3-year-old's PBS NewsHour party
June 17, 2006 5:38 PM   Subscribe


 
This one blew me away.
posted by rougy at 5:42 PM on June 17, 2006


P.S. the new music blows.
posted by rxrfrx at 5:47 PM on June 17, 2006


I guess it was a slow news day... but I have to say that Jim Lehrer's shiny teddy-bear eyes do make him a good birthday party mascot.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 5:50 PM on June 17, 2006


The kid wanted clowns but Tucker Carlson wasn't available that day.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:22 PM on June 17, 2006 [1 favorite]


My little brother used to go *nuts* for the Night Court theme music, until he was 18 months old.
posted by migurski at 6:46 PM on June 17, 2006


Does he have a MeFi user ID yet?
posted by caddis at 6:52 PM on June 17, 2006


Awesome. FWIW, I've had a boner for Lehrer even before he went solo.
posted by bardic at 7:11 PM on June 17, 2006


The new music does suck. What's next, Eyewitness Action Newshour with the PBS I-Team?

Cool kid, though. I used to watch the end of "The 700 Club" because it was on WPIX-TV right before Tom & Jerry. I ended up a hardcore atheist, natch.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 7:22 PM on June 17, 2006


I miss McNeil. He was one of the best journalists. Lehrer is good, but I do not like the way he, and everyone else on the News Hour, gives controversial figures patsy interviews. They aren't as nice as Larry King, but they never seem to ask the really biting follow up question. It's a minor complaint though. The News Hour is my main news source, at least tv news source.
posted by caddis at 7:24 PM on June 17, 2006


That's adorable. And the kid can name more administration officials and Supreme Court Justices than 85% of the electorate. I just made that number up, but I bet I lowballed it. Good on you, li'l dorkboy hope-of-the-nation!
posted by maryh at 7:25 PM on June 17, 2006



posted by Saucy Intruder at 7:28 PM on June 17, 2006 [1 favorite]


This story makes me glad to be alive, and feel a little less silly for having been obsessed with watching the News Hour with my dad when I was six.
posted by jann at 7:46 PM on June 17, 2006


That is so awesome. I love that Jim was such a good sport and signed the photo with "Jimmy Jimmy BoBo"
posted by O9scar at 7:59 PM on June 17, 2006


sooooo funny and great. Thanks for the post. I want that cake!
posted by jba at 8:06 PM on June 17, 2006


Kick ass. Jim Lehrer is hot.
posted by intermod at 8:10 PM on June 17, 2006


This child is our future. Amazing.
posted by Navelgazer at 8:11 PM on June 17, 2006


He was in the WaPo, too. The whole thing is just adorable.
posted by anjamu at 8:13 PM on June 17, 2006


dang, from anjamu's link:

do you want ice cream with your Ray Suarez?
posted by jann at 8:54 PM on June 17, 2006


Hah, I used to watch that show when I was a little kid Up untill I was in third grade I only ever saw PBS, since that was the only channel my mom let us watch. So I saw Newshour from time to time. I even remember the (apparently obsolete) theme music. Dunt dun nun nun dunt dunt bwomp bwomp bwomp!
posted by delmoi at 9:46 PM on June 17, 2006


Imagine the outrage here if it was Anderson Cooper on the cake, instead of Jimmy Jimmy.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:19 PM on June 17, 2006


Or Bill O'Reilly.
posted by blucevalo at 11:27 PM on June 17, 2006


bwomp bwomp bwomp!

lol!

Cool party. I'm glad the parents let him have what he wanted instead of forcing something standard on him.
posted by obol at 11:36 PM on June 17, 2006


Or Bill O'Reilly.

A Bill O'Reilly themed party would be a "War on Birthdays" party.

All the kids just SHUT UP! while he blows out the candles.
posted by pruner at 2:19 AM on June 18, 2006


Great photo, Saucy Intruder. I love the "WTF" expression on the kid in the upper right.
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:47 AM on June 18, 2006


I love the "WTF" expression on the kid in the upper right.

***BASEBALL! ***
posted by rxrfrx at 4:11 AM on June 18, 2006


You win, planet. My confidence in humanity's been restored.
posted by Smart Dalek at 4:47 AM on June 18, 2006


Cool party, and very cool kid. :) At that age I had Holly Hobbit or somesuch on my cakes. tssss.
posted by dabitch at 5:03 AM on June 18, 2006


From the accompanying video:
"Are you concerned your little boy is going to grow up to be an unbelievable dork?"

I thought that was sort of rude of the news interviewer, and my response would have been that no, it seems he's going to grow up to be more informed than your average American.

I think it's great. I was into watching news programs as a kid too, because that was one of the things my parents watched, and keeping informed about what's going on is something that then stuck with me throughout my life. Hope he keeps up the interest and no one worries too much about him turning into a "dork".
posted by Orb at 5:47 AM on June 18, 2006


Big fan of the McNeil-Lehrer NewHour since way back. Consistently the best news show on tv and one of the only three or four shows I would watch, then or now.

Jimmy Jimmy's eyes are awesome. "Shiny teddy bear", indeed! :)

Great story, thanks for the post.
posted by darkstar at 6:22 AM on June 18, 2006


Jimmy Jimmy Bobo for president! No, no Cute Dork Kid for king. Can't be worse off than we are now.
posted by BillyElmore at 6:47 AM on June 18, 2006


He will bring balance to the Farce.
posted by Harry at 7:47 AM on June 18, 2006


So awesome. Maybe having kids actually would be a good idea.
posted by ibmcginty at 9:04 AM on June 18, 2006


I love this kid. I used to watch Compass (the supper-hour news program on CBC here on PEI) with my dad for as long as I can remember, sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of the TV.

When I was 6 I got to visit the local CBC TV studio, and walk around the Compass set. I went up to the weather map, which was the old fashioned board with magnet symbols and markers, and gave a very serviceable weather report based on that day's weather that was still up on the board from the night before.

And for the record, I did grow up to be a huge dork. :)
posted by Space Coyote at 9:55 AM on June 18, 2006


Huh. I loved the theme as a kid too. I would try to catch the end of the show since they would do the the extended version with the credits. Never got a cake out of it though.
posted by lester the unlikely at 11:59 AM on June 18, 2006


Is the reporter not aware that dork used to be a slang term for penis?!
posted by graventy at 12:53 PM on June 18, 2006


I thought it still was...!
posted by Doohickie at 2:24 PM on June 18, 2006


His mother, Jennifer Schally, designed party hats complete with pictures of the PBS news program's regular contributors.

"BUT I DON'T WANNA BE DAVID BROOKS! WAHHHHHH!"
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 2:44 PM on June 18, 2006


Does he have a MeFi user ID yet?
posted by caddis at 6:52 PM PST on June 17 [+fave] [!]

Good on you, li'l dorkboy hope-of-the-nation!
posted by maryh at 7:25 PM PST on June 17 [+fave] [!]


Is "li'l dorkboy hope-of-the-nation" taken yet?
posted by diddlegnome at 3:11 PM on June 18, 2006


When I was around that age, I was obsessed with Mystery!. Thinking back, it was the Edward Gorey intro that did it for me.
posted by Dr-Baa at 11:08 AM on June 19, 2006


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