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The Honeymoon Period:

Three year old Natalie, playing with one of her favorite toys: "Daddy, who bought this for me?"

Me: "I think I did."

Natalie: "No, I don't think so."

Me: "Yes, I think it was me."

Natalie: "No, it was that guy."

Me: "Who?"

Natalie (excitedly): "That guy, the guy!"

Me: "Which guy?"

Natalie: "Barack Obama."

OrinKerr:
Natalie is too cute to fail.
1.1.2009 9:45pm
Sean M.:
Clearly demonstrating Obama's socialist policies.

(But I think Orin wins the thread. We should just stop now).
1.1.2009 10:06pm
Nessuno:
This is too frightening for words.
1.1.2009 10:18pm
TerrencePhilip:
Lo, we have seen another sign. The omniscience of the One grows more apparent day by day.
1.1.2009 10:41pm
LM (mail):
I believe Natalie.
1.1.2009 10:57pm
Charles Chapman (mail) (www):
And this, of course, is Obama's fault.
1.1.2009 11:04pm
d-berg:
Reap what you sow. It's not like little Natalie learned how great this guy is from blogs or New York Times.
1.1.2009 11:19pm
Anderson (mail):
TOO funny!
1.1.2009 11:25pm
one of many:
I dunno about you, if strange men were buying toys for my 3-year-old daughter, I'd be pretty worried.
1.2.2009 1:14am
Glocksman:
Natalie (excitedly): "That guy, the guy!"


She almost got it right.
Obama's either 'the one' or 'that one' depending upon your POV.

Just wait until she starts asking for hope flavored Kool-Aid. :)
1.2.2009 1:46am
Joe Kowalski (mail):
Well, given that GMU receives various funds from the Federal government (through student aid and other means), and Professor Bernstein's Salary in part is paid with those funds, and Obama, as Senator has voted for the various appropriations bills to make those funds available, it could be argued that Mr. Obama was a participant the providing for the purchase of Miss Natalie's toy...
1.2.2009 2:16am
Eric Jablow (mail):
Are all bloggers' daughters named Natalie?
1.2.2009 2:17am
Button127:
Um, if Warren Buffet says you're not a socialist then you're not a socialist....
1.2.2009 2:33am
Kev (mail) (www):
Are all bloggers' daughters named Natalie?


That's what I thought when I first saw this, Eric; I was wondering why Lileks was guestblogging at VC. ;-)
1.2.2009 3:36am
Ryan Waxx (mail):
Just tell her that the Obama she sees on TV is make-believe. It has the benefit of being true.
1.2.2009 7:36am
Matt P (mail):
3 years old and she already knows how to push a man's buttons. Just wait till she's a teen!
1.2.2009 9:02am
PubliusFL:
The Democratic platform is sinking in: "The government is Santa Claus"! ;)
1.2.2009 9:13am
Matt P (mail):
As an aside, and because IMO nothing is funnier than running a joke into the ground:

How do our resident atheists feel about this kind of religious display by a child?
1.2.2009 9:28am
Sk (mail):
This suggests that the tv is on in your house way too much.

sk
1.2.2009 9:30am
Houston Lawyer:
Once I explained to my 12 and 10 year-old children that Obama wants to take more money from daddy through higher taxes, they were against him.

Natilie appears to know enough to be allowed to vote.
1.2.2009 9:37am
Anderson (mail):
Once I explained to my 12 and 10 year-old children that Obama wants to take more money from daddy through higher taxes, they were against him.

Understandable. What's gratifying is how many voters mature past the 10-12-years-old bracket.
1.2.2009 9:40am
Eli Rabett (www):
What a smart kid

True Celebrity:

My 2 3/4 year-old daughter came up to me yesterday as I was sitting reading a book and said, "Daddy, I want to see Barack Obama." I replied, "Natalie, who is Barack Obama?" To which she replied, firmly and insistently, "I don't know!"


I take it we will be reading these until she hits 11?
1.2.2009 9:52am
Hanah Volokh (mail) (www):
I read a strikingly similar post here
1.2.2009 9:59am
Prof. S. (mail):
Well, according to one of my far left-leaning friends (and huge supporter of Obama), he doesn't consider his paycheck his. Rather, it's the government's money and they let him keep a certain percentage of it. In that case, she is correct.

And yes, I'm serious about his comment. I about fell out of my chair.
1.2.2009 10:14am
DavidBernstein (mail):
This suggests that the tv is on in your house way too much.
It does suggest that, but in fact, except for shows geared to preschoolers (Natalie is a HUGE Dora fan), the t.v. is virtually never on, and on the rare occasions when it is, we aren't watching the news.
1.2.2009 10:51am
Anderson (mail):
Natalie is a HUGE Dora fan

Oh, lord, so's my 4YO boy. "I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map ...."
1.2.2009 10:57am
sagar:
nice! when she starts to talk about "His kind eyes and confident smile ..." you are in trouble.

for those keeping score (or complaining) this post is not about Israel:)
1.2.2009 11:12am
LHD (mail):
I love how a cute, funny story gets turned into an opportunity to, alternatively, rend garments at the coming apocalypse that must be threatening America now that Barack HUSSEIN Obama is going to be President, or excoriate David Bernstein for his parenting skills. Props to Anderson for having a sense of humor, at least.
1.2.2009 11:25am
Daedalus (mail):
For an interesting parallel, read the short book: THE CHILDREN'S STORY by James Clavell.
1.2.2009 11:53am
Awesome-O:
when she starts to talk about "His kind eyes and confident smile ..." you are in trouble.

