Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bob the Builder Too?

Recently, Sam discovered Bob the Builder. If you've not been around the under 5 crowd in the past 10 years or so, you might not know about Bob, but he's the star of a popular kids program featuring stop-motion animated construction vehicles that help him build and repair all manner of things. Sam cares nothing for the TV show; he likes the website. There you can finish projects in a reassuringly Bob Vila-like step-by-step process and play with all manner of construction vehicles that smile encouragingly at you.

Since discovering the website earlier this week, Sam has been obsessed. This morning, the first words out of his sleepy mouth was "can we play Bob the Builder?" His construction vehicles have suddenly become much more enticing, almost taking the place of his Thomas trains (almost, but not quite), and he sings the Bob the Builder song over and over and over. In case you haven't heard the song, here it is in a slightly modified version:

That's right, our president's writing staff plagiarized Bob the Builder to create a campaign slogan. Maybe that means he'll soon turn to commercials about restarting the Really Useful Engine of our economy.


Liz said...

we've been Bob fans around here for a long time! I knew all along, and was not surprised, that Obama stole his campaign slogan from a children's show.

Liz said...

Oh, and Nate sings that song, too, really emphasizing the "yes we can!" part because it makes me wince to hear him say it. He thinks that's funny. =)