Friday, October 5, 2012

8-Year-Old’s Letter to Romney Urges Him to Not Fire Big Bird

By | Trending Now – 10 hrs ago
People are still talking about Wednesday night's presidential debate, but regular joes and political pundits standing around the water cooler aren't the only ones putting in their two cents. Even youngsters are getting in on the controversy sparked by GOP nominee Mitt Romney's remarks, particularly those about beloved PBS character Big Bird. Eight-year-old Cecelia Crawford of Alabama wrote a letter to Romney pleading for him not to get rid of Big Bird.
Romney had said, "I'm gonna stop the subsidy to PBS ... I like PBS, I love Big Bird ... but I am not going to keep spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for." Cecelia and others were upset about potentially losing the long-running "Sesame Street" and other PBS shows. Cecelia's handwritten letter reads as follows:
"I saw you on the debate last night and you said you would cut off PBS kids with Sesame Street on it. It was my favorite show on Earth. But now I'm 8 years old. When I grow up, I'm going to get married and I want my kids to watch it. So do not cut it off. You find something else to cut off! Don't hurt little kids. They need Sesame Street where they can learn from it. Save Big Bird and his friends."
Reaction to the letter has been mixed. One skeptical commenter wrote, "If anyone thinks kids really write these letters, then I have a bridge to sell you." Another agreed with the letter, writing, "please Mitt ... just leave this one alone."
The letter was sent to Romney campaign headquarters by Cecelia's mom and also to the Huffington Post. No word yet from the Romney campaign on Cecelia's letter, and lucky for Romney, the legal voting age in the United States is 18.
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