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    effort to keep TV advertising and dumb shows with violence away from my daughter until she was at least two years old, so the very notion that Sesame street needs ads is such a short sighted and moronic thing for Romney to say.  They say that by the time kids are 21, they will have watched over 500 hours of commercials.  They just do not need that when they are little.  My sister made a lot of fun of me for doing this and only allowing certain shows and no fast food, and none of that garbage TV, and she made a point of taking her to McDonalds and showing Power Rangers when she was over visiting, because she knew I would not like it.  My daughter could sing the McDonalds song, just from visiting my sister and her kids.  It made me sick.  She had a limit to her TV watching, first breakfast, then Sesame street in her little chair and blanket, then Mr. Rogers.  She loved them both so much, I did not hear a peep out of her until both shows were over.  She would come in at a year and a half and talk to me in the way kids do...nobody but Mom could understand what she was telling me, but she wanted to tell me Mr. Rogers had put on his sweater and was done.  She knew how to turn off the TV, so I told her to do that when it was over.  We then went and did things until naptime, usually a walk in her stroller then a little picking up and then lunch, then naptime.  She is now in college and she remembers those shows like they were yesterday and when I told her that Romney wants to shut down Sesame Street, she was REALLY mad.  I do not think that this idiot understands two things.  One, the exact demographic he desperately needs in his corner, the new voters are ALL raised on Sesame Street and it still has a very special place in all their hearts,  and the same with Mr. Rogers.  I know people will make fun of him, but he taught kids about kindness and sharing and being a friend and a million more great things, all with that soft and soothing and caring voice.  He rocks.  So does Sesame Street.  My daughter signed up at college to help with the Obama get out the vote effort the minute I told her about this, and that her state was one we needed to win.  She is at school in Iowa, and there are some VERY mean conservative voters there, but there are a lot more Obama loving Democrats, and they are going to make sure he brings Iowa into his pocket.  This is a really great clip, and if only congresspeople could act like that today.  Not interrupting, caring what someone said, and even giving them assurances that their program has a chance to survive.   Mr. Rogers hit one out of the park, but I was just as impressed with the man at the mike who spoke with him.  

    "My Momma always taught me to play by the rules, and if you don't that's called cheatin'." - Donna Brazile

    by jjmn on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 11:48:23 PM PDT

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