This kept our son Quin, 8, who has Asperger's, from getting to bed, and he asked if he could come and watch.
Figuring this would be the world's best cure for the insomnia of a third grader, I agreed and he bundled onto the couch beside me just in time to hear the president say he was going to add 100,000 more math and science teachers. Then Obama added, "If you're lowering the rates as you describe, governor, it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect high-income individuals or burdening the middle class. It's math, it's arithmetic."
Quin leaped up and fist-pumped and began to jump on the couch and shout, “Woot! Woot! Yeah! Go math! Go science! It's your birthday! Woot!” He may be struggling with his reading comprehension, but the kid is two grades ahead in math.
His brothers looked slightly put out.
So Quin was now glued and invested in the debate, despite knowing next to nothing about the candidates. He's the ultimately undecided voter – he chose his party, platform, and candidate last night while watching the debate. He was also very upset to hear that the president's grandma had died.
“That's terrible," he said. "And he came to the debate anyway.”
This took a bit of contextual gymnastics and explaining, which made us miss a bit of the shouting on the dais.
Avery, 13, was deeply frustrated that neither candidate seemed to strict to the time constraints and that Lehrer wasn't more firm.