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Mr. Independent

So I was going to post a video I took of Noah last night, when he wandered downstairs in his Muppet jammies and announced that he wanted to "vote." He went up to the TV  and — amidst a sea of visual noise and percentages and red and blue— found a photo of President Obama, and touched it, iPad style.

"Check! I voted!" he said. "Bock Obama is the President of the United States."

And then he did a little happy dance. He also farted. 

I figured maybe I could edit that part out.

But then I realized I'd probably have to write a whole wind-up about how we have actually never talked politics with Noah, and that he simply wanted Obama to win because Obama is the only president he's ever really known and thus, in his little change-adverse mind, Obama should continue being the president. The fact that his opinion JUST SO HAPPENED to overlap with ours was just an adorable coincidence and not the result of us trying to push him into a specific party affiliation or put him in t-shirts and hand him signs to promote our own adult agendas and gaaaahhhhh.

I realized it was all starting to sound like too much work, what with trying to make sure people weren't offended or irritated and you're all probably getting gloating/opinions/tantrums from all kinds of classless idiots on Facebook and Twitter today AND ALSO EDITING OUT A FART TAKES TIME, so I decided to scrap it and post this dumb little video instead:

Mr. Ike Would Like His Dinner, Please from amalah on Vimeo.

Now that's pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and gettin' shit done. And also tiring your mother out, because LANDS, CHILD. You just climbed right up and ate my baby, didn't you? Why are you afraid of the vacuum cleaner and not of useful things, like gravity? 

PS. Good job, Maryland. And Maine and Minnesota and Washington. The pot thing is pretty cool too, but MAN. Marriage equality. Gets me so damn high, you guys. 

Comments

souphead

ZOMG! I love baby (still!) Ike so much!
First time mom: OH, get down! Be careful! *heart attack*
3rd time: *takes video*
I <3 U
Avery's favorite thing to do is run back and forth on the sofa. Sitting is for the weak (and old).

Val

Who cares about butt-hurt people? They are all busy stocking up on guns and food today anyways! I want to see the happy dance, fart & all!

CoraD

At the end of that video, was Ike trying to buckle himself in?! Shut the front door.

PS my baby/child called Mitt R a jerk this morning. Or that's how I interpreted it.

Arnebya

Oh, I am high on equality right now. Exact words said simultaneously between my husband and me last night: Holy shit, it passed.

Also, these kids of yours. Stop. Why hasn't someone invented a way to slow down time, let us keep them how young we want them for as long as we'd like? Get on that, science, damn.

Stuart

Sorry that internet responses have reached the point where you have to tie yourself in knots over a cute video like that (and I'm pretty sure farts count as gritty reality journalism), but I'm glad you had a good election and the gymnastic climb video is a great substitute.

Courtney@MNLiving

Baby Ike was not trying to buckle himself in, was he??? How is that even possible? Also...it's so adorable it is ridiculous. My Baby Mitch reminds me so much of Ike it isn't even funny...so I feel like every time I see a post about Ike it's really a flashforward of my life.

Call Me Jo

Oh, not-so-little Ike, I have no words for your grown up monkey antics. You are so much cuter than the angry Facebook posts of the scorned Republicans that you warm my heart.

Call Me Jo

Oh, not-so-little Ike, I have no words for your grown up monkey antics. You are so much cuter than the angry Facebook posts of the scorned Republicans that you warm my heart.

Stacie

Currently thanking the lord that I do not own a stepstool! :) My 16 month old is almost on the counters as it is!

Alicia

Omg! That is completely adorable! My best friend's 5 year old was so proud that he voted for Brock Omama in his school's mock election lol. And holy crap your baby is fearless! I have to fight my 2 year old to scooch down the stairs while I carry a laundry basket.

Wendy

My 4 year-old actually threw a tantrum when she woke up and found out Obama won. We don't talk politics in our house either, but she told everyone that she wanted Mitt Romney to win because Barrack Obama had a turn, and now it's time to let someone else take a turn. She was quite upset about the unfairness of it all, and could not understand why Obama wouldn't let someone else have a turn. I think she's about to jump on the Metro and put him in timeout for not sharing the office.

