The final page of the reader asked the child to vote for either McCain or for Obama. The top half of the page carried a picture of McCain talking to some children. The bottom of the page contained a similar picture of Barack Obama.
I saw my daughter checking a box.
"Why did you vote for him?", I asked.
"I don't want the black man," she replied.
She must have caught the look on my face.
"I like the blue one," she said in a concilatory tone, "Tomorrow, I can choose the black man. Okay, appa?"
A quick glance at the pictures explained what she was talking about. The picture of McCain had him wearing a black suit. The picture of Obama had him in a blue shirt with the sleeves rolled back.