The statement in the ad is "His confident smile and kind eyes are an inspiration to us all." I say this not to nitpick, but because the sentence is constructed beautifully, for increasing ludicrousness as it progresses. Let's unpack it a bit, and you'll see what I mean.

(1) His confident smile: No argument there. Even Obama's detractors will tell you that the man generally looked poised and confident throughout the campaign, and why shouldn't he have? For all but a few days, he was winning.

(2) ...and kind eyes: Speaking of eyes, this is where mine start to roll. Is there "kindness" in the flesh-and-blood Obama's eyes? Eye of the beholder, I suppose. But considering that the most conspicuous feature of the Victory Plate is the absence of a heavenly host singing loud hosannas to God's Other Son, I will admit that the plate is painted with eyes that could conceivably be considered "kind."

(3) ...are an inspiration to us all. I am inspired to throw up a little in my mouth.

So there we have it: in twelve words we go from inoffensive to ludicrous to nauseating. Epic.
1.2.2009 12:00pm
DavidBernstein (mail):
Oh, lord, so's my 4YO boy. "I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map ....
And Natalie watches it in English, Spanish, and Hebrew (Ani mapa, ani mapa, ani mapa!)
1.2.2009 12:00pm
CJColucci:
Now that's spreading the wealth around.
1.2.2009 12:06pm
ronnie dobbs (mail):
Consider it a down payment for Natalie's vote in Obama's 2024 re-re-re-re-election bid.
1.2.2009 12:52pm
Bob from Ohio (mail):

And Natalie watches it in English, Spanish, and Hebrew


Hebrew is the language of Israel. This post is just another example of his obsession.
1.2.2009 1:08pm
Happyshooter:
I was at a wedding this New Year's Eve--a very nice event--when an upper middle class professional woman and Ann Arbor resident felt the need to open her pie hole and spew.

She feels that Obama will save us all, that Bush's wars will come to an end, and after we 'make up' (I think in cash) to the arabs they will love him and us.

She also supports University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman's bid to take the U private, so that the nasty State Constitution won't be able to racistly block blacks below the cut from getting a free education.

She got kind of sad when I commented that Mary Sue showed she was an idiot unworthy of a government position, and that Barry is going to screw America so hard that we will wish Carter was back in office.
1.2.2009 1:08pm
Awesome-O:
Hebrew is the language of Israel. This post is just another example of his obsession.

All I know is that Natalie probably misspoke. She meant to say "Ehud Barak."
1.2.2009 1:39pm
Cornellian (mail):
Once I explained to my 12 and 10 year-old children that Obama wants to take more money from daddy through higher taxes, they were against him.


Have you converted them to the superior Republican alternative of just borrowing the money instead?
1.2.2009 1:43pm
jukeboxgrad (mail):
Once I explained to my 12 and 10 year-old children that Obama wants to take more money from daddy through higher taxes, they were against him.


Have you converted them to the superior Republican alternative of just borrowing the money instead?


Exactly. Wait till those kids find out that the GOP concept is to transfer the tax burden to the kids, and let daddy off the hook.

Voters under 30 picked Obama, 66%/32% (only two other demographic factors were substantially stronger predictors: being black or being Jewish). The GOP concept of getting our kids to pay our taxes for us might have something to do with it.
1.2.2009 1:55pm
David H. Fuller (mail) (www):
Dang it, when will Obama send me some toys? Specifically, I'd like some Playmobil.
1.2.2009 1:58pm
Awesome-O:
Voters under 30 picked Obama, 66%/32% (only two other demographic factors were substantially stronger predictors: being black or being Jewish). The GOP concept of getting our kids to pay our taxes for us might have something to do with it.

Yeah! Because Obama campaigned on a platform of tax hikes and cutting government spending. Remember his pledge? "95% of Americans get a tax hike." Also: "Read my lips: no new gigantic entitlement programs!"
1.2.2009 2:01pm
Awesome-O:
Dang it, when will Obama send me some toys? Specifically, I'd like some Playmobil.

But which playset would you want?

"Trinity United," featuring a borderline-deranged preacher and a lanky congregant who sits motionless in the pews for years, unable to get up and leave?

"ACORN," featuring a fresh-faced Ivy League grad telling inner-city residents how terrible their lives are and carrying a thick stack of voter registration forms filled out by "Tony Romo" and "Terrel Owens"?

"Law Review," featuring an office setting and no published writing?

