The Junie B. Jones Campaign

I don’t know who made this music video titled “Spread the Wealth Around,” but it’s excellent; funny but true:

I have several daughters, all of whom were fans of a fictional character named Junie B. Jones. Junie, a kindergartner and later a first grader, starred in a series of terrific books by Barbara Park. They are written in the first person, and the narrative voice–the rather scruffy Junie’s–is one of the best in literature, in my opinion.

One evening a couple of years ago, my youngest daughter was reading a Junie B. Jones book and started giggling. I asked her what was so funny. She read out loud a colloquy between Junie and her grandfather. Junie was seated on a dryer as her grandfather was doing laundry. The exchange ended with this, from Junie:

I need five dollars and you have five dollars. Boom! Do the math.

“Boom! Do the math” became a common refrain in our household. It was funny coming from a six-year-old. Not so funny as the basis for a Presidential campaign.

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