That is the question my 4-year-old asked me last week. He and his little sister were playing Chutes and Ladders, minding their own business, while I was making dinner, and something made him think of this question--maybe it was his Sunday school lesson from the previous week? My first reaction would have been to blurt out, "No, son, he's worse than a tax collector!" But, I don't think that would be the best parenting choice. In the span of about ten seconds, my mind processed several different things before I answered him.
1. Do I want my child to like Barack Obama? That's a tough one, but I have to honestly say, no. I don't agree with the majority of his policies or his views, in fact I consider many of them to be outright unconstitutional and immoral, so, no I don't want my children to "like" him.
2. Do I want my child to respect the position of Barack Obama? Yes. I want my children to respect the authority of the President of the United States. I also want them to understand that the President is put in position by the people and is supposed to work for the people of this country.
3. Do I want my children to know how I feel about Barack Obama? Sure. My husband and I are pretty vocal around the house about our political views, so I don't have a problem with them knowing that I disagree with Obama and his policies.
So, all of that considered (in ten seconds), I answered my sweet boy, "Well, not exactly. He is our president...but...he sure does like collecting our taxes!" How would you have answered?