Lorenzo Rivera may be only 11 years old, but he knows more about politics than many adults.
The Chicago fifth-grader proves just how much in the new documentary "By the People: The Election of Barack Obama," where he is filmed making campaign calls on Obama's behalf in 2008.Later in the article, Houlihan reports that the calm and graceful Lorenzo's father just happens to work for U. S. Senator Roland Burris (D-IL). Quite a coincidence there.
In the movie, debuting at 8 p.m. Tuesday on HBO, filmmakers Amy Rice and Alicia Sams capture Lorenzo, only 9 at the time, handling a call to a confused voter with a calm and grace belying his young age.
One must credit the boy for sticking with the party line. Houlihan quotes him:
"I think a lot of people are putting way too much pressure on him (Obama)," Lorenzo said, sounding like a true politician. "The economy was about to crash and he stopped it from a total meltdown. But that doesn't mean he can totally fix it in such a short time."Even in articles purportedly reviewing TV programs, the mainstream media can find a way to beat the drum for - and make excuses for - Obama. Mmm. Mmm. Mm!