The NBC-affiliate in Chicago also did a piece on him—and it's embarrassing. The kid is cute and brilliant; his parents are obviously proud. But the report itself is one degree shy of The Onion. In fact, it lays the groundwork for a sequel to one of the greatest movies ever.
Take a look at this 1 minute 38 second video.
My three favorite parts of this video:
1. "Blogger's mom" appears in the title card for little Stas's mom. What a dubious title.
2. When Stas explains his political leanings, I can imagine—in my wildest fantasies—people huddled around a TV nodding seriously and vigorously that "this kid gets it" or thinking "huh, I never thought of that."
3. When the reporter says, This 7-year-old "who helped others form their political opinions online." Really? Little Stas has influence online. Can you cite your source on that one?
Anyone ever seen Being There starring Peter Sellers? It was among the last films he made before he died. It's a terrific movie and if there was ever cause for a sequel, Stas is it.
In Being There, Seller plays a rich man's gardener named Chance (Chance the gardener) who hasn't left the house in years. Everything he knows about life comes from gardening and TV. When the old man dies, he's left to wander the streets but is quickly picked up and taken into the care, and trust of, Washington D.C. elite, including the president, who considers him a modern philosopher.
Will Obama follow this same path. Will Stas Gunkel the seven-year-old blogger become the nation's next great philosopher?