President? Or Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic?

by Jen on January 20, 2009

in Lowering the bar for mothers everywhere,This film is not yet rated

So, the other weekend the TV was on — since at our house, the TV is pretty much always on, but that’s another (addiction) story — showing Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. No one was really watching it — since at our house, just because the TV is on doesn’t mean anyone is actually watching — but apparently the Monkeyboy was paying more attention than I thought. Apparently, he pays more attention to all TV than I thought.

During one scene depicting the Galactic Senate, Monk pointed at the screen and exclaimed,

“Hey, it’s Barack Obama!”

I’m pleasantly surprised that at age three he knows there is a man named Barack Obama at all. I’m also amused that he thinks that our Senate uses hovering technology for their floating platforms when the United States doesn’t even use the metric system yet. But most of all I’m curious if he knows more about the future politics of the… planet than one would expect.

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The entire middle school went to the auditorium today to watch the inauguration streamed over the internet. The kids — ages 11 through 14 — sat riveted* throughout, clapping and hooting when appropriate. They even rose from their seats when the the people in D.C. were told to do so for the Presidential oath. In my opinion, being in that auditorium was way cooler than being on the Mall in D.C. would have been. Because history was made here today, too. Really, it was made everywhere.

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I’m glad my sons will grow up in a world where an African-American being elected President won’t be considered particularly newsworthy. It will just be considered normal.

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My hope is that by the time my sons can vote they won’t think a woman President is anything unusual either.

*For the most part. Come on, they’re kids.

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1 Ragtop Day January 26, 2009 at 7:53 pm

My second grader also watched the Inauguration at school, and it was her teacher who advocated for that to happen. I’m with you – I’m thrilled my kids already see no big deal in the color of our president’s skin, and by the time they’re old enough to vote, hopefully gender will be no big deal either. Here’s hoping.

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