Yes We Can!
Ok – so I have to rant a little bit here, and some of you may not like it. In my previous career, I was a loyal Republican political operative, working for leadership offices in DC and campaigns in California and Florida. From 2000-2010 I was pretty much obsessed with the national political arena and watched more C-SPAN than any young adult should. I tell you this so you understand my utter and complete annoyance with Bob the Builder.
My boys discovered Bob and the Big Dinosaur Dig on Netflix, and for the last week or so their two loves – construction equipment and dinosaurs – have merged. We have watched this little Bob the Builder 4 episode mini-movie a few times and so of course that catchy show tune is in all of our heads. “Bob the Builder, Can We Fix it? Bob the Builder, Yes We Can! ”
It was cute at first. One of us would start to sing and we would all chime in. Giggles all around when I mimic Lofty, “Uh, yea I think so!”
Well yesterday it started to turn South, and by the end of today it was like nails on the chalk board to me. My sweet little Associate A is running around just singing “YES WE CAN!” It is his favorite answer to every question, and he is so damn enthusiastic he is losing the Bob the Builder cadence and instead sounds like a little Obama-obsessed baby circa 2008.
Then tonight as I struggled to get them into PJ’s and to bed at a reasonable hour, I asked the question “Can you two please just sit still!” And in a calm patient voice he said it not once, but twice, like only then Senator Obama could…. “Yes we can. Yes we can.”
So now, guess what is stuck in my head? Not cute Bob the Builder, but the Obama ’08 campaign slogan and catchy inspiring viral video that Will I Am made.
Awesome. Kids are down at a reasonable hour, and rather than dive into half a season of So You Think You Can Dance that I had missed I have now watched it twice… wondering what in the heck went wrong and getting my political tail feathers in a tizzy. So much hope and opportunity squandered by a promising but unprepared politician. ugh…
I’ll stop there before this resembles a political rant. My anger tonight really is at Bob the Builder. I had successfully shut politics out of my life for the last 3 years until you came along… Bob.