Monday, October 13, 2008
Elections 2008 Brinkel-style
This is for Brandi who says I need to update my blog.
From the backseat in the car on the way to school last month, Brahm pipes up, "Mom, you know who I'm voting for for president? Obama." I'm surprised and amused, not by his choice per se but by the fact that he's given it any thought.
"You know who I'm voting for?", Oliver chimes in, removing his sucking fingers from his mouth only long enough to say the words. "John McCain."
This amuses me even more. I am imagining our '96 Subaru wagon rattling down the street with a McCain bumper sticker on Oliver's side and an Obama on Brahm's.
It's Brahm who interrupts my thoughts. "You know why I'm voting for Obama? It's because we've never had a black president before and I think it would be good if we could have one."
There's an audible pause and then this from the little brother: "Obama's black?"
"Yep." I confirm, "He's black."
"Is John McCain white?"
"Dear child, they don't come any whiter."
Another pause and then,"Well then I'm voting for Obama, too." I raise my eyebrows and glance in the rearview mirror to see if I can interpret his face for a reason behind the change. I can only tell that he's thinking.
"Why don't you want to vote for McCain anymore?" I finally ask.
"Well, if you put a black crayon on a piece of white paper and color it, the black will always win."
Aaaah. Now I see. No, I don't pretend to understand the logic behind the decision but with Oliver, it's all about winning, whatever the context, whatever the reasoning. Therefore, come November 5th, may the best crayon win.