Watch this little girl’s adorably emotional reaction to Barack Obama’s presidency ending.
A little girl perfectly expressed what many Americans are feeling about the end of Barack Obama’s presidency in a short video her grandmother posted to Facebook.
Caprina D. Harris, of Birmingham, Alabama, explained to her granddaughter how presidents can only be elected for two terms, a total of eight years, on Monday and captured the uncontrollable sobs of her grandchild on camera.
“Nooo!” the girl cries while walking around the house distraught about an America without Obama as president.
Her grandmother calmly explains the political process saying, “It’s okay. We have to vote for another president again.”
“I’m not ready for a new one!” she says between sobs.
The girl’s passionate reaction to the news that Obama can’t be president again resonated with many. Most of the 8,135 comments were along the lines of, “me too!” and “I feel the same way!” The video has been shared more than 6,600 times.
Harris wrote in her Facebook post that Obama has been the only president the little girl has ever been alive to know. The child also shares a birthday with Obama.
The video is hilariously adorable in the way that only videos of children overreacting can be but also serves as a great example to get kids involved in the political process.
“My kids aren’t interested in politics,” you might be thinking. Watching one debate with Donald Trump was enough for me to want to cry uncontrollably, but children do care about politics, according to KidsHealth.org.
The organization asked more than 2,000 kids and teens throughout the U.S. what they thought about presidential elections and how they might affect them. According to the survey, 75% of kids and 79% of teens answered “yes” when asked whether they thought that the outcome of an election would change their lives. Researchers said nearly half of teens surveyed said that they believed they’d had at least some influence on their parents’ choice of candidate.
Getting your children interested in the political process at a young age could help them become life-long voters, which America desperately needs.
The U.S. ranked 31st among the 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for voter turnout, according to the Pew Research Center. In 2012, the U.S. voter turnout was only 53.6%, based on 129.1 million votes cast for president and an estimated voting-age population of just under 241 million people. Scientists measure turnout by looking at votes cast out of a percentage of eligible voters.
So how do you do it? The same way Harris did. Experts say to keep the talk positive and provide reassurance and perspective. More importantly, ask your kids what they think and feel because this shows that you value their opinions and want to hear their views. Ask them why they feel a certain way and if they have examples to support their ideas to help them better articulate their points of view, experts say.
It is entirely up to you if you want to keep the camera rolling during these chats. You might catch an adorable reaction from your child that perfectly echos the thoughts of millions of people.