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!