Political play of the day

April 17, 2008 5:56:56 PM PDT
A lot of adults probably feel the same way about politics as 4-year-old Sonya Wilkerson. When Sonya's mom tried to get her to introduce Chelsea Clinton at a presidential campaign event Thursday, the little girl stuck out her tongue.

Sonya's mom, Kerri Wilkerson, held Sonya in her arms as she told an audience at Haverford College that both she and her husband are supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton, daughter Chelsea and mother Dorothy Rodham sat smiling in chairs behind.

"She understands what it's like to be a working mother. She understands what it's like to balance work and a family," Kerri Wilkerson said as Sonya shyly buried her face in her mother's neck away from the crowd. Wilkerson said she wanted her daughter to introduce the candidate's daughter.

"Come on, Sonya, say, 'Chelsea,"' she said, putting the microphone by her face. Sonya, dressed in a pink floral dress and clutching a doll, stuck her tongue out instead, drawing a big laugh from the candidate.

"Sonya actually exhibited the way I sometimes feel when standing in front of audiences, holding microphones," Hillary Clinton said.

Chelsea Clinton told the audience that even if Sonya wouldn't introduce her, she did draw a picture for her in her favorite color, magenta.


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