The Cow and the Ice Cream…How Obama Won The Election


I was sent the following story my mother, a retired fifth grade teacher.  I have no idea if this is a genuine story, but that really doesn’t matter.  It’s a good illustration none-the-less.

–From a teacher in the Nashville area–

“We are worried about ‘the cow’ when it is all about the ‘Ice Cream.’

 The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade this year…

The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest.

 I decided we would have an election for a class president.  We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote.   To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members.

We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have.  We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot.  The class had done a great job in their selections.  Both candidates were good kids.

I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support.  I had never seen Olivia’s mother.   

The day arrived when they were to make their speeches.   Jamie went first.  He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best.  Everyone applauded and he sat down.

Now is was Olivia’s turn to speak.  Her speech was concise.  She said, “If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream.”  She sat down.

The class went wild. “Yes! Yes!  We want ice cream.”  She surely would say more. She did not have to.

A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream?  She wasn’t sure.

Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it.   She didn’t know.

The class really didn’t care.  All they were thinking about was ice cream.

 Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a landslide.

 Every time Barack Obama opened his mouth he offered ice cream and  52 percent of the people reacted like nine year olds.   They want ice cream.

 The other 48 percent know they’re going to have to feed the cow and clean up the mess.”


Would you like sprinkles on your ice cream.

Of course, it’s just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant


6 Responses

  1. This doesn’t in any way describe any of the solutions that Obama proposed. Any rational being knows you cannot get something from nothing. If anything, Obama is much smarter than this.

    I am willing to engage in a rational discussion with you over what was said, what was promised, how it would work, and why it is better for America and the economy.

    You seem to listen to Rush a lot (at least you describe him down to his weight), and it is a common practice to equate Democrats in general (including Obama) as a socialist. The reality is that those descriptions are just nonsense.

  2. Lighten up Mike. I thought it was funny and interesting, plus it’s my site and I wanted to mention my Mom in a post.

    The US has been involved in moderate socialism for some time. I don’t equate all democrats with socialism – I think there is enough guilt to go around on all sides for the problems that we have backed into.

    There is not enough money to go around for all of the government programs that are and have been proposed. Where is all this money coming from? The printing presses must be working even more over time!

    Maybe I’ll pull up some old posts on what was said on Obama’s campaign site and see where we are at today. Maybe when I feel like it.

    As a side note to your comment about Rush, I listen to him every once in a while, but he is on during the productive time of the day. His weight issue was all over the news, surprised you missed it.

  3. If as you say there is enough blame to go around, then why aren’t you calling Bush a socialist?

    I can agree with you that government spending has been on the rise and wasteful, particularly over the years when the deficits soared.

  4. Bush is not President. His problem is that he didn’t control spending and continued the massive government programs created in the many years before he became President. I would say many of these problem programs go back 40 years through many adms.

    I’ve made the comment with my friends on Facebook that Bush was kind of a socialist light tooling along in the family sedan and Obama is the real thing hurdling us at breakneck speed in his Ferrari into a pure government state.

    I truly think that our problems rest purely with the two party system and the massive power and corruption that are inherit in the parties. I really don’t see much hope for either party and would favor a complete do over. Fat chance on my part.


  5. If you truly believe that this is a problem for both parties, the headline should have been “How candidate win elections.” I would have supported that, and I may have sent a link off to friends.

    But the headline is specific: Obama, not McCain, not Palin. Just Obama.

    I cannot reconcile your explanation with the intent of the headline.

    I can accept that historically both parties have overspent, except for one: Clinton. He left office with money to pay down the debt.

  6. It wouldn’t have made sense with another title as the story is about a teacher and Obama.

    Clinton spent no money on the military and Bush had to reconcile that. He did little to reduce the size of government – like all the others before and after him.

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