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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Kids thinking they can be president is okay; but wanting to be president isn’t.

By Dennis Byrne
Chicago Daily Observer

Everyone who wrote an essay in kindergarten, raise your hand.

No one?

Well, Barack Obama has, but I didn’t see his hand go up because maybe he isn’t in the audience. In fact, an essay he wrote in kindergarten in which he declared his desire to become president has briefly appeared as a central issue in the Illinois Democratic senator’s presidential campaign.

The issue here, as couched by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is just how truthful is Obama’s finely honed image as someone who never really thought of running for president until the masses demanded it?

More fascinating, though, is the idea a kindergartener—Obama or anyone else—wrote an essay when he was five or six. Especially when so many Americans today can’t write a paragraph or even a complete sentence.

An essay, for the love of mike, is defined as a literary composition, often reflecting an author’s personal view. When did ...Read more in the Chicago Daily Observer


lake county democrat said...

Things that make me cry:

Barrack Obama betrays the Save Darfur movement and nobody writes about it. Hillary, who I have no love for, makes this silly crack about Obama's kindergarden essay and EVERYONE writes about it.

Stay classy, media.

Midwestern Progressive said...


Mr. Byrne writes:

When did kindergarteners begin having “views?” When did they start composing literally works?

My six year old kindergartner knows the difference between "literally" and "literary."

He also writes page-long "essays" quite often, some of them about what he'd like to do when he grows up. (At the moment, the options are "policeman" like his late grandfather, or else NASCAR driver.)

Perhaps these "essays" don't meet your "literally" standards, Mr. Byrne, or rise to the level of Samuel Johnson and Henry David Thoreau.

But your bleating is little more than another pathetic example of partisan hackery.