The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, so it’s hardly shocking that the children of a journalist would prefer President Barack Obama’s re-election, but instead of being embarrassed by such stereotype-confirming views, Al Neuharth embraced them and decided to follow their advice in casting his vote – as if there were any doubt.
In his weekly column back on Friday, November 9, the 88-year-old founder of USA Today recounted how his six adopted kids, ranging in ages from 12 to 21, all supported Obama, including “Rafi, 12,” who “said Romney wants to ‘take from the poor and give to the rich’” and “Ariana, 14,” who “said if Romney wins, she wants to leave the USA and move to her second favorite country -- the Netherlands.”
Amongst the others: His 21-year-old daughter “is attending college at Temple University’s Tokyo branch. There she strongly expressed her support for Obama” and the 14-year-old Andre “says he likes Obama because the president knows ‘playing basketball is a good way to relax and get your mind straightened out.’”
Neuharth insisted “I’m not suggesting that your children should determine your vote. But I strongly urge you to consider their opinions.” He concluded with a hardly surprising revelation: “It’s that background that helped Obama get my vote.”
He lives in Florida, so his vote mattered.
USA Today featured another kid just as aggressively misinformed as Neuharth’s children. In a “feedback” quote printed below his column, Joanne Bamberger, identified as “journalist and author of Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America,” asserted: “Our 12-year-old daughter was concerned that Romney would do away with school food programs and Sesame Street.”
Did she bother to correct her daughter?