Today, Governor David Ige is sworn in to office as Hawaii's eighth governor.
Me with Governor David Ige
In school, Olivia learned about elections. Since a lot of my questions about What did you do today? are answered with a generic Nothing, I often have to deduce what she did by looking in her homework folder.
I came across a little brochure teaching them about elections. It started with the basic "The leader of your town is the mayor. The leader of your state is the governor," etc.
At the end, it let her cast a vote, and she voted for Duke Aiona for governor. "Why?" I asked, curious what information these kids get to make their decision. Try as I might, and I make a living by asking people questions, I couldn't pull anything more out of her than, "I don't know. Just because."
I told her the man who won the election is not Duke Aiona. "So he lost?" Olivia asked.
"Yes," I said. "Three other men lost. One guy won. His name is David."
Without missing a beat, she said, "David Ige?"
I was sort of shocked she actually remembered that since she is, like, just seven. "How do you know that name?"
"I saw a commercial and he was in it," Olivia replied. I thought it was a Friends of Ige ad, but she continued, "This lady was saying not to vote for him."
The things kids retain amuse me. "Do you remember why?"
"The lady just said, 'Don't vote for David Ige because something something something," Olivia recalled.
She doesn't remember seeing ads for other candidates (well, the ad she saw was obviously for another candidate, but she only retained Ige's name) but she did hear the word Democrat a lot.
"What does that mean?" I quizzed.
"I don't know. Someone who's a demo and someone who's a rat?" Wrong.
"What does Republican mean?" I persisted.
"Someone who lives in a republic?" Closer.
So there you go. That's your second grade focus group, the future of our voting population. At least she's been in a voting booth, but hopefully by the time she's 18, there'll be a wee bit more information that informs her voting choice!
This blog is in no way a reflection of any of my political opinions. It's all Mommy talk.