So, Big Kid and I just finished his assignment. He did a great job. The picture he drew is a little strange because it's him and Obama picking up trash and he used a brown crayon for Obama, with a beige crayon for Obama's arms and hands. I wanted to ask him about it but didn't because he was proud of what he had drawn, but I'm going to have to find a way to subtly point out that people's arms generally match the rest of their skin. I'm also thinking of putting a "Sorry your arms are white, kids are weird," note in with it.
While Big Kid was drawing, little kid ran around frantically looking for jeans, his Hog's Breath saloon t-shirt, his baseball cap and cowboy boots. He got dressed and paced back and forth, asking me if he looked good. I said yes and asked what the occasion was, and he said, "I'm 'cited President Obama's comin' over. I got to look good." He was disappointed to hear the president wasn't stopping by but he was happy to get additional confirmation that he really did look good.
Big Kid's note says, "Dear President Obama, I can help you make America a better place by being green, throwing away trash and saving water. Your Friend, Big Kid, first grade." His original transcription was longer, but once he had to rewrite it himself, he began liberally editing it down.
He hasn't shown any signs of brainwashing since seeing the speech or answering the question, but he is excited to put his package in the mailbox and he thinks the prez will be impressed with his handwriting.