"Typical White Person," featuring an elderly white woman who demands to be driven to work by her layabout husband so that she doesn't have to walk past a belligerent black bum?
1.2.2009 2:08pm
Michael B (mail):
Natalie is a charmer, a heart breaker, no doubt. Wow.

Though if this gets out the Left will be pushing to lower the voting age accordingly, for illegals, perhaps for 3-year old and greater citizens as well, depending upon broader polling numbers.
1.2.2009 2:57pm
BGates:
Wait till those kids find out that the GOP concept is to transfer the tax burden to the kids
Whereas the Democrats will hike taxes now so that in a generation there can be a massive tax cut. Right?
What's gratifying is how many voters mature past the 10-12-years-old bracket.
Forcibly extracting money from other people isn't maturity, it's patriotism.
1.2.2009 4:19pm
Joseph Slater (mail):
Cute story, David.

My son watched a French version of "Dora, L'Exploratrice" in Paris last summer.
1.2.2009 4:23pm
R Gould-Saltman (mail):
I'm not going to use this perfectly charming post as an opportunity for political snark. I'll save that for elsewhere.

I'm going to simply note that Natalie probably has noticed (a) lots of excited public utterance, for good or bad, of a name, which doesn't sound like most of the names she hears, and (b) some sort reaction from D.B. upon the utterance of that name, particularly by her.

David, unless you had a true poker-face at this exchange, I predict Natalie's gonna be milking that reaction for a while as her favorite joke....
1.2.2009 4:44pm
BT:
I predict that Natalie will make a wonderful President of GM someday.
1.2.2009 5:00pm
jukeboxgrad (mail):
bgates:

Forcibly extracting money from other people isn't maturity, it's patriotism.


Tell us about the morality of "forcibly extracting money" from people who haven't been born yet.

Whereas the Democrats will hike taxes now so that in a generation there can be a massive tax cut.


No one is in a position to make strong claims about what's going to happen "in a generation." But it's not hard to figure out that paying our own bills is more moral than passing them down to our children. Which is exactly what our national debt represents, and most of it has been accumulated by GOP presidents:

since 1776, we have racked up a cumulative deficit — the national debt — of nearly $10 trillion . . . and fully three-quarters of that was racked up under just 3 of our 43 presidents: Reagan, Bush, and Bush.
1.2.2009 5:04pm
LM (mail):

She got kind of sad when I commented that Mary Sue showed she was an idiot unworthy of a government position, and that Barry is going to screw America so hard that we will wish Carter was back in office.

Have you considered that she may have been sad for you?
1.2.2009 5:06pm
Doc518:
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child! ;)
1.2.2009 5:06pm
Awesome-O:
since 1776, we have racked up a cumulative deficit — the national debt — of nearly $10 trillion . . . and fully three-quarters of that was racked up under just 3 of our 43 presidents: Reagan, Bush, and Bush.

$10 trillion? Chump change.

No serious talk about nation debt is meaningful without considering the underfunded liabilities of Social Security, Medicare.
1.2.2009 5:25pm
24AheadDotCom (mail) (www):
What a cute story! However, the child does reveal the truth: all good things flow from the Leader.
1.2.2009 9:53pm
Eli Rabett (www):
More to the point, flagship state universities are going private because they get so little of their funding from the state that the funding limitations placed on them by the state legislature (re tuition and donations) make it a better choice to cut loose. See UVa and William and Mary for examples.

As to Dora, they are changing the girl who does the voice. See if you can spot it.
1.3.2009 6:08pm
ms closets (mail) (www):
From the mouths of babes.
1.3.2009 6:46pm
jukeboxgrad (mail):
awesome:

$10 trillion? Chump change.


You must be Cheney. He said "deficits don't matter." You also sound like one of those guys who owns so many houses he has to rely on his staff to help count them. Can you spare one or two? I know some folks who are getting foreclosed. Their concept of "chump change" is different than yours. But I'm sure they appreciate learning about the GOP concept of "chump change."

No serious talk about nation debt is meaningful without considering the underfunded liabilities of Social Security, Medicare.


No serious talk about "nation debt" is complete without someone from the GOP trying to evade responsibility by changing the subject.

Anyway, a lot of the alarmism about SS relies on the premise that Treasuries are not a safe investment. Maybe so, but for some strange reason that's the exact opposite of the message we peddle to the Chinese bankers who are financing our wars and keeping our economy afloat.
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24ahead:

all good things flow from the Leader


Please use the proper terminology. It's "Our Leader." Or, if you prefer, "The Messiah: The Chosen One."

And it's no surprise to see something like that, since he encouraged it with statements like this:

I feel like God wants me to run for President. I can't explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen... I know it won't be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it.


But at least we haven't gotten to the point where people would teach kids to worship a president.
1.4.2009 12:41am
Hoosier:
How about "Brother Number One"? It seems to have a special resonance for Pres-Elect Obama.
1.4.2009 5:11pm
David H. Fuller (mail) (www):
But which playset would you want? "Trinity United," . . . "ACORN," . . . "Law Review," . . . "Typical White Person,"

Actually, I was hoping for either the pirate ship or the castle.
1.5.2009 12:37pm

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