What follows is an actual conversation I had with Paolo this morning walking to school, as closely as I can remember it. I thought it would be hard to explain a presidential election and my choice of candidate in a way that a kindergartner could understand. Turns out it was really easy.
Paolo, remember how yesterday you got to vote at school? Today, Daddy and I get to vote, and we’re really excited.
Mama, are you going to vote Farack Obama? You have to vote for him because he has a cool name.
Yes, we are going to vote for Barack Obama, but we like him the best because he’s really nice and he has better ideas than McCain.
Is McCain a bad guy?
No, he’s a good guy, too, but he only wants to help his friends, and Obama wants to help everybody.
Is McCain mean?
Not really, but he told people that Obama was a scary guy and said things about him that aren’t true.
So McCain thinks Obama is a bad guy?
Actually, no, he knows Obama is a good guy. He just wants to be president so bad, he forgot his manners.
Okay, well don’t forget to vote Farack Obama so he can help everyone. And tell Daddy.
We won’t forget.