My three-year-old boy Toby and I were talking about presidential politics in the car this morning, like we do. (While his baby sister Phoebe said, “RaaaUUUuUuurrrrRRrgh.”) We were looking back at the 2012 election, and Toby has drawn some interesting conclusions.
He often asks whether such-and-such a politician “did a good job,” and this time, after asking about Paul Ryan (I said, no, Paul Ryan did not do a good job), he had this to say:
Paul Ryan is a big guy who used to knock Mitt Romney down.
I asked Toby to elaborate on what he meant by this. He said:
Paul Ryan is a big guy who used to gink other people and hit other people with his long arms.
I’m not certain what “gink” means, but I suspect it’s a kind of knocking about.
Anyway, I then asked Toby what he thought of the winning ticket for 2012, and he told me:
Barack Obama is the president but Joe Biden is the big guy and he doesn’t need to hit everybody.
No he doesn’t, Toby. You’re absolutely right.