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03 August 2010
This just in.
My six-year old daughter is running for President of the United States of America.
She made the stunning announcement last night while we were watching the Padres face the Dodgers.
“Are they the New York Dodgers?,” she asked.
My 11-year old son, shocked if not offended that a member of his family would ask such a question, said “no, they are the Los Angeles Dodgers.”
“I thought they were from New York,” she replied.
Instantly I realized that my six-year old was not only adorable, but she was paying attention.
So I jumped in and said that they used to play in Brooklyn, which is in New York.
“That’s the team that Jackie Robinson played for,” she added.
Yes it is.
So I asked if she knew what Jackie Robinson was famous for.
“He wore the number that my brother wears.”
Actually, HE wears the number that Jackie wore.
My son did a report on Jackie in second grade and was so impressed by the story that he started wearing #42.
A number he wears with pride to this day, four years later.
I then informed my daughter that Jackie broke the color barrier, becoming the first black player in Major League history.
“That’s not nice,” she said. “They didn’t let people play because of their skin color?”
“White people should’ve imagined what it would’ve been like if they couldn’t play or if they were slaves.”
This is probably a good time to remind you that SHE IS SIX-YEARS OLD.
As the conversation continued, I realized that not only do I have an amazing daughter, actually two plus an amazing son, but if I can keep the dialogue going, I also have the makings of an amazing blog as well.
So I started writing down quotes like I was having lunch with Bob Dylan.
“The white people thought they were better than the blacks,” she said. “They made the blacks do all the chores. Wash the clothes in the river, because they didn’t have washing machines.”
“All the white people only thought about themselves and they should’ve thought about how the blacks were being treated.”
“Why would you make someone a slave? Treat someone how you would like to be treated.”
“It doesn’t matter what their skin color is, it matters what is in your heart.”
“If you want to be a bad person, you can be a bad person, but nobody wants to be your friend.”
She then notified me that she wanted to be the President of the United States, sometime between the age of 43 and 60.
She said that if she were the Prez, she too would’ve freed the slaves like Lincoln.
“I’d like to be the President. To do stuff, yes.”
“To make people do stuff for you and be your slave? No.”
With her actual campaign still a few years away, there is time to make adjustments, but for now, her platform is very clear:
This girl has clearly been watching too much Oprah.
But the fact that she has campaign promises, 43 years before the actual campaign, is quite impressive.
As we completed our interview, I mean our conversation, I asked if she knew why there has never been a female President.
“Because a girl hasn’t been elected,” she said.
“And some people don’t want a girl to be President.”
I think I’ve finally found a candidate that I can really trust.