“No one was more surprised than Big Bird when his name came up Thursday at the presidential debate. Mitt Romney stated that he would cut all government funding to PBS if elected, in spite of his affinity for our favorite supersized, ultra yellow feathered friend. In an effort to keep his job off the chopping block, the “Sesame Street” avian star has announced his bid to run in the 2016 presidential election.”
All right, I’m just having a little fun. Big Bird isn’t really going to run for president…then again, maybe it’s too soon to tell. In the spirit of the political season, I’d like to conduct a vote of my own, a little straw poll to see which “Sesame Street” character you would most like to see in the White House. Who is your favorite candidate? Let me know in the comment section, and I’ll announce the winner on November 6, election day!
Big Bird is sweet, optimistic, and inquisitive. He’s good at making friends, knows his ABCs, and asks a lot of questions. These are qualities we need in the White House.
“C” is for “campaign”? His announcement of a presidential bid would sound something like this: “Me running for office!” His grammar skills are beneath the level of my 2-year-old’s; his googley eyes would probably have a hard time reading a teleprompter or making direct eye contact, and let’s face it, he’s a human garbage disposal. However, he’d fill the U.S. treasury with cookies, make cookies the gold standard, and under Cookie Monster we’d have all the cookies we can eat. That’s a pretty sweet deal.
BERT AND ERNIE
Ernie might also by a great choice for president in 2016. His vice presidential choice would probably be Bert, although rubber duckie is “the one,” so everybody’s favorite squeaky bath toy might just end up in the number 2 slot.
OSCAR THE GROUCH
Okay, so maybe the White House has already seen its fair share of grouches. Oscar is a hoarder, arguably not the most desirable quality considering he would turn the White House into a trash heap. In the current political climate on Capitol Hill, however, with his habit of screaming “scram!” at everyone who invades his personal space, he’d fit right in. And when push comes to shove, Oscar does the right thing.
Not to be outdone by the boys, Abby Cadabby injects a healthy dose of fairy fire power into “Sesame Street” and always holds her own. She’s resourceful, tenacious, helpful, and a problem solver, qualities we need in our first girl president!
With Elmo, all you need is love, and that’s the way he’d lead. Nobody would be allowed to leave the congressional hall without a hug and a sweet and cheerful song and dance number to reinforce the positive and life affirming lessons learned that day. I think we can all learn something from Elmo.
Last but not least, I have to include Grover because fans would be too upset if I left him out, and because he’s one of my personal favorites. Another sweetheart like Elmo. Yes, he’s disaster prone and leaves chaos in his wake, but he has a heart of gold and really is out to save the world.
WHICH DO YOU CHOOSE?
I have left out some favorites like Zoe, the Count, and Snuffleupagus. Feel free to vote for any “Sesame Street” character. The field is wide open. Leave your choice in the comment section, and we’ll tally the results in November. Sunny days, everybody!