The scene: reading camp. Six year-old student (Hereafter, Six) and seven year-old student (blah blah, Seven) are coloring pictures of words that have the long-a sound, including a frame. Six has drawn a person inside his frame...
Six: Guess who I drew! He has white hair.
Me: Santa Claus?
Me: Uh...my grandpa?
Six: No, the president!
Me: President Washington? He had white hair.
Six: Yes! President Washington!
Seven: He's mean!
Me: President Washington was our first president a long, long time ago.
Me (seizing on what we in the business call a "teachable moment"): Who is the president now?
Six and Seven:
Me: President Bush.
Seven: He's the one who's mean! (There was some unintelligible explanation here, which seemed to maybe have to do with the president making kids take tests? Possibly? Hard to say.)
Me: We get a new president in January. Everyone will vote in November.
Seven: I'm voting for the black guy what looks like a basketball player.
Six: I'm voting for Indiana Jones!
Sadly, I'm not sure this is so far below the thought process of many voters in this country. I mean, hopefully most people know that Indiana Jones is not only not running, but also fictitious. Hopefully.
These two kids could have a future though in producing campaign commercials:
"Sure, he looks like a basketball player, but is Barack Obama ready to lead?"
"John McCain: He's no Indiana Jones."
It doesn't really matter to me, either way. I'm voting for Batman.