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Obama’s Speech – Reaction from the Constituency

By Brian | September 8, 2009 | Share on Facebook

Since President Obama’s speech today was directed at the nation’s school children, I took an informal poll in my house (sample size: two)

Brandon (age 6), before the speech: The President is speaking at 12 noon? What about kids on the west coast? Will they still be asleep?

Brandon, after the speech: If the President asks for help all the time, then we can too.

Avery (age 9), after the speech: If the kids with all those challenges accomplished their goals, then we should accomplish our goals more easily than them. Not easily, but more easily.

Avery, when asked if Barack Obama should visit his elementary school one day: I’d rather he wait until next year and visit our middle school, because when you’re the youngest in the school, you get to sit closest to the stage during an assembly, and then I’d be the first one to shake his hand when the speech is over. If he visited our elementary school this year, I’d be way in the back.

Topics: News and/or Media, Political Rantings | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Obama’s Speech – Reaction from the Constituency”

  1. jason says at September 8th, 2009 at 5:20 pm :
    I must say, I’m impressed with Brandon’s and Avery’s awareness of the world around them. I don’t recall knowing that there were different time zones when I was six, let alone understanding how they work, and Avery’s pretty sharp with his “first to shake the President’s hand” scheme. :)

  2. Brian says at September 9th, 2009 at 9:57 am :
    Thanks, Jason.

    Yeah – it’s a different world today. My kids have been in four different timezones already, and they’re both under the age of 10.

    And, of course, e-mail and flat-rate long distance telephone service have made communication outside of the timezone (neighborhood?) much, much more frequent. I can remember only talking to my California relatives once every couple of months. Today, I get daily Facebook updates from them…


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