through the mouths of children
The below conversation was in September of 2017 while carpooling my son (10) and three other children between 8 and 13 years old.
Me/Mom: What do you each think about Donald Trump?
8 year old: Baddest president. Maybe he’ll die soon and we get a new one.
11 year old: He would be a good president if he didn’t make people leave our country who look different than white people. They are good and not hurting anybody. He is the one who should leave.
10 year old: I think he is the worst president ever.
13 year old: I want to know his IQ. I bet it’s probably like 20.
11 year old: I think presidents should take a bunch of tests before they get to be president. Kind of like an intelligence test. I mean we have to take tests all the time at school to see if we know what we are doing and talking about. It’s not fair he got chosen when he does not have his facts straight.
8 year old: Yea, plus he is mean, I don’t like him.
10 year old: My cat, Beebles, would be a better president.
11 year old: Vote for Thomas/10 yr old to be best president ever.
Chorus of laughter and we arrive at school. They pile out and I sit stunned at how they ridiculed the president of America. How not one of them had an ounce of respect for the president. I grew up with George Bush as president and don’t remember feeling as comfortable as they are to express such distaste for a human being in a powerful position.
May all bellies be happy!