My daughter Charlotte loves the news. She is certainly the best-informed fourteen-year-old I know, and she has a better grasp on what’s going on in the world than most adults.
While on her 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. a few months back, they took a tour of the Pentagon. When the tour guide asked if any of the gathered teens knew the name of the Secretary of Defense, Charlotte was the only one to raise her hand. When she correctly answered Chuck Hagel, the tour guide asked, “young lady, what’s your name?” After Charlotte answered the tour guide continued, “well Charlotte, I ask that same question several times a day, and maybe once a month somebody gets it right. What do you want to be when you grow up?” Without hesitation my daughter replied, “the President of the United States.” […]