Sarah

It makes me a little sad to think that you would be chastised if you HAD talked politics with Noah (or Ezra for that matter). We've talked about it with our five-year-old - why we think Obama's ideas were better, but also about the fact that both men are good people (good dads, spouses and trying to be good leaders each in their own way)....it's just we agree with one more than the other and that's why he gets our vote. We've stressed needing to still respect the ideas of those we don't agree with. And those have actually been some REALLY useful discussions. I don't get into the nitty-gritty of why I think Romney's speech last night was a non-concession speech or other (what I personally view as) eye-rolly details. But kids are clearly impacted by the massive amount of energy that went into this election (or at least they are here in the DC area) and I think it is worthwhile talking about in some age-appropriate ways. If you choose not to, then that's fine....but it does upset me to think that folks would come down on you had you chosen to do so. It doesn't all have to pimpin' out one's offspring to put one's own base agenda on front street.

SarahB

Oh, wow, Baby Ike! Holy cow!

Hannah

"Of course I'm looking for the buckle, MOM. Because high chair safety is IMPORTANT, JEEZ".

<3

Stacy

I thought it was super-cute that Ike wanted to buckle himself in, so he would be safe! Also, my almost 4 year old told me to vote for a queen (hey, Disney doesn't make movies with Presidents).

Maxine Dangerous

So clearly not a mom. I was all "BABY! CLIMBING! FETCH! STOP! OMG! Wait, he totally did that effortlessly. Hmm." That kid! So cute. :) And Noah 'voting'?? DEAD FROM THE ADORABLE. :D

Sarah

Holy smokes that Ike is cute. And a touch crazy pants, but whatever. I sure hope you fed him after that effort! :)

Katia

My 3 year old often punctuates important statements with a fart. Nice to know it's happening in other houses too.

michele

That was one smooth move, I'm am guessing that it is not the first time that Ike has scaled the high chair into his seat!

Word on my 2nd grade nephew's school bus yesterday was that if Romney won he would get rid of Halloween & trick or treating, but if Obama won he would make the school day 2 hours longer - clearly no good choices there. He did what any good son would do & wrote in his mom's name on the ballot he brought home from school - after confirming that she was older than 35 - which he proudly announced to his class!

My 6th grade niece also claimed that Obama should not be re-elected because Michelle Obama has ruined school lunches! Where do they get this stuff??

Molly

I was truly blown away by how good a night it was. Lots of smart people casting lots of smart ballots.

Jessica V.

My 7-year old burst into tears last night upon learning that the voting he did in class wasn't real voting. He wailed that "they lied to us." Oh, the injustice of 2nd grade politics. :-)

Lauren @ T&G

My jaw hit the ground when I saw him reach for the buckle... Baby genius.

Lindsay

Holy omg. He is so, so cute!

Nrbp

My 9yo reported on the "fake" vote they did at school: 15 for Obama, 4 for Romney. There are 17 kids in his class. I asked if they also did a unit on voter fraud.

JenVegas

I am so glad this video "won" because I just laughed harder at that than I have at anything in the past like 2 weeks. Thank you. Keep on keepin' on, Ike.

Sarah

I love Ike's safety habits: climbing up to the highchair from step stool- no problem, once in chair after perilous climb- where the hell is the buckle?

Lise

Thanks for lightening my mood today. I'm in Washington state and am on tenterhooks because referendum 74 (establishing gay marriage) has not yet officially passed.

Zak

He's a genius.

Katie Stack

When you climb up into your own high chair i am not sure the buckle is necessary... what a cutie

Heather

Love Love Love this video and the baby in it!

norm

Yeah, yeah, adorable babies, whatever. CEIBA!!! CEIBAAAAAAAAA!!!!

KelleyMc

OMG with the buckle!! Safety first, little man. :)

Keeping my political opinions reigned in a bit, as well. Totally get it.

Anna

Totally killing me that he is trying to buckle himself in! So cute!

