Saturday, November 22, 2008

The REALLY most exciting election of our time.

It was held yesterday and it was for third grade president of [-----] elementary school. Ryan decided not to run, which, as you might imagine, given my love of all things politics, was a little disappointing. I wanted to run for third grade president vacariously through him.

Back on November 7th, they had primaries. Each classroom picked a top candidate. Then they had two weeks to pick their vice presidential candidates and to campaign.

Apparently in 3rd grade, there is no law against buying votes as DAILY Ryan would come home with laffy taffy, cookies, candy, etc etc.

There was one candidate that I would have to say was like the DNC, what with their full-sized, personalized "Vote For Me" candy bars and their 30 minutes spot on prime-time TV that could delay the World Series...er....anyways, the other candidates didin't quite seem to have that type of budget.

I did love how seriously Ryan was taking his vote. He told me he wasn't even going to vote for a boy just because he, too, was a boy. And, he told me he wasn't going to vote for someone who was his friend just because he was his friend. He told me he was going to listen to each of the final speeches and decide who he wanted to vote for from there. Candy couldn't buy his vote, he said. Then, he paused. "I do really like the candy, though." :)

A young gentleman from Ryan's class was the winner. He shall henceforth be known as Mr. President. In the end, I was glad Ryan didn't run. I'm pretty sure I would've cracked under all of that candy pressure! Because as we all know, there can only be one president...everyone else goes home sad AND overloaded with sugar.

8 comments:

Echloe said...

That is a really cute story. Especially the part about Ryan liking the candy.

ICLW

Danifred said...

My, life has gotten complicated for 8 year olds.... although I would have loved to have my votes bought with candy back then!!!!

zandor said...

That's pretty awesome how serious they took it.

Rachel said...

That is *so* cute how serious they took the entire thing.

And I think you're right... it would be a lot of pressure if he had run. Like you said, only one kid can be president. :)

nh said...

Love that story - particularly the fact it was taken so seriously.

ICLW

Michelle said...

That is so cute. What a great thing to teach children. The importance of the election. It sounds like Ryan has a good head on his shoulders.

Elana Kahn said...

That's really adorable!! I'm glad Ryan understands what voting is all about. Here from ICLW.

noblekleigh said...

Oh yes, the other candidates didn't seem to have that sort of budget. Maybe because they were buying lavish wardrobes for their running mates...