will you do to help migrant farm workers earn better pay?  How will you help immigrants feel more welcome in our country?”  Finally, I stopped for his response.  With a smile he said, “Wow those are great questions.  Let’s spend the day, share our ideas and come up with some solutions.”

-L., Grade 5

Is this kid for real?


What would you do if you were president?  Would you be nice or mean?  Would you be happy or sad?  If you are not happy then why are you running for it.  You need to be nice to the people.  Being president is hard work.

-M., Grade 4

I propose a constitutional amendment:  Only nice, happy people may run for President of the United States.  No sad meanies!


And my favorite.

I, R., in the fourth grade, ask you why you are running for president?  Why, I ask?  Because the job of being president is a hard job!  Being president can mean that thousands of people are counting on you.

-R., Grade 4

He’s right, you know.  Out of the 300 million people in our nation, there may well be thousands of them counting on these candidates.


And here’s what I would ask.

Dear Presidential Candidates,

If elected, would you run for re-election in 2012?  I would pick the candidate who said no.  Not the one who said yes.



What would you ask the candidates?


Oh, and how awesome would this be?  You know what this country needs?  More cowbell!


23 Responses to “A Political Post!”

  1. cheryl October 30, 2008 at 10:19 am #

    Walken for President!!
    Oh, how that would be a dream come true…

    Btw, I have to agree with the “running again in 2012”. Cynical? Nope. I’m a realist, just like you.

  2. bythelbs October 30, 2008 at 10:21 am #

    Where’s your letter, Cheryl? I specifically requested that you ask a question of the candidates!

  3. dja73 October 30, 2008 at 10:22 am #

    I would totally vote for Christopher Walken, but only if he’d do the Fat Boy Slim dance for special events in the White House!

  4. bythelbs October 30, 2008 at 10:28 am #

    You mean this dance, Desi?

    Classic awesomeness.

    (Anyone know how to embed the little linky-dos into comments? I’ve never learned and would be most grateful for a lesson.)

  5. Boquinha October 30, 2008 at 11:16 am #

    I want to know about the 3rd grader who wants longer school!

  6. Mother of the Wild Boys October 30, 2008 at 11:23 am #

    Dear Candidates,
    Would you take dancing lessons from Christopher Walken? And can you promise a cowbell in every home?

  7. Evitafjord October 30, 2008 at 11:36 am #

    Dear Candidates,

    Please shut up. No one really likes either of you, we’re all voting for our own personal “lesser of two evils.”

    Oh, and do either of you like brinner? Because a candidate who can enjoy a good brinner really gets the average American and would totally get my vote if I hadn’t already given it last week at early voting.


    I think I am feeling a little cynical today. Or just grumpy because it’s Halloween tomorrow.

  8. flip flop mama October 30, 2008 at 11:40 am #

    Dear Candidates,

    Why do you have to lie? We all see through you so you’re not fooling anyone.

    flip flop mama

    I’d vote for Walken.

  9. bythelbs October 30, 2008 at 11:53 am #

    Boquinha—I thought that same thing!

    Mother—We could be co-campaign managers!

    Evita—Exactly! You’re awesome.

    Flip—I’m thinking I have a write-in now.

  10. cheryl October 30, 2008 at 11:58 am #

    Doh! Sorry. Here’s my letter:

    Dear Candidates–



  11. flip flop mama October 30, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

    Or how about this one:

    Dear Candidates,

    Why do you lie? Oh and don’t say you don’t because that would be another lie.


    Can you tell I’m a little grouchy today?

  12. Julie October 30, 2008 at 12:25 pm #

    “I propose a constitutional amendment: Only nice, happy people may run for President of the United States. No sad meanies!”

    I guess John McCain is out…


  13. thewoobdog October 30, 2008 at 12:39 pm #

    Dear Candidates:

    What is your quest?
    What is your favorite color?
    What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

    Thank you.


  14. cheryl October 30, 2008 at 12:46 pm #

    I think Woob wins the question contest.

    Was it a contest?

  15. madhousewife October 30, 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    Dear Candidates:

    Would you have Joe Lieberman sing “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” at your inaugural ball? I pick the candidate that says yes, not the one that says no.

    X’s & O’s, Madhousewife

  16. dja73 October 30, 2008 at 3:54 pm #

    That’s the dance!!!

    I of course had to go and watch the video as soon as I posted that comment, just to be reminded of how great it is.

    I’ve got nothin for you on embedding linky-dos into comments.

  17. Julie October 30, 2008 at 6:52 pm #

    Just wanted to go on record — my tongue was firmly in my cheek when typing that comment. I’m not sure why I feel like I need to clarify that, but I do, so I am. The End.

  18. bythelbs October 30, 2008 at 7:06 pm #

    Julie—You didn’t need to clarify, but you’re always welcome to say whatever you’d like!

    Woob—Your questions were the best. If it were a contest you would win, but it’s not so too bad.

    Mad—I’m going to have to look up this “Werewolf Bar Mitvah” song now. Oh, and do you know how to embed the linky-dos into comments?

  19. Susan M October 30, 2008 at 7:46 pm #

    Dear Candidates:

    Only an idiot would want to be President right now. Why are you an idiot?


  20. bythelbs October 30, 2008 at 9:59 pm #


  21. Alison Wonderland October 31, 2008 at 8:36 am #

    I want to come up with something really smart and clever right now but between Woob and Susan, well really I got nothing.

  22. Susan M October 31, 2008 at 2:46 pm #

    Jon Stewart actually asked Obama my question when he was on his show this week. Obama had an impressive answer—something about how when times are tough you gotta work hard to pull everyone together, it’s a great opportunity to change and fix things, etc.

    Good luck with that.

  23. Julie October 31, 2008 at 8:16 pm #

    My favorite question Jon Stewart asked Obama was if his white half was going to have a hard time voting for himself once he walks into the booth. Classic and hilarious.

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