Betsy

I was born during the Reagan years and when my father explained to me the campaigning in 1988, I felt so bad for the President, I wrote him a letter, telling him I was sorry he was losing his job! Part of me wishes that I had kept the letter since it was pretty darn cute, but my father mailed it and I received a book on the presidents in the mail and a form letter from the White House. I felt so special!

Sharon

My favorite part of the video is the part where after he is securely seated he pushes the step stool away with his feet, preventing any chance of retreat. Classic.

Lynda M O

This is why by the time they are old enough to buckle their own seat belts, they Never Ever Forget to do so. I love it. As an EMT I have seen kids fall out of high chairs and grocery carts and land head first--ouch and scary for the parents too. Buckle them in and they learn to buckle themselves, Kiss that boy for me, mama, okay?

BlesstheFunk

BUCKLE WHERE'S THE BUCKLE AHH MAMA BUCKLE ME IN EEEUUH
I love it. Also, thank you Lynda M O - for the scary facts and the reminder to buckle my kid in the grocery cart. Not just for the safety of the moment, but to teafch him that he always uses the buckle!

Liz

You can't tell us about the awesome adorableness and then not share it!

After enjoying the video of Ike I started watching your other videos of the boys (cute overload!) and my cat is so perplexed he actually started digging under the laptop trying to figure out where these little people noises are coming from.

Amy

That PS gave me goosebumps. It is a VERY HAPPY week at the school I teach at here in Maine, where one of the teachers can now get married and for the first time is totally comfortable being Out with the kids, who are totally supportive. It's like a big love-fest over here. :)

Amy

That PS gave me goosebumps. It is a VERY HAPPY week at the school I teach at here in Maine, where one of the teachers can now get married and for the first time is totally comfortable being Out with the kids, who are totally supportive. It's like a big love-fest over here. :)

michele

My 8 yr old nephew staged a complete bipartisan debate at the dinner table a few weeks ago with Broccoli Obama & Grits Romney - this despite the fact that my sister & her husband have never discussed politics with him ...

Annie

I want to see the fart video. Do not edit it out....

Kathleen

My kid (same age as Noah), when seeing a Romney sign in the neighborhood, commented "I'm surprised they wouldn't want to vote for the PRESIDENT." It's the power of incumbency. BTW, sorry for accidentally stalking you at the mall last weekend -- it was just so weird to see you in a store, and not on the internet. (Like seeing Blaire on Survivor!)

stephanie

hysterical that he tried to find the buckle.

CarrieP

My son voted for Obama in his school mock election because, as he said, "My life has been going pretty well since he has been President." As usual when you are eight, it's all about you. My five-year-old daughter has been watching too much football, because she kept asking which president you were "cheering" for.

Julie

Watch out, world!

We live in a really conservative section of town. Last presidential election our older son's school had a mock election and McCain/Palin won by a LANDSLIDE. The older son has turned out to be something of a Michael J. Fox, much to our chagrin. We talked Monday night about the candidates and pros/cons and I have to tell you that listening to him spew FoxNews talking points nearly lit my hair on fire! The little one, on the other hand, is a huge fan of Bock Obama, so we'll keep him :)

Heather B.

I'm still fascinated by people (Or 'children' as they are often called) who have only known Barack Obama as president and it's totally normal to them that there's a black guy as POTUS.

Natalie

I see my son, Jasper, do (supposedly) amazing things for his age and instantly assume he's a genius. I then see videos, like this one, of other babies doing equally amazing things and assume they must be geniuses as well. What Im getting at is that I have no idea what babies are capable of, and will herein keep referring to them as geniuses. Ike, you're a freakin genius baby! Now just stop and stay that adorable forever.

Natalie

I see my son, Jasper, do (supposedly) amazing things for his age and instantly assume he's a genius. I then see videos, like this one, of other babies doing equally amazing things and assume they must be geniuses as well. What Im getting at is that I have no idea what babies are capable of, and will herein keep referring to them as geniuses. Ike, you're a freakin genius baby! Now just stop and stay that adorable forever.

Angie

My daughter likes Obama for the same reason. He IS the president, and who is Romney for trying to take his job away?!

Best Offers India

Thanks for the article!

Willyn

wondering if your child would be interested in politics someday, perhaps the next Obama..?hehe..

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